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Huskies win strong over Virginia Tech

Posted: Monday, February 11, 2002

STORRS, Conn. -- Tamika Williams scored 15 points and Swin Cash had 14 points and five steals to lead top-ranked Connecticut to a 77-42 victory over No. 23 Virginia Tech on Sunday.

The Huskies (26-0, 12-0 Big East) shot 57 percent from the field and forced the Hokies (16-6, 7-4) into a season-high 26 turnovers.

UConn struggled offensively against the Hokies in Blacksburg on Jan. 29. The Huskies won 59-50, but were held to their lowest point total of the season.

No. 3 Tennessee 52, No. 22 Georgia 50

ATHENS, Ga. -- Kara Lawson's driving layup with 1:06 to play was one of only two baskets in the last 13 minutes for Tennessee, but it was enough. Georgia's Kara Braxton had a breakaway layup roll off the rim at the buzzer.

No. 5 Duke 77, Clemson 69

DURHAM, N.C. -- Iciss Tillis scored 22 points in 21 minutes Sunday as Duke claimed the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season crown.

Monique Currie added 15 points for Duke (21-3, 13-0), which finished first in the ACC for the fourth time in five years. Alana Beard added 12 points and Michele Matyasovsky had 10.

No. 6 Vanderbilt 72, No. 25 Miss. State 53

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Chantelle Anderson, Zuzi Klimesova and Ashley McElhiney each scored 19 points as Vanderbilt took a half-game lead on Mississippi State in the Southeastern Conference standings.

Mississippi State's LaToya Thomas, the SEC's leading scorer, finished with 14 points -- 10 below her average. Freshman Tan White, who had been averaging 19.2 points, added 11.

No. 7 Purdue 79, Indiana 55

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Shereka Wright scored 21 points and Mary Jo Noon added 20 as Purdue won its 24th home game in a row.

The Boilermakers (20-3, 11-2 Big Ten) led by five with three minutes left in the first half before going on a 19-6 run that extended into the second.

No. 9 South Carolina 74, Kentucky 73

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Jocelyn Penn scored 21 points, and Shaunzinski Gortman had 15 points and 10 rebounds as South Carolina held off Kentucky.

Cristina Ciocan added 13 points and Tatyana Troina had 10 for the Gamecocks (20-3, 8-2 Southeastern Conference), who beat the Wildcats 78-49 in Columbia, S.C. last month.

Nebraska 67, No. 11 Kansas St. 52

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Keasha Cannon had 27 points and 16 rebounds as Nebraska beat a ranked team for the first time since beating California-Santa Barbara on Nov. 19, 2000.

Katie Robinette added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Cornhuskers (13-11, 3-8 Big 12), who snapped a four-game losing streak.

No. 14 Florida 74, Mississippi 73

OXFORD, Miss. -- Brandi McCain scored 21 points as Florida held off Mississippi.

Tara Taylor missed two free throws with nine seconds left to give Ole Miss the ball down by one. But Florida's defense didn't let the Rebels get a shot off.

Notre Dame 60, No. 16 Boston College 44

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Alicia Ratay started a decisive run midway through the second half to lead Notre Dame to its 49th straight home victory.

Ratay's jumper from the foul line started a 10-0 burst and Ericka Haney's turnaround jumper gave Notre Dame (15-7, 9-2 Big East) a 41-31 lead.

No. 18 Minnesota 86, Northwestern 78

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Lindsay Whalen scored 22 points to lead Minnesota over Northwestern.

Janel McCarville and Kim Prince each added 16 points for the Golden Gophers (19-4, 9-3 Big Ten), who outscored Northwestern 10-3 in the game's final two minutes.

No. 20 Old Dominion 72, Delaware 45

NORFOLK, Va. -- Lucienne Berthieu scored 19 points and Monique Coker had 15 points and 10 rebounds.

The Lady Monarchs (17-5, 13-0 Colonial Athletic Association) led 40-20 at halftime and cruised, building their lead to 36 points in the second half.

Delaware (17-5, 10-3) was led by Allison Trapp with 17 points, but she also had seven of the Lady Blue Hens' 26 turnovers.

Sharron Francis added nine points, nine assists and six steals for Old Dominion.

No. 24 North Carolina 80, N.C. State 71

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Coretta Brown and Nikki Teasley scored 23 points each and combined to hit nine 3-pointers as North Carolina beat North Carolina State.

North Carolina (19-6, 8-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) won at Reynolds Coliseum for the first time since the 1993-94 season, when the Tar Heels won the national championship. North Carolina improved to 4-0 since Teasley moved to point guard.



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