Irish knock off No. 1 UConn

Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2001

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Third-ranked Notre Dame, responding to the largest home crowd in school history, beat No. 1 Connecticut 92-76 on Monday to end the Huskies' 30-game winning streak. It was Connecticut's worst loss in more than seven years.

In a showdown between the nation's only unbeaten Division I teams, the Irish ended a 0-for-9 drought against top-ranked foes and defeated Connecticut for the first time in 12 tries.

Ruth Riley had 29 points and 12 rebounds for Notre Dame, which won its 32nd straight game at the Joyce Center.

Kelley Siemon finished with 15 points and eight rebounds and Niele Ivey added 14 points and 10 assists for the Irish (17-0, 6-0 Big East).

Svetlana Abrosimova led Connecticut with 20 points and Sue Bird had 17.

Connecticut (13-1, 4-1) lost for the first time since Feb. 2, 2000 -- 72-71 against Tennessee. It was the Huskies' first Big East loss since Boston College beat them on Jan. 23, 1999.

No. 2 Tennessee 66,

No. 21 Mississippi St. 59

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tamika Catchings, last season's player of the year, scored 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds before sustaining a season-ending knee injury, as Tennessee won its 29th straight Southeastern Conference home game.

Catchings tore the anterior cruciate ligament in right knee after falling hard while driving to the basket with 5:34 remaining.

Gwen Jackson added 12 points and Michelle Snow had 10 for the Lady Vols (16-1, 4-0).

Mississippi State (10-5, 1-3), the only school in the league that has never beaten Tennessee, was led by LaToya Thomas with 16 points. Jennifer Fambrough added 15 and Cynthia hall had 13.

No. 20 Clemson 87, No. 25 Virginia 71

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Marci Glenney scored a career-high 21 points, including 14 in the second half, as Clemson ended its five-game losing streak against the Cavaliers.

Sophomore guard Chrissy Floyd had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Clemson (13-4, 4-2 ACC), which won at Virginia for the first time since January 1997. Erin Batth added 14 points and 11 rebounds.

No. 9 Georgetown 99,

No. 18 Seton Hall 91

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Kevin Braswell scored 26 points and No. 9 Georgetown remained one of two unbeaten Division I teams with a victory over No. 18 Seton Hall on Monday night.

The Hoyas (16-0, 4-0 Big East) and top-ranked Stanford (15-0) are the only teams not to have lost this season. The latest win extends Georgetown's second-best start to a season, topped only by their 18-0 start in 1984-85.

Texas 60, No. 15 Connecticut 56

AUSTIN, Texas -- Darren Kelly scored 16 points and seldom-used point guard Fredie Williams forced two critical turnovers in the final 40 seconds that led to four straight Texas points and a victory Monday night over No. 15 Connecticut.

Texas (13-3), which had fallen out of the Top 25 after a loss at Nebraska on Saturday, extended its home winning streak to 23.

Texas tied it at 54 with 1:18 left when James Thomas intercepted a pass at midcourt and lobbed it to Kelly as he was falling out of bounds. Kelly finished the fast break with a layup.



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