Connecticut women set new NCAA record for most consecutive victories by defeating Georgetown

Maryland hands No. 1 Duke its first loss of year

Posted: Sunday, January 19, 2003

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland made its new arena feel more like home by knocking off No. 1 Duke, the last undefeated team in the country.

Drew Nicholas scored 24 points, and newcomers John Gilchrist and Jamar Smith scored all the points during a 10-0 second-half run that helped the 17th-ranked Terrapins knock off the Blue Devils 87-72 Saturday.

It was the second straight year Maryland prevailed at home when Duke was No. 1, and it came at the new Comcast Center, which sounded a lot like Cole Field House when the final buzzer sounded and the students rushed the floor.

Cole, which opened in 1955 and had a capacity of 14,500, was the place where Maryland beat six No. 1 teams. The 17,950-seat Comcast Center, which opened in November, got its first taste of the Terrapins beating a top-ranked team.

Ryan Randle added 15 points and a career-high 17 rebounds for the Terrapins (10-4, 3-1 ACC).

The defending national champions had a 43-32 advantage in rebounds and went 29-for-31 from the line. Duke (12-1, 3-1) was 9-for-20, including 5-for-13 in the second half.

Dahntay Jones, who had a career-high 26 points for Duke, hit a 3-pointer with 14:21 to play that tied it for the last time at 53.

After Maryland's 10-0 run, the Blue Devils went 5:55 without a field goal, missing six shots and committing three turnovers in that span as Maryland went up 75-60.

No. 2 Arizona 87, UCLA 52

LOS ANGELES -- Salim Stoudamire scored 19 points and Arizona defeated hapless UCLA to complete its first sweep of the Los Angeles schools in 10 years.

The Wildcats (13-1) won their eighth in a row and remained atop the Pac-10 with a 6-0 record. They rallied to beat Southern California 81-72 Thursday and then sent the Bruins to their largest loss at Pauley Pavilion, which opened in 1965.

The previous record was a 104-82 loss to California on Jan. 24, 1993, when coach Steve Lavin was an assistant under Jim Harrick. UCLA's 52 points equaled its worst output against Arizona since a 53-52 loss in 1985.

UCLA (4-9, 2-3) lost its fourth straight and dropped to 2-7 at Pauley, its most losses at home in a season. The 1987-88 team, coached by Walt Hazzard, lost six games at Pauley. T.J. Cummings with 12 points and Dijon Thompson with 10 points were UCLA's only double-figure scorers.

No. 3 Pittsburgh 73, No. 25 Syracuse 60

PITTSBURGH -- Julius Page scored 25 points and Chevy Troutman came off the bench to add 23 as Pitt relied on inside scoring to beat Syracuse.

The Panthers, starting 14-1 for the second straight season, improved to 4-0 for the first time in 21 Big East seasons and ended Syracuse's 11-game winning streak.

Star Brandin Knight, a third-team All-American point guard, sat out for more than seven minutes into the second half after an accidental collision with 7-footer Craig Forth left him with a concussion.

No. 5 Oklahoma 70, Iowa St. 60

AMES, Iowa -- Bouncing back from his worst game of the season, Hollis Price made nine 3-pointers and scored 31 points to lead Oklahoma past Iowa State.

In its first game since losing at Oklahoma State 48-46 on a disputed shot, Oklahoma (11-3, 2-1 Big 12) made sure it wasn't put in that situation again.

North Carolina 68, No. 6 Connecticut 65

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Rashad McCants scored 27 points, including the clinching free throws with 3.3 seconds left, as the Tar Heels beat the Huskies.

The ACC scoring leader was 7-for-11 from the field and 9-of-10 at the foul line as the Tar Heels improved to 11-5, beating their second top 10 team of the season a year after a program-worst 8-20 record.

No. 18 Indiana 74, No. 8 Illinois 66

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Jeff Newton scored a career-high 28 points and had eight rebounds to lead the Hoosiers to the upset.

Nearly one year after setting a Big Ten record by making 17 3-pointers against the Illini, Indiana (13-3, 3-1 Big Ten) used the opposite approach -- repeatedly going inside against the Illini's foul-prone middle -- and made it work.

Auburn 77, No. 9 Alabama 68

AUBURN, Ala. -- Reserve Brandon Robinson had 13 points and seven rebounds to lead surprising Auburn over struggling Alabama.

The Crimson Tide (12-3, 2-2 SEC) has lost three of their last five games after being ranked No. 1 earlier this season.

No. 16 Kentucky 88, No. 10 Notre Dame 73

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Chuck Hayes had 17 points, 16 rebounds and five assists -- all career highs -- to lead Kentucky.

Marquis Estill 14 of his 18 points in the second half for the Wildcats (13-3), who beat the Irish for the ninth straight time.

No. 24 Oklahoma St. 76, No. 11 Missouri 56

STILLWATER, Okla. -- Victor Williams scored a season-high 24 points, and Oklahoma State put on another stifling defensive performance to win its 12th straight.

Melvin Sanders added 15 points and shut down Missouri's leading scorer, Rickey Paulding, who had 10 points -- seven below his average.

No. 13 Creighton 85, S. Illinois 76

OMAHA, Neb. -- Kyle Korver had 24 points and 11 rebounds to help Creighton overcome a 13-point deficit.

Korver, held to one 3-pointer and seven points in the first half, hit three 3-pointers in 56 seconds to turn a 47-44 deficit into a 53-50 lead with 13:47 left in the game. His fifth 3-pointer gave the Bluejays (15-1, 6-0 Missouri Valley) a 65-62 lead.

No. 15 Louisville 87, TCU 74

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Marvin Stone had 22 points and eight rebounds as Louisville won its 11th straight.

Reece Gaines added 20 points and eight assists, but he also had six turnovers as the Cardinals (12-1) looked a bit sloppy after a late Thursday game at East Carolina. Louisville turned it over 23 times.

No. 20 Georgia 81, Arkansas 64

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Ezra Williams scored 19 points and Georgia held Arkansas to 15 first-half points.

Jarvis Hayes added 15 points for Georgia (10-4, 2-1 Southeastern Conference), which won at Arkansas for the first time in six meetings.

No. 22 Oregon 79, Oregon St. 68

EUGENE, Ore. -- Luke Ridnour and Luke Jackson combined on a second-half surge that gave Oregon a victory over Oregon State.

The Ducks (12-4, 2-3 Pac-10) struggled in the first half, but led by as many as 12 in the second. Ridnour had 28 points, 19 in the second half, and 11 assists, while Jackson finished with 19 points.

Mississippi 67, No. 23 LSU 57

BATON ROUGE -- Aaron Harper scored 10 of his 16 points in the final eight minutes to lead Mississippi to the victory.

Jaime Lloreda scored 14 points and Ronald Dupree had 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead LSU (12-3, 1-2 SEC), which made just one field goal over the final 9:52.

No. 4 Texas 89, Texas A&M 61

AUSTIN, Texas -- T.J. Ford scored a career-high 25 points with an array of pull-up jumpers, layups and one thunderous dunk to lead Texas over Texas A&M.

Ford was 9-of-16 from the floor, 7-of-7 from the foul line and had six steals before leaving with 3:51 left and Texas up 76-50.

No. 6 Florida 77, South Carolina 75

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Matt Bonner scored 19 points, including a driving dunk with 35.3 seconds left, as Florida won its 11th straight game.

Matt Walsh had 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and Bonell Colas had a career high 16 points off the bench for the Gators (15-2, 4-0 Southeastern Conference).

No. 12 Kansas 81, Kansas St. 64

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Kirk Hinrich scored 26 points as Kansas extended its winning streak over Kansas State to 25 games.

Hinrich played all but the last 2:52 for the Jayhawks (13-3, 3-0 Big 12), who opened the game with a 15-0 run to win their 10th straight overall.

No. 21 Marquette 67, Charlotte 64

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Dwyane Wade scored 20 points and Marquette won its first game in Charlotte with a victory over the 49ers.

The Golden Eagles (12-3, 4-1 Conference USA) were 0-8 in Charlotte and played most of the game as if they would remain winless there.

Demon Brown, who hit a career-high nine 3s in Tuesday's win over UAB, finished with 23 points for Charlotte (7-8, 2-2) and was 6-for-15 from 3-point range.


No. 3 Connecticut 72, Georgetown 49

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Connecticut made women's basketball history Saturday.

Diana Taurasi scored 22 points as the third-ranked Huskies overcame a slow start to beat Georgetown 72-49 Saturday for its NCAA women's record 55th straight victory.

UConn (16-0, 4-0 Big East) surpassed the mark of 54 wins set by Louisiana Tech in the early 1980s.

With 30 seconds remaining, the crowd of 16,000 at the Hartford Civic Center began a standing ovation that lasted well after the final buzzer. The team received T-shirts and caps marking the milestone victory, and Taurasi and teammate Jessica Moore tossed their gifts into the crowd.

UConn went 39-0 and won its third national title in seven years last season. The Huskies' last loss was on March 30, 2001, a 90-75 setback to eventual national champion Notre Dame in the NCAA semifinals.

UConn plays at No. 21 Notre Dame on Monday.

UCLA holds the Division I men's record with an 88-game winning streak from 1971-74.

UConn led from the outset Saturday -- despite shooting 18 percent in the first half -- and the Hoyas (11-3, 2-2) couldn't get closer than nine points in the second half.

Carmen Bruce led Georgetown with 15 points, and Rebekkah Brunson added 11 points and eight rebounds.

No. 6 Stanford 77, Washington 63

STANFORD, Calif. -- Nicole Powell had 19 points and 12 rebounds as Stanford won its 20th straight game at home.

No. 16 Wisconsin-Green Bay 61, Wisconsin-Milwaukee 60

MILWAUKEE -- Kristy Loiselle scored the winning basket with 3 seconds left as No. 16 Wisconsin-Green Bay won its ninth straight. It was Loiselle's second field goal of the game.

No. 19 Villanova 58, Seton Hall 52

VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Trish Juhline scored 19 of her game-high 24 points in the second half to lead Villanova.

No. 20 Texas 70, Baylor 50

AUSTIN, Texas -- Heather Schreiber scored 23 points and had 14 rebounds as No. 20 Texas gave coach Jody Conradt her 799th career victory.

Rutgers 64, No. 21 Notre Dame 61

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Cappie Pondexter hit a 12-foot jumper with 26 seconds left as Rutgers came back from a 15-point second-half deficit to win.

Syracuse 76, No. 24 Boston College 71

BOSTON -- Julie McBride went 9-of-10 from the free-throw line in the final 53 seconds and finished with 23 points to lead Syracuse.

No. 7 Texas Tech 95, Oklahoma State 45

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Jia Perkins scored 16 points as No. 7 Texas Tech won its 15th straight game.

No. 11 Louisiana Tech 63, Fresno St. 53

FRESNO, Calif. -- Amber Obaze scored 22 points, and Cheryl Ford had 18 rebounds and 11 points to lead Louisiana Tech to its 10th straight victory.

No. 22 Arizona 80, UCLA 61

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Dee-Dee Wheeler scored 27 points to lead Arizona.

No. 23 Oklahoma 77, Texas A&M 39

NORMAN, Okla. -- Maria Villarroel scored 21 points as Oklahoma bounced back from Wednesday night's loss to No. 7 Texas Tech. The Sooners (11-5, 2-1 Big 12) held Texas A&M to 25 percent shooting to beat the Aggies for the ninth straight time.

Toccara Williams scored 12 points and was the only player in double figures for Texas A&M (8-7, 1-3).

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