Taurasi, Moore lead Connecticut

Posted: Monday, November 24, 2003

STORRS, Conn. Diana Taurasi had 26 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and top-ranked Connecticut began defense of its national title with a 95-46 victory Sunday over Western Michigan.

Connecticut outscored Western Michigan (0-2) 54-6 in the paint, with center Jessica Moore a graduate of Colony High School getting 18 points.

No. 2 Texas 69, North Carolina St. 56

RALEIGH, N.C. Jamie Carey made seven straight baskets in the second half and finished with 23 points for Texas in the Jimmy V Classic. The win sets up a showdown with No. 4 Duke in the final.

No. 3 Tennessee 83, Chattanooga 52

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Shyra Ely had 20 points and nine rebounds, and Tennessee opened its season with a victory.

Shanna Zolman added 13 points and Loree Moore 12 for the Lady Vols, who play eight ranked opponents in their next nine games.

The Lady Mocs (1-1), were led by Katasha Brown with 16 points.

No. 4 Duke 93, No. 5 Purdue 63

RALEIGH, N.C. All-American Alana Beard had 20 points despite foul trouble, and Mistie Bass and Iciss Tillis added 18 each for Duke in the Jimmy V Classic.

No. 6 Stanford 79, Fordham 53

STANFORD, Calif. Nicole Powell had 20 points and nine rebounds, and won its fifth straight home opener.

No. 7 Texas Tech 73, No. 15 Rutgers 45

LUBBOCK, Texas Casey Jackson had 10 points and 19 rebounds to lead Texas Tech in the Women's Preseason NIT championship game.

No. 13 Minnesota 95, No. 16 Colorado 61

MINNEAPOLIS Lindsay Whalen scored 24 points, and Minnesota won the Subway Classic.

No. 14 North Carolina 92, Hofstra 45

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. Ivory Latta had 18 points and seven assists for North Carolina.

Latta made four 3-point baskets for the Tar Heels (2-0). Camille Little had 16 points and nine rebounds for North Carolina, which got 14 points and 11 boards from Candace Sutton and 13 points from Nikita Bell.

No. 16 Ohio St. 71, Florida A&M 56

COLUMBUS, Ohio Jessica Davenport had 23 points and 12 rebounds for Ohio State.

Caity Matter made five of 12 shots from 3-point range and added 21 for the Buckeyes (2-0).

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