No. 1 Connecticut triumphs over No. 3 Vanderbilt in Women's NIT finals

Posted: Monday, November 19, 2001

STORRS, Conn. -- Swin Cash had 19 points and 10 rebounds as No. 1 Connecticut beat No. 3 Vanderbilt 69-50 Sunday to win the preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament.

Cash scored all of her points in the first half and was picked as the MVP of the tournament. UConn (4-0) also won the event in 1997.

Cash and fellow forwards Tamika Williams and Asjha Jones combined for solid post play in shutting down Vanderbilt (3-1). Williams had 11 points and four rebounds and Jones finished with seven boards, five points and a block.

The trio controlled highly touted center Chantelle Anderson throughout a very physical game. The 6-foot-6 Anderson had 10 points, seven below her average, and managed only two rebounds.

No. 2 Tennessee 106, Southern California 66

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Freshmen Shyra Ely scored 22 points and Brittany Jackson had 14 as second-ranked Tennessee won its home opener, beating Southern California.

The Lady Vols (2-0) didn't take long to get on the way to their 200th win in Thompson-Boling Arena since it opened in 1987 and 25th straight at home since a 74-67 loss to Connecticut in 2000.

Tennessee jumped out to a 10-1 lead in the first four minutes, and USC (0-2) got as close as 20-12 with 9:07 left in the first half after Aisha Hollans made a three-point play.

The Lady Vols went on a 15-0 run later in the half.

Hollans led Southern Cal with 26 points.

Toledo 71, No. 5 Duke 65

TOLEDO, Ohio -- Tia Davis scored 20 points and Melantha Herron added 18 to help Toledo upset No. 5 Duke.

The Rockets (1-0) beat a ranked team for the first time ever.

Toledo, with four starters back from a team that won the Mid-American Conference last season, trailed 30-23 at halftime. The Rockets outscored Duke 15-2 in the opening six minutes of the second half to rally.

Duke (2-1) had trouble finding a rhythm throughout the game.

No. 11 Purdue 89, E. Illinois 33

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Shereka Wright scored 16 points, Kelly Komara had 14 and No. 11 Purdue held Eastern Illinois without a field goal for nearly 11 minutes in the second half.

The Boilermakers (2-0) led 16-14 with 9:20 left in the first half, then closed on a 33-8 run.

Purdue outscored the Panthers 26-1 to start the second half.

Pam O'Connor led the Panthers (0-2) with 11 points.

No. 15 Notre Dame 42, Valparaiso 35

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Freshman Teresa Borton had 14 points and nine rebounds as No. 15 Notre Dame, after unfurling its national championship banner, beat Valparaiso.

The Irish won their 39th straight home game in the season opener for both teams.

The 42 points were the fewest ever in an Irish victory. The school record for the lowest point total is 39.

No. 16 Georgia 88, Maine 57

ATHENS, Ga. -- Tawana McDonald scored 16 points and No. 16 Georgia beat Maine in its season opener.

Kara Braxton, a 6-6 freshman, had 15 points and Christi Thomas scored 13. Mary Beth Lycett added 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Georgia blocked a Stegemen Coliseum-record 13 shots and held a 59-32 rebounding edge.

Missy Traversi led Maine (1-1) with 18 points.

No. 17 Michigan 67, Detroit 52

DETROIT -- Leeann Bies scored 23 points and freshman Tabitha Pool added 15 as No. 17 Michigan defeated Detroit.

The victory made Sue Guevara the winningest women's basketball coach in Michigan history. Her 94-54 record two games into her sixth season surpasses Bud VanDeWege.'s mark, which was set in eight seasons from 1985-92.

All of Pool's points came in the final 11:10 as the Wolverines (1-1) pulled away from the Titans (0-1).

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