8:33 PM AKST, December 20, 2012
Despite their eye-opening comeback in the second half, the Old Dominion women were dogged by Kelsey Bone.
Bone, a junior center, scored a career-high 33 points as she shot 15-for-18 from the floor to guide No. 22 Texas A&M past ODU 78-55 on the second day of the World Vision Classic in Las Vegas.
Bone added 14 rebounds, two assists and a block for the Aggies (8-3), who have won eight games in a row. They will face Notre Dame for the tournament title at 8:30 p.m. Friday.
ODU (7-2), whose other loss also was to a top-25 team (California), will meet Alabama A&M in a consolation game at 3:30.
Shae Kelley scored 11 points and junior classmate Jackie Cook 10 for ODU, which cut a deficit from the teens to five points with 8:22 to go. But Bone's dominance and a technical foul enabled A&M to regain control.
Prairie View A&M 49, Hampton 42
Gabrielle Scott scored 20 points as Prairie View A&M won a first-round game at the Toledo Invite in Ohio, ending HU’s three-game winning streak and relegating the Lady Pirates to the third-place game.
Hampton will face Evansville at 4:30 p.m. Friday, and Prairie View will face Toledo for the championship at 7.
Keiara Avant had 18 points and nine rebounds for HU (7-4), and Nicole Hamilton added 15 points. HU led 19-9 at halftime and extended the margin to 25-12 with 16:39 left, but the Lady Pirates' usually airtight defense became far less effective.
Prairie View controlled the rest of the game and ended it on a 6-0 burst. HU shot 31 percent, Prairie View 33 percent.
Tianna Hawkins' 16 points and 16 rebounds helped No. 9 Maryland (8-2) beat Delaware 69-53 before a sellout crowd of 5,089 in Newark, a Blue Hens record for a women's game.
Delaware All-American Elena Delle Donne, who has been plagued by Lyme disease, played for the first time in four weeks and had a game-high 19 points for the Blue Hens (5-3). But she shot just 7-for-23, and Maryland closed with a 17-4 run. ...
Liberty beat VCU 76-63 at Siegel Center as Emily Frazier dished out a game-high 12 assists, while Devon Brown and Tolu Omotola scored 15 points apiece for the Flames.
An 11-1 run gave Liberty a 36-22 halftime edge, and VCU never caught up. Robyn Parks led the Rams with 15 points. ...
Arizona (8-3) defeated Longwood 86-68 in Tucson behind Davellyn Whyte's 25 points in 24 minutes.
Four women reached double figures for the Lancers (3-7), led by Daeisha Brown with 14 points.