Lady Vols keep SEC streak alive with win

Posted: Monday, February 16, 2004

NASHVILLE, Tenn Tasha Butts scored a career-high 37 points with a nearly perfect performance, and No. 3 Tennessee extended its Southeastern Conference winning streak to 30 straight by beating Vanderbilt 94-88 Sunday.

The Lady Vols (21-2, 10-0), who trailed at halftime for the first time this season in the SEC, haven't lost to a conference opponent since Feb. 2, 2002, when Vanderbilt routed them 76-59.

Butts, whose previous career-best was 19 points last month against TCU, finished 12-of-15 from the floor, a perfect 6-of-6 from 3-point range and 7-of-8 at the free throw line. Butts also had a team-high nine rebounds and seven assists.

Shyra Ely added 16 points for Tennessee followed by Brittany Jackson who had 14 off the bench and LaToya Davis with 10.

Hager finished with 23 points for Vanderbilt (16-7, 4-6). Carla Thomas had 17 and Dee Davis 15 as Vanderbilt lost its fourth straight SEC game.

No. 5 Purdue 80, Northwestern 45

EVANSTON, Ill. Shereka Wright scored 19 points to lead Purdue in a rout of Northwestern for its 12th straight victory.

No. 8 Penn St. 73, Michigan 44

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. Kelly Mazzante scored 16 points and Jess Strom had 10 points and 12 assists in front a Penn State women's record crowd of 15,389.

Penn State (19-4, 11-1 Big Ten) opened with a 13-0 run, while the Wolverines (11-15, 4-9) committed five turnovers and missed their first five shots.

No. 10 Minnesota 63, Illinois 54

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Shannon Bolden scored 18 points and first-time starter Kelly Roysland added 14 to lead Minnesota.

No. 13 DePaul 87, Memphis 78

CHICAGO Khara Smith scored 27 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for DePaul in a victory over Memphis.

Jenni Dant added 21 points for DePaul (22-2, 10-1 Conference USA). Sarah Kustok scored 12, and Charlene Smith had 11.

No. 14 Auburn 69, South Carolina 58

AUBURN, Ala. Natasha Brackett scored 20 points and Le'Coe Willingham added 17, leading Auburn over South Carolina.

Bracket shot 8-of-15 from the floor and was 3-for-4 from the foul line for the Tigers (20-5, 8-3 Southeastern Conference).

No. 16 LSU 91, No. 20 Florida 72

GAINESVILLE, Fla. Seimone Augustus scored 26 points to help LSU maintain their hold on second place in the Southeastern Conference.

Ohio St. 72, No. 17 Michigan St. 53

EAST LANSING, Mich. Caity Matter scored 23 points to help Ohio State upset Michigan State.

No. 19 Georgia 79, Mississippi 62

ATHENS, Ga. Reserve Christi Thomas had 24 points and eight rebounds to lead Georgia past Mississippi.

No. 22 TCU 100, Charlotte 91

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Kim Ortega scored a career-high 22 points to lead TCU to its seventh win inits last eight games.

No. 23 SW Missouri St. 71, Creighton 65

OMAHA, Neb. Jenni Lingor scored 23 points and Kari Koch added 16, and Southwest Missouri State defeated Creighton.

Trailing by a point early in the first half, the Bears (21-2, 12-1 Missouri Valley Conference) went on a 19-0 run behind 10 points from Lingor to take a 30-12 lead. Southwest Missouri held Creighton (15-7, 11-2) scoreless for over six minutes.

USC 68, No. 24 Arizona 66

LOS ANGELES Jessica Cheeks made a 3-pointer with just under a minute remaining and hit two free throws with 13.8 seconds left to help Southern California hand Arizona its second straight loss.

No. 25 Houston 73, East Carolina 65

GREENVILLE, N.C. Chandi Jones scored 21 points, and Houston made 11 of 12 free throws in the final 3 1/2 minutes for its sixth straight win.

The Lady Cougars (21-3, 10-1 Conference USA) rallied from a four-point deficit in the final four minutes to hand the Lady Pirates (14-10, 5-6) their sixth straight conference loss.

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