Huskies dismiss Lady Vols

Taurasi dominates clash of unbeatens

Posted: Sunday, January 06, 2002

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Connecticut might be Tennessee's biggest rival, but Diana Taurasi has quickly become the Lady Vols' nemesis in just two games.

Taurasi scored a career-high 32 points as the top-ranked Huskies beat No. 2 Tennessee 86-72 Saturday to improve to 16-0. The sophomore guard scored 24 points before fouling out a year ago in the last meeting between the teams, which Tennessee won 92-88 in Knoxville.

But this time finding a way to stop Taurasi and four seniors and scoring enough points was too much for the Lady Vols (11-1). Most of the Thompson-Boling Arena-record crowd of 24,611 started to leave early or became silent before the horn sounded.

There have been 34 meetings of No. 1 vs. No. 2 teams in The Associated Press rankings since 1979. The No. 1 team has won 19.

Five of those 1-2 matchups have been between these teams. Tennessee has been No. 2 in three meetings when Connecticut was No. 1. The Lady Vols have won just once in that setting, 92-81 at Storrs, Conn., in 1999.

''Connecticut is clearly a more aggressive and physical basketball team,'' Tennessee coach Pat Summitt said. ''They work so hard. We didn't have an answer for Taurasi. Diana had her way.''

No. 3 Oklahoma 80, No. 9 Texas Tech 68

LUBBOCK, Texas -- LaNeishia Caufield scored 23 points, and Rosalind Ross added 21 and 12 rebounds for Oklahoma (12-1, 2-0 Big 12). The Sooners took a 24-3 lead and dominated throughout.

No. 4 Iowa St. 88, Nebraska 54

AMES, Iowa -- Lindsey Wilson scored 19 of her 23 points in the first half, and Iowa State rebounded from its first loss.

No. 5 Stanford 81, Fordham 55

NEW YORK -- Sebnem Kimyacioglu scored 14 points in a reserve role, as Stanford extended its winning streak to six games.

No. 6 Vanderbilt 77, Penn State 62

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Chantelle Anderson scored a game-high 22 points in front of the largest crowd (9,712) at Memorial Gym this season.

Kansas St. 89, No. 7 Baylor 75

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Nicole Ohlde had 26 points and 13 rebounds in the Wildcats' second straight victory over a Top 10 team.

Michigan St. 70, No. 8 Georgia 49

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Syreeta Bromfield had 20 points and nine rebounds in the Spartans' first victory over a nonconference ranked opponent in five years.

No. 13 Louisiana Tech 90, UTEP 53

RUSTON, La. -- Cheryl Ford had 22 points and 14 rebounds, and Amber Obaze scored 20 as Louisiana Tech won its sixth straight.

Louisiana Tech (9-3, 4-0 Western Athletic) forced 28 turnovers, had 10 steals and outrebounded the Lady Miners 45-31.

Kimya Murray led UTEP (3-8, 1-2) with 20 points.

No. 22 Tulane 69, Southern Miss. 68

NEW ORLEANS -- Delacey Joseph's jumper at the buzzer lifted Tulane (13-2) past Southern Mississippi (7-7).

Teana McKiver scored a game-high 33 points, Gwen Slaughter had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Joseph scored 13 for Tulane (13-2).

La'Tasha Sumerall led Southern Mississippi with 16 points.

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