Lady Vols dispose of Illini at Maui

Posted: Sunday, November 26, 2000

LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Second-ranked Tennessee scored on 11 of its first 12 possessions and beat No. 21 Illinois 111-62 in the championship game of the inaugural women's Maui Invitational on Saturday.

Michelle Snow of the Lady Vols capped the first half with a dunk.

The Lady Vols (3-0) went 9-for-9 from the field and went on a 25-3 run at the outset, but that start became an afterthought after Snow's breakaway dunk with 10 seconds left made it 61-25.

The 6-foot-5 junior center delivered the fifth dunk in a game in the history of women's college basketball.

Snow joins Georgeann Wells of West Virginia, who dunked twice in the 1984-85 season, and Charlotte Smith and Sylvia Crawley of North Carolina, who dunked in different games for the Tar Heels in the mid-90s.

Tamika Catchings, the tournament MVP, had 21 points. Gwen Jackson had 25 points, while Kara Lawson and Kyra Elzy each had 14.

Allison Curtin had 21 points for Illinois, which suffered its worst loss since March 1, 1991, a 112-49 loss to Purdue, the worst in school history.

No. 3 Duke 97, Duquesne 66

DURHAM, N.C. -- Freshman Rometra Craig scored 17 points as Duke advanced to the finals of the Duke Women's Classic.

Georgia Schweitzer had 14 points and Missy West added 11 for Duke (6-0).

Oxana Sketko led Duquesne (2-1) with 14 points on 6-for-8 shooting. Khalihah Este-Shehu added 11 points.

Duke will play Toledo in the championship game Sunday.

No. 7 Rutgers 54, Vermont 29

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers held Vermont to a school-record low 29 points and advanced to the finals of the Coca-Cola Classic.

Karlita Washington scored 12 points in her return from a one-game suspension for an NCAA violation and Tammy Sutton-Brown had 11.

Dawn Cressman's 10 points led Vermont.

No. 16 Virginia 67, Loyola 46

BALTIMORE -- Schuye LaRue scored 20 of her game-high 26 points in the first half and added a game-high 11 rebounds as Virginia pressured Loyola into 23 turnovers and stopped a two-game losing streak.

Erica Rath and Sherika Wilson led the Greyhounds with eight points each.

Svetlana Volyana added 12 points for the Cavaliers.

No. 9 Penn St. 86, No. 10 LSU 52

ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands -- Kelly Mazzante scored 24 points as Penn State won the third-place game of the Paradise Jam Classic.

Mazzante was 9-of-13 from the field, including 4-for-5 from 3-point range. Maren Walseth added 14 points for Penn State, and Lisa Shepherd had 11.

Doneeka Hodges led LSU (2-3) with 15 points, and Marie Ferdinand had 13.

No. 20 Auburn 94, Bowling Green 61

AUBURN, Ala. -- Carol Smith and Tasha Hamilton each scored 16 points to lead Auburn into the finals of the Kroger Thanksgiving Classic.

Brandi Hillman added 14 points and eight rebounds, and Lori Nero had 10 points for Auburn (4-0).

Francine Miller and Megan Jerome led Bowling Green (2-2) with 18 points each. Miller had seven rebounds.

No. 22 North Carolina St. 48, Arkansas 46

HONOLULU -- Carisse Moody and Tynesha Lewis each scored 15 points as North Carolina State advanced to the finals of the Rainbow Wahine Classic.

Adeola Olenrewaju added 11 rebounds for the Wolfpack (3-1).

Shanna Harmon led the Lady Razorbacks with three 3-pointers and 11 points. Dana Cherry added 10 points.

No. 15 Mississippi St. 66, New Mexico 59

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- LaToya Thomas scored 27 points and Mississippi State held New Mexico scoreless over the final two minutes in the championship game of the Southwest Airlines Shootout.

Thomas, a sophomore, also had 10 rebounds and hit 9 of 10 free throws. She has scored in double figures in 35 straight games.

New Mexico got 20 points from Miranda Sanchez and 15 from Jordan Adams. Sanchez had three 3-pointers, but the rest of the Lobos went 0-for-10 from behind the arc.

No. 4 Purdue 86, Montana St. 61

CANCUN, Mexico -- Katie Douglas scored 18 points and led four players in double figures for Purdue at the Torneo Cancun de Basquetbol at Kuchil-Baxal Arena.

Mary Jo Noon scored a career-high 14 points for the Boilmakers, while Kelly Komara and Camille Cooper each added 12 points.

No. 13 Texas Tech 81, No. 17 SW Missouri St. 77

ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands -- Plenette Pierson had 27 points and 10 rebounds as Texas Tech won the Paradise Jam Classic.

Jia Perkins added 20 points for the Lady Raiders (3-0), and Katrisa O'Neal had 15.

Jackie Stiles led Southwest Missouri State (2-1) with 38 points on 17-for-26 shooting.

No. 23 Xavier 84, Loyola Marymount 68

LOS ANGELES -- Taru Tuukkanen scored 19 points and three teammates scored in double figures for Xavier in the finals of the Loyola Marymount Thanksgiving Classic.

Reetta Piipari, the tournament MVP, scored 16 points and added eight assists for Xavier (3-0). Tuukkanen finished with 10 rebounds.

No. 25 Vanderbilt 92, Boston U. 56

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Zuzi Klimesova had 24 points and 16 rebounds as Vanderbilt advanced to the championship game of the First Tennessee Tournament.

Anderson had 20 points for Vanderbilt. Jenni Benningfield added 16 points and Jutta Korkko had 10. Katie Terhune led Boston University with 14 points, and Dia Dufault added 12.

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