Connecticut stops USC to keep streak alive

Posted: Monday, December 08, 2003

LOS ANGELES Diana Taurasi hit two 3-pointers in the final 2:39 when Connecticut clung to a one-point lead, and the top-ranked Huskies escaped with a 72-69 victory Sunday over Southern California.

The Huskies' 72-game regular-season winning streak was in jeopardy until Taurasi scored their final nine points. She finished with 26.

The Huskies (6-0) also got 19 points from Barbara Turner. Southern California (1-3) got 15 points from Ebony Hoffman.

No. 3 Tennessee 85, No. 10 Louisiana Tech 65

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Shyra Ely had 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead Tennessee.

The Lady Techsters (3-1), who have lost four straight games to Tennessee, got 17 points from Amisha Carter.

No. 7 Purdue 66, Houston 63

HOUSTON Shereka Wright scored 13 of her 21 points in the second half, and Purdue won its fifth straight game.

Chandi Jones scored 24 points for Houston (5-2).

No. 8 Penn St. 79, No. 2 Texas 59

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. Kelly Mazzante scored 15 of her 19 points in the second half, and Penn State extended its home winning streak to 22 games while handing Texas its first loss.

The Lady Lions (5-1) hadn't beaten an opponent ranked so high in 11 seasons.

No. 9 Minnesota 79, UMKC 53

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Lindsay Whalen scored a game-high 19 points and Janel McCarville had her fourth double-double of the season for the Golden Gophers (7-0).

Old Dominion 73, No. 13 North Carolina 68

NORFOLK, Va. Myriah Spence hit two 3-pointers in a late 13-3 run, and Old Dominion rallied to hand North Carolina its first defeat.

Spence and Monique Coker scored 17 points apiece for the Lady Monarchs (4-3), who also beat No. 8 Penn State 75-68 on Nov. 25.

Camille Little led North Carolina (6-1) with 23 points.

No. 16 Oklahoma 73, No. 19 Utah 65

NORMAN, Okla. Dionnah Jackson scored 17 points and Caton Hill added 16 to help Oklahoma remain unbeaten.

Utah was in front 28-27 with six minutes left in the first half when Oklahoma (6-0) took command with three consecutive 3-pointers two by Hill.

Kim Smith had 18 points and Mandie Little 16 for Utah (5-2), which had won four straight.

No. 23 Virginia Tech 68, Alabama 51

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. Erin Gibson had 13 points and 12 rebounds to help keep Virginia Tech undefeated.

Ieva Kublina and Dawn Chriss added 13 points apiece for the Hokies (6-0). Kublina also pulled down six rebounds.

Monique Bivins had 12 points and seven boards for Alabama (4-2)

No. 25 Auburn 82, Buffalo 32

AUBURN, Ala. Mandisa Stevenson had 16 points and eight rebounds for Auburn, which stole the ball 23 times.

Louise Emeagi had 14 points and four steals for Auburn (6-2), which scored 43 points off 30 turnovers.

Kim Kilpela led Buffalo (1-3) with 13 points and nine rebounds.

Men's Top 25

No. 10 North Carolina 115, George Mason 81

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. Sean May scored 11 of his career-high 26 points in the first 5 1/2 minutes of the second half, and No. 10 North Carolina shot 61 percent in a 115-81 victory Sunday over George Mason.

The Tar Heels (5-0) remained one of five undefeated teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference, notching their first 100-point game under new coach Roy Williams. It was the most points for North Carolina since it scored 129 against VMI in 1994.

No. 17 Gonzaga 96, George Washington 91

WASHINGTON Ronny Turiaf matched his career-high with 29 points, and Gonzaga's inside game was too much for George Washington in the championship game of the BB&T Classic.



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