TENNESSEE 69, SOUTH DAKOTA 49
No. 12 Tennessee too a 41-18 lead by halftime and cruised the rest of the way, easing past South Dakota in the final game of the 2017 Cancun Challenge.
The Lady Vols (6-0) did have 20 turnovers, but the entire roster saw significant minutes, with Anastasia Hayes and Rennia Davis each scoring 12 points. Jaime Nared had 11 points and nine rebounds and Mercedes Russell closed with 10 points.
The Coyotes (3-3) were led by Monica Arens, who had 10 points. South Dakota was just 30 percent from the field and also took just two free throws.
ARIZONA STATE 72, COLUMBIA 48
No. 24 Arizona State used balanced scoring and ferocious defense to dispatch Columbia, moving to 5-2 overall in the next-to-last game of the 2017 Cancun Challenge.
The Sun Devils deployed a tough full-court press and forced 19 turnovers, holding the Lions (2-5) to 41 percent shooting from the field. Jamie Ruden and Robbi Ryan each had 12 points, Sophia Elenga added 11 points and Charnea Johnson-Chapman came through with 10 points and eight rebounds. ASU was 20-of-25 from the free-throw line and only had three turnovers.
Columbia was paced by Camille Zimmerman, who had 23 points. Madison Pack added 10 points and nine rebounds.
The Mayan Division all-tournament team was also announced:
Camille Zimmerman, Columbia
Robbi Ryan, Arizona State
Allie LeClaire, Green Bay
Jessica Lindstrom, Green Bay
Teaira McCowan, Mississippi State
Victoria Vivians, Mississippi State
MISSISSIPPI STATE 67, GREEN BAY 46
No. 7 Mississippi State handed Green Bay its first loss of the season, jumping ahead early with terrific defense and moving to 6-0 on the season in both teams' final game at the Cancun Challenge.
The Bulldogs put the game away with a 24-11 scoring edge in the third quarter, Victoria Vivians had 17 points and six rebounds for MSU; Roshunda Johnson added 14 points and six rebounds, Blair Schaefer had 13 points, and Morgan WIlliam came through with 10 points and five assists. Teaira McCowan had nine points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots.
Green Bay (5-1) shot 34 percent from the field and had 17 turnovers; the Phoenix were also held to 3-for-4 shooting from the free-throw line. Jessica Lindstrom had 14 points.
MARQUETTE 87, MONTANA 68
No. 20 Marquette rolled out to a big early lead and was never threatened, making 13 3-pointers on the way to a victory over Montana.
The Golden Eagles (2-2) were led by Natisha Hiedeman, who had 21 points and six assists. Allazia Blockton added 17 points and six rebounds, Isabelle Spingola had 14 points, and Erika Davenport came through with 13 points.
Montana (1-3) got 13 points and five rebounds from McKenzie Johnston, 11 points from Made Schoening and 10 points from Hailey Nicholson. The Lady Griz shot just 41 percent from the field.
Here is the Riviera Division all-tournament team:
Ashley Taia, Indiana State
Jaycee Bradley, South Dakota
Jace Henderson, Montana
Allazia Blockton, Marquette
Loryn Goodwin, Oklahoma State
Jaime Nared, Tennessee (MVP
SOUTH DAKOTA 71, INDIANA STATE 59
South Dakota had four players hit double figures in scoring for the first time this season, and a solid defensive effort in the final quarter allowed the Coyotes to pull ahead and move to 3-2 on the season.
South Dakota forced 22 turnovers; the team was paced by Madison McKeever's 14 points, while Allison Arens added 13 points. Jaycee Bradley and Ciara Duffy both had 11 points, as Duffy added six rebounds and two steals.
The Lady Sycamores (1-4) got a huge night from Ashley Taia, who had 21 points and hit five of her seven 3-point attempts.
TENNESSEE 79, OKLAHOMA STATE 69
No. 12 Tennessee took a big first-quarter lead and held off multiple rallies from Oklahoma State, locking down on defense in the final moments to secure the victory and move to 5-0 on the season.
The Lady Vols were paced by senior leaders Mercedes Russell (25 points, eight rebounds) and Jaime Nared (21 points, 10 rebounds), with the team shooting 53 percent from the field and hold OSU to 38 percent. Rennia Davis had 12 points, and Anastasia Hayes came through with 10 points and five assists.
Oklahoma State got another huge night from senior guard Loryn Goodwin, who finished with 29 points and three assists. The Cowgirls were just 5-of-21 from 3-point range and also struggled to hit free throws, going just 12-of-22 there.
OSU got within two points in the third quarter, but Tennessee never gave up the advantage; the Lady Vols also had a 41-33 edge in rebounding.
GREEN BAY 61, ARIZONA STATE 48
Green Bay moved to 5-0 on the season with an upset of No. 24 Arizona State, shooting better than 51 percent from the field and holding the Sun Devils to nine points below their previous low-scoring output of the 2017-18 campaign.
Allie LeClaire had 18 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Phoenix, and Jessica Lindstrom added 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Green Bay was just 1-of-9 from 3-point range but had a 39-23 edge in rebounding, building a double-digit lead it would not relinquish by outscoring ASU in the third quarter, 19-9.
Arizona State (4-2) got 13 points from Robbi Ryan; Jamie Ruden added 12 points and five rebounds. The Sun Devils were 4-of-22 from 3-point range and just 8-of-16 from the free-throw line.
MISSISSIPPI STATE 90, COLUMBIA 54
Seventh-ranked Mississippi State saw Columbia hang tough for two quarters, but the Bulldogs used their inside-outside strength and tough defense to run away in the second half, moving to 5-0 on the season.
Victoria Vivians had 23 points and three steals, Teaira McCowan added 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Blair Schaefer closed with 14 points for MSU. The Bulldogs were 10-of-21 from 3-point range and forced 22 turnovers.
Columbia (2-4) was paced by Camille Zimmerman, who finished with 26 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and three steals. The Lions were outscored in the second half, 53-25.
INDIANA STATE 57, MONTANA 45
Ashli O'Neal poured in a career-high 22 points and added three steals for Indiana State, which held Montana to 31 percent shooting in its victory at the Cancun Challenge.
Tierra Webb added 13 points for the Lady Sycamores (1-3), and Alexis Delgado had 11 points; Wendi Bibbins was held to just two points, but she had 10 rebounds, four assists and five steals. Indiana State was a solid 16-for-20 from the free-throw line, even though the team shot 31 percent overall from the field as well.
The Lady Griz (0-4) got 11 points and seven rebounds from Jace Henderson; the team was just 2-for-15 from 3-point range and had 16 turnovers.
TENNESSEE 101, MARQUETTE 99 (OT)
In a high-energy, high-stress matchup between two top 25 programs, Tennessee survived having three players foul out and Marquette's relentless play to earn the victory in overtime at the women's Cancun Challenge.
Allazia Blockton of the No. 20 Golden Eagles (1-2) was fouled on a 3-pointer with one second left in regulation; she hit all three free throws to tie it at 89-all. The Lady Vols (4-0) moved ahead, 101-97, on a drive and free throws from Anastasia Hayes; Marquette cut it to 101-99 on a layin from Natisha Hiedeman with 20 seconds to go. Both teams missed free throws; Hiedeman took the last shot, but her 3-pointer was off-target.
Tennessee (ranked 12th) was paced by the stellar all-court play of Jaime Nared, who had 26 points, 15 rebounds and six assists before fouling out on the play where Blockton made her three free throws. Mercedes Russell had 17 points and 15 rebounds, Hayes came through with 16 points, and Rennia Davis had 14 points and 10 rebounds. The Lady Vols struggled with turnovers all night, totaling 20, but did enjoy a 57-44 edge in rebounding.
Marquette got 28 points and 11 rebounds from Blockton; Hiedeman added 23 points, Amani Wilborn chipped in 15 points and Lauren Van Kleunen had 14 points. The Golden Eagles were just 4-of-18 from the 3-point line.