No. 1 Connecticut shreds No. 8 Louisiana Tech

Posted: Monday, December 10, 2001

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Diana Taurasi matched her career high with 24 points to lead top-ranked Connecticut past No. 8 Louisiana Tech 74-50 Sunday.

''These are the kind of games she lives for,'' UConn coach Geno Auriemma said of Taurasi, who was 6-of-11 on 3-pointers. ''She puts a lot of pressure on herself to be great. I've never coached anyone that has the range she has.''

The sophomore guard also had three blocks and helped the Huskies (10-0) work their way out of a first-half shooting slump.

The Lady Techsters (2-3) have lost their last three games -- all to ranked teams. Louisiana Tech was coming off losses to No. 2 Tennessee and No. 11 Duke, and has a three-game losing streak for the first time in 11 years.

The Huskies led by as many as 33 points down the stretch.

Connecticut's Asjha Jones had 16 points and nine boards.

UConn held Louisiana Tech's Ayana Walker to eight points, nine below her average. She led the Lady Techsters with eight rebounds.

No. 4 Vanderbilt 84, Temple 74

PHILADELPHIA -- Chantelle Anderson went 9-of-10 on field-goal attempts and scored 24 points to help the Commodores win their fourth straight game.

Anderson, who also had a game-high eight rebounds, triggered a 27-4 run midway through the second half to help Vanderbilt (10-1) overcome an eight-point deficit. Ashley Early's layup with 9:31 left gave Vanderbilt the lead for good, 61-60.

Zuzi Klimesova had 18 points, and Jillian Danker 14 for the Commodores.

Natalia Isaac led Temple (2-4) with 23 points.

Florida International 75, No. 12 Colorado State 72

MIAMI -- Gergana Slavtcheva's 20 points led Florida International to the upset against the previously unbeaten Rams.

Colorado State's Elizabeth English missed two potentially tying shots in the final four seconds.

Slavtcheva tied her tournament record with 11 rebounds, while Cormisha Cotton added 19 points for Florida International (6-2).

Ashley Augspurger led Colorado State (6-1) with 26 points, and English added 20.

No. 16 Michigan 71, Washington 70

SEATTLE -- Michigan's LeeAnn Bies scored a career-high 27 points and hit two free throws with 10.7 seconds left in the Pac-10/Big Ten Challenge.

It was Michigan coach Sue Guevara's 100th victory.

Jennifer Smith scored 14 points, and Alayne Ingram 13 for Michigan (7-1). Bies had 11 rebounds for her fourth straight double-double.

Loree Payne tied a school record with seven 3-pointers and scored 23 points for Washington (5-4). Andrea Lalum had 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Kellie O'Neill added 10 points for the Huskies.

Miami 57, No. 17 Texas 55

MIAMI -- Chanivia Broussard scored 23 points and added six blocks and five steals to lead Miami in a game decided by a video replay after time expired.

Texas' Tracy Cooks appeared to hit a game-winning 3-pointer as time expired, but it was waved off. The shot initially was ruled good, but officials disallowed the basket after watching a replay that showed the ball was still in Cook's hands as time ran out.

Miami is 5-2, Texas 6-1.

The teams combined for 56 turnovers, 32 by Texas.



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