Lady Raiders poised to take over top spot

Posted: Monday, January 05, 2004

LUBBOCK, Texas Natalie Ritchie scored 19 points, and second-ranked Texas Tech defeated Pepperdine 95-53 Sunday in hopes of moving to the top spot in The Associated Press poll.

One day after No. 1 Connecticut lost 68-67 to No. 4 Duke, the Lady Raiders (14-0) put five players in double figures. Jametra Clark added 17 points, Jia Perkins 15 and Jolee Ayers-Curry and Alesha Robertson 10 apiece.

Pepperdine (6-7) was led by Shandrika Lee with 15 points.

No. 5 Tennessee 66, Old Dominion 42

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Pat Summitt moved past Mount St. Mary's coach Jim Phelan and into third place in career victories in college basketball with 831. North Carolina's Dean Smith has 879 and Kentucky's Adolph Rupp 876.

Reserve Tye'sha Fluker scored 10 points, and Tasha Butts and reserve Shanna Zolman had nine apiece for the Lady Vols (10-1).

Old Dominion (6-5) was led by Monique Coker with 10 points.

No. 7 Purdue 76, Notre Dame 63

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. Shereka Wright had 21 points and nine rebounds, and Purdue atoned for its first regular-season home loss in 38 games.

Emily Heikes had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Purdue (10-2), which lost Friday to Penn State.

Megan Duffy and Le'Tania Severe had 15 points each for Notre Dame (7-5).

No. 9 Stanford 77, Washington 69

SEATTLE Nicole Powell had 23 points and 13 rebounds, and Sebnem Kimyacioglu scored 11 of her 16 points in the second half for Stanford.

Stanford (11-2, 4-0 Pac-10) avenged last season's loss at Washington (8-5, 1-3). Giuliana Mendiola had 23 points and Andrea Lalum 20 for Washington, which beat Stanford 92-68 last season, the Cardinal's worst loss in 12 years.

No. 10 Penn St. 64, No. 23 Michigan St. 62

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. Jess Strom made two free throws with 10.3 seconds left, rallying Penn State to victory.

Kelly Mazzante scored 26 points and Tanisha Wright added 17 for the Lady Lions (9-3, 2-0 Big Ten). Lindsay Bowen and Liz Shimek had 15 points each for Michigan State (10-2, 1-1).

No. 12 Georgia 92, South Florida 65

ATHENS, Ga. Christi Thomas scored a season-high 24 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for Georgia, which extended its home winning streak to 22 games.

Sherill Baker added 15 points and Cori Chambers 12 for the Lady Bulldogs (11-2). Freshman Nalini Miller scored 16 points for South Florida (6-6).

No. 14 North Carolina 72, Clemson 47

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. Leah Metcalf and Camille Little had 15 points apiece, and North Carolina snapped Clemson's nine-game winning streak.

Candace Sutton added 11 points for the Tar Heels (12-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who beat Clemson for the sixth straight time.

Lekeia Stokes led Clemson (11-2, 1-1) with 16 points.

No. 16 Virginia Tech 64, Providence 34

BLACKSBURG, Va. Kirby Copeland scored 12 points and Megan Finnerty added 11 in Virginia Tech's 12th straight victory.

The Hokies (12-0) took a 19-3 lead and began the second half with a 20-5 burst. Kristin Quinn and Janell Fabor scored six points each for Providence (4-8) in the Big East Conference opener for both teams.

No. 17 LSU 76, Arizona 66

BATON ROUGE, La. Seimone Augustus had 22 points, and Doneeka Hodges hit four 3s and finished with 18 points for LSU.

Wendlyn Jones added 15 points for The Lady Tigers (12-2), who were without coach Sue Gunter. She missed the game due to the flu.

Dee-Dee Wheeler had 25 points for Arizona (11-3).

Rutgers 56, No. 18 Ohio St. 53

PISCATAWAY, N.J. Cappie Pondexter scored the game's final seven points including a decisive 3-point basket with 5.4 seconds remaining.

Chelsea Newton led Rutgers (7-4) with 16 points, and Pondexter and Shalicia Hurns had 13 apiece.

LaToya Turner paced the Buckeyes with 15 points, and Stephanie Blanton added 10. Ohio State dropped to 9-3 witn the loss.

No. 21 Auburn 59, Monmouth 38

AUBURN, Ala. Le'Coe Willingham had 25 points and a career-high 18 rebounds to lead Auburn to its eighth straight win.

Willingham was seven of nine from the field and 11 of 12 from the line.

Mandisa Stevenson added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers (12-2).

Niamh Dwyer had five 3s and 18 points for Monmouth (4-5).

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