Beard powers Duke women past rival Tar Heels

Posted: Monday, January 12, 2004

DURHAM, N.C. Alana Beard had 22 points Sunday and No. 1 Duke used a late run to beat No. 13 North Carolina 79-57 for the Blue Devils' 500th victory.

Mistie Bass scored 18 points for the Blue Devils (13-1, 4-0 ACC), who improved to 500-300 in the program's 29 seasons. Monique Currie added 14 points and 15 rebounds for Duke, which has won 47 straight conference games. State 69-55 in February 2001.

Freshman Ivory Latta had 17 points to lead North Carolina (13-2, 3-1), which has lost 10 straight and 13 of 14 to Duke.

No. 5 Tennessee 61, Mississippi St. 53

STARKVILLE, Miss. Shanna Zolman scored 17 points and Tennessee extended its domination of Mississippi State.

Zolman shot 4-for-9 from the field and 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Shyra Ely grabbed 10 rebounds for the Lady Volunteers (12-1, 2-0 Southeastern Conference), who improved to 22-0 all-time against the Lady Bulldogs.

Tan White had 25 points and 11 rebounds for Mississippi State (5-9, 0-2).

No. 6 Minnesota 75, Iowa 61

MINNEAPOLIS Lindsay Whalen scored 30 points as the sixth-ranked Gophers remained unbeaten with a victory over Iowa.

Playing before a frenzied crowd of 13,817, the Gophers (14-0, 3-0 Big Ten) used tight defense to ignite a 12-2 run that gave them a 57-46 lead.

Iowa (7-7, 1-2) struggled against Minnesota's pressure defense, committing 29 turnovers.

Whalen has 2,055 career points, moving past Laura Coenen into second place in school history, 42 points behind Carol Ann Shudlick.

No. 9 Penn State 60, Wisconsin 59

MADISON, Wis. Jessica Brungo scored 19 points and Penn State remained unbeaten in Big Ten play with a victory over Wisconsin.

Kelly Mazzante added 15 points, including a pair of key free throws in the final minute for the Lady Lions (11-3, 4-0 Big Ten). Mazzante now needs 27 points to tie Ohio State's Katie Smith for the Big Ten career scoring record of 2,578 points.

No. 10 Purdue 58, Illinois 49

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Shereka Wright scored 22 points to lead Purdue to its 11th straight win over Illinois.

The game was tied 22-22 at halftime, but Purdue (12-2, 2-1 Big Ten) opened the second half with a 19-4 run. Cindy Dallas led Illinois (7-7, 1-2) with 16 points and 10 rebounds, her 26th career double-double, and Angelina Williams scored 15 points.

No. 12 Georgia 74, Kentucky 53

LEXINGTON, Ky. Sherrill Baker scored 16 points and Georgia used a key run starting at the end of the first half to coast past Kentucky.

The Bulldogs (13-2, 2-0 SEC) scored seven straight points in less than 30 seconds at the end of the half to take a 35-23 lead. Georgia then outscored Kentucky (8-7, 0-2) 22-6 to begin the second half and put the game away.

No. 17 LSU 70, No. 21 Auburn 59

BATON ROUGE, La. Doneeka Hodges scored 20 points and Hanna Biernacka added 14 to help LSU beat Auburn in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.

LSU (13-2, 1-0) led by more than 10 points for much of the first half, but Auburn (12-3, 0-1) pulled to within 33-28 with 4 seconds left in the half. LSU built its lead up to 18 points in the second half.

No. 18 DePaul 88, Cincinnati 61

CHICAGO Khara Smith scored a career-high 35 points and added 10 rebounds to power DePaul past Cincinnati.

Smith's 17 first-half points helped DePaul (14-1, 2-0 Conference USA) build a 44-24 lead and the Blue Demons emptied the bench in the second half.

Debbie Merrill had 21 points and eight rebounds for Cincinnati (9-7, 0-2).

No. 19 TCU 78, Memphis 75

MEMPHIS, Tenn. Amy Pack scored 22 points and Ebony Shaw hit two free throws with 9.6 seconds to play to seal a win for TCU.

Devin Necaise's 3-pointer with two seconds left came up short for Memphis.

Adrianne Ross added 21 points for TCU (13-2, 2-0 Conference USA). Jordie Soso led the Tigers (10-5, 0-2) with 23 points and 12 rebounds.

No. 22 Ohio St. 77, Northwestern 35

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Caity Matter hit four 3-pointers and scored 21 points to lead Ohio State to over Northwestern.

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