No. 1 Illini remain undefeated

Augustine's 16 leads Illinois past Indiana

Posted: Monday, February 07, 2005


  Illinois' James Augustine (40) dunks the ball on a breakaway during first half action against Indiana at Assembly Hall, in Champaign, Ill,l on Sunday Feb. 6, 2005. Illinois won 60-47. AP Photo/John Dixon

Illinois' James Augustine (40) dunks the ball on a breakaway during first half action against Indiana at Assembly Hall, in Champaign, Ill,l on Sunday Feb. 6, 2005. Illinois won 60-47.

AP Photo/John Dixon

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — James Augustine scored 16 points and Deron Williams had 11 assists to lead No. 1 Illinois to a 60-47 victory over Indiana on Sunday.

It was the lowest point total of the season for the Illini (23-0, 9-0 Big Ten), who should remain the unanimous No. 1 in The Associated Press' college basketball poll for a second straight week.

Illinois and No. 5 Boston College (20-0) are the only unbeatens remaining in Division I.

Williams was 0-for-7 from the field and scored only one point, a free throw with 2:15 left in the game.

Robert Vaden and D.J. White each scored 12 points for Indiana (10-10, 5-4), which played without leading scorer Bracey Wright, who missed the game because of an injured left ankle.

No. 2 North Carolina 81, Florida St. 60

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — North Carolina's Rashad McCants scored 16 points, including a dunk that ignited a 25-6 run down the stretch.

Raymond Felton added 14 points for the Tar Heels (19-2, 8-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who shot just 40 percent, but committed only nine turnovers for the second straight game.

Von Wafer had 14 points for Florida State (11-11, 3-6), which rallied from an 18-point first-half deficit to within 49-48 on Diego Romero's 3-pointer with 14:16 left. The Tar Heels went up 74-54 as the Seminoles went scoreless for more than 7 minutes.

Women's Top 25

No. 1 LSU 67, Mississippi St. 40

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Seimone Augustus had 18 points and top-ranked LSU held Mississippi State scoreless for almost 14 minutes during the first half in a 67-40 victory on Sunday.

The Southeastern Conference's stingiest defense held the Bulldogs to just nine first-half points and kept Tan White, the nation's leading scorer (22.6) in check on 6-of-23 shooting for 20 points.

The Bulldogs (14-8, 3-5) couldn't get closer than 20 in the second half, and have lost six of seven since starting the season 13-2.

No. 2 Ohio St. 78, Indiana 46

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Caity Matter scored 18 points to lead Ohio State to its 11th straight win before a crowd of 10,434, the third-largest women's basketball crowd in Value City Arena.

The victory, combined with No. 23 Penn State's 50-44 loss to Purdue, gave the Buckeyes (22-2, 9-1) sole possession of first place in the Big Ten conference.

Jessica Davenport was hounded by Indiana double-teams but still finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds.

No. 3 Duke 75, No. 24 Florida State 64

DURHAM, N.C. — Monique Currie scored 14 points for Duke, which had a 24-2 run early in the second half to erase a 35-34 halftime deficit.

Jessica Foley added 11 points for the Blue Devils (22-2, 8-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who set a league record with their 31st straight home conference win. Freshmen Wanisha Smith and Laura Kurz also added 11 for Duke, which had 21 points from its reserves.

No. 5 Tennessee 99, Mississippi 67

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Shanna Zolman scored 21 points and Tennessee made a school-record tying 13 3-pointers against Mississippi.

Shyra Ely added 19 points and Brittany Jackson had 16 for the Lady Vols (18-3, 8-0 SEC), who have won 10 straight since a loss at Rutgers in December.

The Lady Vols were 13-of-27 from beyond the arc, getting five 3s from Zolman and four from Jackson.

Armintie Price led Mississippi (15-7, 5-4) with 19 points and Carletta Brown had 11.

The Lady Vols have won 42 straight regular-season SEC games and 57 against the league at home.

No. 7 Rutgers 69, Syracuse 61

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Cappie Pondexter had 17 of her 21 points in the second half and Rutgers forced 26 turnovers in a tougher-than-expected win.

Michelle Campbell added 18 points despite foul trouble and the Scarlet Knights (16-5, 7-2 Big East) remained unbeaten at home in 10 games.

Freshmen Matee Ajavon and Essence Carson added nine points apiece for Rutgers, which started four freshmen for the first time.

Jessica Richter had 17 points for Syracuse (11-10, 3-7), which lost its 13th straight game to a ranked opponent.

No. 10 Michigan St. 68, Illinois 59

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Liz Shimek had 21 points and nine rebounds to lead Michigan State (20-3, 9-2 Big Ten), who moved within half a game of conference leader Ohio State.

Shimek scored seven straight points in a 20-5 first-half spurt and had a critical three-point play in the closing minutes after the Illini cut a 17-point deficit to two.

Michigan State moved within three victories of the winningest season in school history.

No. 14 Minnesota 76, Michigan 55

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Janel McCarville had 21 points and 15 rebounds to lead Minnesota, which played most of the game without Jamie Broback, who sprained her left ankle early in the first half.

Broback, the second-leading scorer and rebounder, finished with seven points — 6.5 below her average. Reserve Liz Podominick had 14 for the Gophers (18-4, 8-2 Big Ten), who led by six at halftime.

No. 18 Georgia 68, Kentucky 64

ATHENS, Ga. — Freshman Tasha Humphrey scored a career-high 32 points, including the last five for Georgia.

Kentucky (14-9, 3-5 SEC) led most of the second half and with 1:10 remaining after Sara Potts' follow-up of a missed shot. But Humphrey drew a foul and hit two free throws with 54.3 seconds left to put the Lady Dogs (18-6, 7-3) ahead for good at 65-64.

No. 20 Maryland 87, Clemson 82

CLEMSON, S.C. — Ashleigh Newman hit seven 3-pointers and finished with a career-high 21 points for Maryland, sending Clemson to its eighth straight loss.

Kalika France scored 14 of her 19 points in the second half for the Terps (16-5, 5-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who had a school-record tying 11 3-pointers. France had four of the 3s.

No. 22 Temple 75, Duquesne 53

PITTSBURG — Kamesha Hairston had 18 points and nine rebounds to lead Temple.

Candice Dupree added 12 points and Cynthia Jordan scored 10 for Temple (18-3, 10-0 Atlantic 10), which won its 15th straight game.

Temple led 36-28 at halftime and outrebounded Duquesne 34-31.

Purdue 50, No. 23 Penn State 44

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Katie Gearlds scored 21 points, including two free throws with 21.7 seconds left, to upset Penn State.

Erin Lawless had 11 points and five rebounds, and Emily Heikes added 13 rebounds for the Boilermakers (13-9, 6-5 Big Ten), who won for just the third time in their last eight games.

Jess Strom finished with 11 points, and Big Ten leading scorer Tanisha Wright was held to six points on 2-of-15 shooting for Penn State (14-8, 9-2).


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