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Hannah Hidalgo registered 24 points, eight assists and six steals and Maddy Westbeld added 24 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 16 Notre Dame to a 79-68 victory over Illinois on Saturday in the Shamrock Classic at Washington.
KK Bransford added 11 points and seven rebounds for Notre Dame (3-1). The Fighting Irish prevailed while without standout Sonia Citron (20.3 points per game), who injured a knee in Wednesday's victory over Northwestern. Citron is expected to miss at least two more weeks.
Notre Dame star Olivia Miles (knee) has yet to make her season debut. She was injured in February.
Genesis Bryant poured in 31 points for the Fighting Illini (2-2). Adalia McKenzie added 17 points and eight rebounds and Makira Cook had 14 points.
Illinois shot 48 percent from the field but never once held the lead. Notre Dame shot 47.5 percent.
No. 17 North Carolina 68, Elon 39
Alyssa Ustby recorded 16 points, 11 rebounds, three blocked shots and three steals to help the Tar Heels cruise past the visiting Phoenix at Chapel Hill, N.C.
Maria Gakdeng and Deja Kelly had 13 points apiece for North Carolina (4-0). The Tar Heels forced Elon to commit 21 turnovers. North Carolina had just 11 miscues.
Jessica Booth and Maraja Pass scored eight points apiece for the Phoenix (1-3). Elon shot just 30.4 percent from the field and 1 of 14 from 3-point range.
No. 23 Ole Miss 67, Howard 54
Madison Scott scored 21 points on 9-of-10 shooting and collected 14 rebounds to help the Rebels knock off the Bison in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis at Paradise Island, Bahamas.
Marquesha Davis added 12 points for Ole Miss (3-1). The Rebels won despite making just 2 of 22 3-point attempts and shooting 35.9 percent overall.
Iyanna Warren scored 18 points and Tyana Walker added 10 for Howard (1-4). The Bison tied the score at 54 on Warren's 3-pointer with 5:24 left before Ole Miss scored the game's final 13 points.
--Field Level Media