The Sooners broke away from a 10-10 tie with a 12-0 run fueled by Hook's seven points. The Leathernecks kept the game under double figures until Ellenberg had a burst where she made a jump, assisted Shaya Kellogg's layup and then knocked down a 3-pointer for a 43-28 lead with 4:27 before the half. The lead never got below double figures after that and when Ellenberg hit a late 3 it was 51-34 at halftime.
No. 18 NORTH CAROLINA 75, No. 15 NEBRASKA 62
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Xylina McDaniel scored 25 points on 11-for-15 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds to lead North Carolina.
The Tar Heels (7-2) shot 48.5 percent from the floor and just 5 for 11 on free throws, but finished with 10 more steals and seven more rebounds than Nebraska.
The Huskers, who faced their first ranked opponent of the season in UNC, shot a perfect 12 of 12 from the line, but finished just 39.3 percent from the floor and 28.6 percent from behind the arc. Jordan Hooper led the team with 18 points.
The Huskers (6-2) have now suffered back-to-back losses after falling 76-72 on November 30th to Washington State.
No. 20 IOWA ST 83, NORTHERN IOWA 55
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Hallie Christofferson, Nikki Moody and Seanna Johnson had big games as Iowa State cruised past Northern Iowa.
Christofferson led in scoring with 22 points, hitting 8 of 10 free throws. Moody added 16 points and eight assists. Johnson had 14 points and 13 rebounds as the Cyclones (8-0), off to their best start in 11 seasons, out-rebounded Northern Iowa 49-30.
The Panthers (2-7), held to 36 percent shooting, were led by Madison Weekly with 16 points.
Erin Dohnalek's 3-pointer pulled Northern Iowa into a 14-14 tie before the Cyclones reeled off 16 straight points. Late in the first half, Iowa State went on a 12-2 run before six quick points from the Panthers made it 43-26 at the half.
ISU dominated the inside, out-scoring the Panthers 42-16 in the paint and 16-4 in second-chance points. UNI had 18 turnovers good for 24 Cyclone points.