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Summitt climbs past Smith

Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2005

 

  Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt directs her team during their second round NCAA Tournament game against Purdue in Knoxville, Tenn., Tuesday, March 22, 2005 . Summitt becomes the winningest basketball coach in NCAA history, passing Dean Smith with her 880th victory after Tennessee beat Purdue 75-54 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. AP Photo/Rogelio Solis

Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt directs her team during their second round NCAA Tournament game against Purdue in Knoxville, Tenn., Tuesday, March 22, 2005 . Summitt becomes the winningest basketball coach in NCAA history, passing Dean Smith with her 880th victory after Tennessee beat Purdue 75-54 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.

AP Photo/Rogelio Solis

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Pat Summitt stands alone at the top of NCAA basketball.

The Tennessee coach broke Dean Smith's career victory record Tuesday night, getting No. 880 in the top-seeded Lady Vols' 75-54 win over Purdue in the NCAA tournament.

Summitt tied Smith at 879 with an easy win over Western Carolina in the first round Sunday night and passed the former North Carolina men's coach with another convincing victory. Summitt is 880-171, while Smith was 879-254 in 36 seasons with the Tar Heels.

''First and foremost, we're going to the Sweet 16,'' Summitt said. ''Obviously, to be in the company with Coach Smith, to think about all the people that were a part of these wins, I never thought I'd live this long.''

After the game, NCAA officials presented Summitt with the game ball and a plaque and the school said the court at Thompson-Boling Arena will be named ''The Summitt.''

Tennessee (28-4), seeking its seventh national title under Summitt, will face fourth-seeded Texas Tech on Sunday in the Philadelphia Regional semifinals.

Tye'sha Fluker tied her career high with 18 points and had 10 rebounds for Tennessee, 46-0 in NCAA tournament games in Knoxville. Shyra Ely added 16 points, and Shanna Zolman had 15.

Sharika Webb had 16 points and 10 rebounds for ninth-seeded Purdue (17-13).

Ohio St. 75, Maryland 65

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Brandie Hoskins scored 22 points, and Ohio State advanced to the round of 16 for the first time since 1993.

Jessica Davenport had 15 points and nine rebounds, Caity Matter scored 16 points and Stephanie Blanton added 12 for the second-seeded Buckeyes (30-4), who will face Rutgers on Sunday in Philadelphia in the regional semifinals.

Crystal Langhorne had 22 points and 16 rebounds for seventh-seeded Maryland (22-10).

Rutgers 61, Temple 54

STORRS, Conn. — Cappie Pondexter scored 25 points to help third-seeded Rutgers end sixth-seeded Temple's winning streak at 25 games.

Pondexter made 7-of-14 shots and hit all three of her 3-point attempts. She also had five of Rutgers' 13 steals. Chelsea Newton added 11 points for Rutgers (27-6).

Cynthia Jordan led Temple (27-6) with 15 points.

Chattanooga Regional

Liberty 88, DePaul 79

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Katie Feenstra had 29 points and 13 rebounds, and Liberty followed up its first NCAA tournament victory by shocking DePaul.

With Liberty's chancellor, the Rev. Jerry Falwell, watching in a front-row seat, the Flames (26-6) weathered a 16-0 run in the second half to become only the second 13th seed to advance to the round of 16 — duplicating Texas A&M's feat in 1994.

The Flames, 0-8 in NCAA tournament play before beating fourth-seeded Penn State on Sunday, will face top-seeded LSU on Saturday in Chattanooga.

Khara Smith had 27 points for fifth-seeded DePaul (26-5).

LSU 76, Arizona 43

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Temeka Johnson scored all 14 of her points in the first half and had 10 assists to help LSU rout Arizona.

Johnson had a perfect shooting night, going 4-of-4 from the field, including two 3-pointers, and 4-of-4 at the foul line. She did not attempt a shot in the second half.

Seimone Augustus had 18 points for the Lady Tigers (31-2), the tournament's No. 1 overall seed. Dee-Dee Wheeler led ninth-seeded Arizona (20-12) with 13 points.

Duke 70, Boston College 65

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Monique Currie scored 21 points, and sophomore center Alison Bales scored 10 of her 16 points down the stretch to help Duke reach the round of 16 for the eighth straight year.

Mistie Williams added 12 points for the second-seeded Blue Devils (30-4), who will face sixth-seeded Georgia on Saturday in Chattanooga.

Clare Droesch scored 23 points for Boston College (20-10).

Kansas City Regional

Connecticut 70, Florida St. 52

STORRS, Conn. — Ann Strother scored 19 points, and Jessica Moore had 11 points and 12 rebounds for three-time defending national champion Connecticut.

UConn (25-7), in the round of 16 for the 12th straight year, has won its last 20 NCAA games since falling to Notre Dame in the 2001 national semifinals. The Huskies will play second-seeded Stanford in the Kansas City Regional semifinals Sunday.

Roneeka Hodges had 28 points for the sixth-seeded Seminoles (24-8).

Tempe Regional

North Carolina 71, George Washington 47

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Ivory Latta scored 17 points, and Nikita Bell added 16 points, nine rebounds and six steals for top-seeded North Carolina.

The Tar Heels (29-3), who have won 15 straight games since an overtime loss at Florida State in January, will play fifth-seeded Arizona State on Saturday in the regional semifinals on the Sun Devils' home court.

Kenan Cole scored 11 points for the ninth-seeded Colonials (23-9).



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