No. 12 Wildcats race past Mississippi; UConn women bounce Hoyas

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2002

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Tayshaun Prince scored 19 points and Marquis Estill had 15 as No. 12 Kentucky beat Mississippi 87-64 Tuesday night.

Gerald Fitch had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Wildcats (11-4, 2-2 Southeastern Conference), who won their second straight game following consecutive losses.

David Sanders scored 17 points, Emmanuel Wade had 13 and Justin Reed added 11 for the Rebels (13-4, 2-2), who were 3-of-18 from 3-point range and shot a season-low 33 percent.

Mississippi trailed by 24 points late in the first half and by 15 at halftime. The Rebels cut the lead to 11 with 13:11 to play, but would get no closer.

No. 4 Kansas 79, No. 6 Oklahoma St. 61

STILLWATER, Okla. -- Drew Gooden had 17 points and Kirk Hinrich added 15 to lead the Jayhawks (14-2, 3-0 Big 12) to the easy win in their first game after falling out of the No. 1 spot in the poll.

Fredrik Jonzen had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Cowboys (15-2, 2-2), who lost consecutive conference games at home for the first time since February 1988. The 18-point loss was the worst at home in Eddie Sutton's 12 years as Oklahoma State's coach.

No. 10 Virginia 86, No. 14 Wake Forest 74

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Travis Watson had 20 points and 17 rebounds and Roger Mason Jr. scored 25 points for the Cavaliers (11-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who used a 24-14 run to open the second half to take a 65-53 lead.

Josh Howard had 19 points for the Demon Deacons (13-4, 3-1), who had won four straight ACC road games.

No. 11 Illinois 77, No. 17 Iowa 66

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Brian Cook had 21 points and Frank Williams flirted with a triple-double -- 16 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and four steals -- for the Illini (14-4, 3-2 Big Ten).

Luke Recker, the Big Ten's leading scorer, had 16 points on 5-for-13 shooting for the Hawkeyes (13-6, 2-3), while Reggie Evans had 12 points and six rebounds, well off his averages of 17.7 points and 11.7 rebounds.

No. 24 Miami 76, Pittsburgh 69, 2OT

MIAMI -- Marcus Barnes, whose 3-pointer helped sent the game into overtime, hit a key 3-pointer in the second overtime.

Barnes missed two free throws with 1.3 seconds to play, and the game went to the second overtime tied at 65. His 3-pointer in the second overtime gave Miami a 70-66 lead with 3:07 to play.

John Salmons had 25 points for the Hurricanes (16-2, 3-2 Big East).

Ontario Lett scored a career-high 18 points for the Panthers (15-3, 3-2), who lost their second consecutive game.

No. 23 Oregon 71, Willamette 48

EUGENE, Ore. -- Frederick Jones scored 19 points and Luke Ridnour added 14 as Oregon defeated Division III Willamette in a game commemorating the 75th anniversary of McArthur Court.

On Jan. 14, 1927, the Ducks opened the building with a 38-10 victory over Willamette.

The victory gave the Ducks (13-4) an 11-0 home record for the first time since 1938.

Women's Top 25

WASHINGTON -- Swin Cash had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and top-ranked Connecticut scored the game's first 15 points in an 85-41 victory Tuesday night over Georgetown.

UConn (19-0, 5-0 Big East) held the Hoyas scoreless for the first 5:07. Fast starts are the norm for the Huskies, who have outscored the opposition 250-110 in the first five minutes of games this season.

By the time Lesley Walker hit a 3-pointer for Georgetown (9-7, 1-4), the Hoyas had committed eight turnovers, attempted just five shots and were well on the way to their 14th straight loss to the Huskies. UConn has won those games by an average of 37 points.

Tamika Williams added 13 points for UConn. Mary Lisicky led Georgetown with 12 points.

No. 14 Iowa St. 82, No. 3 Oklahoma 66

AMES, Iowa -- Angie Welle made 10-of-11 shots in scoring 28 points, and Iowa State ended Oklahoma's 18-game Big 12 Conference winning streak.

Iowa State (14-3, 2-3) made a complete turnaround after losing two straight road games last week -- including a 17-point defeat at Texas A&M.

Oklahoma (14-2, 4-1), which had lost only to No. 1 Connecticut this season, had not been beaten in the Big 12 since an 81-79 setback against Iowa State on Jan. 6, 2001.

Tracy Gahan added 25 points and Lindsey Wilson 16 for Iowa State.

LaNeishea Caufield led Oklahoma with 24 points, Caton Hill had 17 points and Stacey Dales 13 for the Sooners.

No. 25 Boston College 69, Providence 49

BOSTON -- Brianne Stepherson scored 18 points, and Boston College used two big runs to win for the 10th time in 11 games.

Clare Droesch added 16 points and Kim Mackie had 11 points and eight rebounds for the Eagles (13-3, 4-1 Big East).

Michal Epstein had 12 points for the Friars (8-9, 2-4), who lost their eighth straight game.

The game was close for the opening 6 1/2 minutes before the Eagles went on a 13-4 run to open their first double-figures lead at 24-14. Boston College broke the game open with a 16-2 run midway through the second half, holding the Friars to one basket in 6 1/2 minutes.

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