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No. 1 Illini show why they're on top

Posted: Monday, December 20, 2004

 

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  Notre Dame's Jacqueline Batteast comes down with an offensive rebound in front of Marquette's Christina Quaye,left, and Jasmine McCullough in the first half of their game, Sunday, Dec, 19, 2004., at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee. Batteast sank a last second three point basket to lift the Fighting Irish to a 50-47 victory over the Golden Eagles. Batteast had a team high 25 points. AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps

Illinois Jack Ingram (50) hits a jump hook in front of Valparaiso's Moussa Mbaye (21) in first half action at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Il. on Sunday Dec. 19, 2004.

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Dee Brown had 19 points to lead all five Illinois starters in double figures for the second straight game, and the top-ranked Illini beat Valparaiso 93-56 on Sunday.

Brown scored five points in a 20-5 run midway through the second half that gave the Illini (10-0) a 39-point lead over the Crusaders (2-6).

The Illini, playing their first game in eight days, shot 59 percent from the field.

Deron Williams scored 15 points, Roger Powell Jr. had 14, Luther Head had 11 points and nine assists and James Augustine had 10 points and nine rebounds for Illinois.

Dan Oppland had 16 points for the Crusaders, who shot 34 percent and committed 15 turnovers.

No. 5 North Carolina 85, Virginia Tech 51

BLACKSBURG, Va — Jawad Williams and Sean May each scored 17 points and the Tar Heels gave Virginia Tech a rough welcome to Atlantic Coast Conference basketball.

The Tar Heels (8-1), who won their eighth straight, scored 17 of the last 21 points to lead 41-27 at halftime, then started the second half on a 16-5 run.

Zabian Dowdell scored 16 of his 21 points in the first half for Virginia Tech (5-3).

No. 11 Connecticut 81, Rice 72

HARTFORD, Conn. — Rashad Anderson scored 27 points and went 7-for-8 from the free throw line over the final 2 minutes for the Huskies.

Josh Boone added a career-high 20 points and dominated inside with 14 rebounds for UConn (5-1), which was coming off its first loss — a 61-59 upset at Massachusetts 10 days ago.

The Huskies outrebounded the Owls 61-34 and had 31 offensive rebounds that led to 24 second-chance points.

Michael Harris led Rice (5-2) with 22 points and nine rebounds.

No. 18 Washington 68, No. 12 N.C. State 64

SEATTLE — Will Conroy and Tre Simmons each scored 12 points and Brandon Roy returned earlier than expected from knee surgery to add 10 points for the Huskies (8-1), who are off to their best start in seven years.

Cameron Bennerman had 16 points for the Wolfpack (8-1).

The game wasn't a duel between the team's stars — Julius Hodge for N.C. State and Nate Robinson for Washington. Hodge scored 15 points and Robinson was held to seven with five assists.

Simmons' three-point play on a breakaway layup put Washington ahead 66-61 with 22 seconds to go and he hit two free throws to seal it with 0.2 seconds on the clock.

No. 23 Maryland 90, Florida St. 88, OT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — John Gilchrist made two free throws with 6.6 seconds left in overtime to cap a 21-point, 13-rebound performance as the Terrapins opened defense of their Atlantic Coast Conference title.

Six players scored in double figures for the Terrapins (6-2), who held on after having blown a 13-point lead. D.J. Strawberry had five of his 11 points in overtime.

Adam Waleskowski led the Seminoles (5-5) with 23 points, but Florida State committed 25 turnovers in losing its 25th consecutive ACC road game.

After Gilchrist's free throws, Van Wafer's 3-point attempt bounced off the rim just before the buzzer.

No. 5 North Carolina 79, Georgia State 44

 

Notre Dame's Jacqueline Batteast comes down with an offensive rebound in front of Marquette's Christina Quaye,left, and Jasmine McCullough in the first half of their game, Sunday, Dec, 19, 2004., at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee. Batteast sank a last second three point basket to lift the Fighting Irish to a 50-47 victory over the Golden Eagles. Batteast had a team high 25 points.

AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps

Women's Top 25

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Ivory Latta had 17 points and a career-high 13 assists to lead No. 5 North Carolina to a 79-44 victory over Georgia State on Sunday.

Tangela Atkinson had 15 points and 11 rebounds for her second straight double-double for the Tar Heels (9-1).

April Clyburn scored 13 points for Georgia State (3-3), which was slowed by 25 turnovers. The Lady Panthers shot just 3-for-21 from 3-point range.

With the score tied at 12-all, Atkinson and Latta led a 24-10 run over the next 10 minutes that put North Carolina in control. Atkinson took a pass from Latta for an inside basket that initiated the run, and Latta closed the outburst with her first 3-pointer, making it 36-22.

The Lady Panthers went the final 8:15 of the half with just one field goal.

No. 6 Baylor 89, Florida 62

WACO, Texas — Sophia Young scored 15 points and Steffanie Blackmon added 14 for Baylor.

Baylor (9-1) opened the second half with nine straight points to take a 54-33 lead over the Gators (6-3) with just under 16 minutes left. Florida never got closer than 16 points thereafter.

Brittany Davis led Florida with 16 points, while Tamia Williams added 14.

No. 7 Notre Dame 50, Marquette 47

MILWAUKEE — Jacqueline Batteast scored 27 points and made Notre Dame's only 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Muffet McGraw notched her 394th win, passing Digger Phelps for the most wins by a Notre Dame coach. McGraw is 394-150 in her 18th season with the Fighting Irish.

Batteast added 10 rebounds for Notre Dame (10-1), earning her third double-double of the season.

No. 9 Tennessee 82, TCU 55

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Shyra Ely scored 23 points and freshman point guard Sa'de Wiley-Gatewood hit three 3-pointers in her collegiate debut to lead Tennessee.

Alexis Hornbuckle added 15 points, while Shanna Zolman had 11 and Brittany Jackson 10 for the Lady Vols (7-2), who have won three straight since losing to No. 3 Duke earlier this month.

Sandora Irvin, who became the all-time leading scorer for the Lady Frogs (7-4) last week, had 21 points and 16 rebounds.

No. 11 Michigan St. 62, Texas A&M-C.C. 56

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Liz Shimek had a career-high 25 points and 15 rebounds to rally Michigan State past Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Kristin Haynie had 14 points, seven rebounds, six assists and five steals, including a steal and basket that put the Spartans ahead in a closing 12-2 run.

Kelli Roehrig added 13 points for Michigan State (9-1), which needed four free throws by Lindsay Bowen and two from Haynie to seal the win.

Virginia Tech 71, No. 12 Texas Tech 70, OT

LAS VEGAS — Carrie Mason scored Virginia Tech's final four points in overtime to upset Texas Tech.

Mason led the Hokies with 12 points, four assists and three blocked shots. Her basket and two free throws gave the Hokies a 71-68 lead with 29 seconds left.

No. 15 Georgia 96, Iona 52

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. — Freshman Tasha Humphrey had 22 points and nine rebounds in just 14 minutes in coach Andy Landers' 700th victory.

Janese Hardrick added 18 points and Cori Chambers had 14 for the Lady Bulldogs (8-3), who won their third in a row.

Meg Abele scored 16 points and Tiara Headen added 11 for the Gaels (2-7).

Landers, in his 30th season, became the fifth women's coach to reach 700 victories. Tennessee's Pat Summitt is the all-time leader at 858, followed by Texas' Jody Conradt ( 852), LSU's Sue Gunter (708) and Rutgers' Vivian Stringer (700).

Illinois 78, No. 16 UCLA 63

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Angelina Williams had 30 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals to help upset UCLA.

Williams' 3-pointer sparked a 12-2 second-half run for Illinois, which shot a season-high 60 percent.

The Illini beat their second ranked team this season. They had a 71-65 overtime win against then-No. 21 Louisiana Tech 71-65 on Dec. 4.

Bruins guard Nikki Blue paced UCLA (6-2) with 17 points and Lisa Willis added 15.



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