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Top-ranked UConn Huskies Cash in on No. 23 Old Dominion, 84-70

Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2001

NORFOLK, Va. -- Swin Cash scored 19 of her career-high 29 points in the first half, and Sue Bird had 22 points and a handful of great plays to lift No. 1 Connecticut past No. 23 Old Dominion 84-70 Saturday.

Cash did most of her work in close, often after taking passes from Bird. The Huskies (13-0) quashed every rally by the Lady Monarchs (5-4), who lost for the third time to a ranked opponent.

A Lady Monarchs-record crowd of 5,236 at ODU Fieldhouse jeered the officials over several questionable calls.

Old Dominion was whistled for 28 fouls, the Huskies 21.

Still, the Huskies were clearly superior.

Bird, a senior, was 8-of-14 from the field and had eight assists, including a dazzling first-half play when she saved a long pass under the basket and delivered a wraparound pass to the trailing Cash for an easy layup.

Lucienne Berthieu, the two-time Colonial Athletic Association player of the year coming back from left knee surgery, scored all but two of her 17 points in the second for the Lady Monarchs.

No. 2 Tennessee 92, Memphis 66

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Gwen Jackson had 18 points and seven rebounds to lead Tennessee (10-0).

Memphis (6-6) trailed by 14 points at halftime and by as many as 29 late in the game.

Jackson made seven of 11 shots from the floor and all three of her free throws. Michelle Snow and April McDivitt added 13 each, both hitting 5-of-6 from the field.

Lauren Jackson led Memphis with 17 points and five assists, while Shannon Hamp and Princess Swilley scored 14 each.

The Lady Tigers had 18 turnovers and only 11 field goals in the first half.

No. 13 Texas Tech 81, No. 3 Vanderbilt 71

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Amber Tarr scored 23 points, and Natalie Ritchie added 21 to lead Texas Tech to its sixth straight victory.

Tech (8-2) staved off a second-half comeback by the Commodores, seemingly coming up with a 3-pointer whenever Vanderbilt (11-2) got close. Tech put the game out of reach with a 14-6 run in the middle of the second half.

Zuzi Klimesova and Chantelle Anderson each scored 26 points to lead Vanderbilt, which had won eight games in a row.

No. 8 Baylor 78, Air Force 47

WACO, Texas -- Danielle Crockrom scored 21 points, and Sheila Lambert added 15 points and a season-high eight assists to lead Baylor over Air Force.

Crockrom shot 10-of-13 from the field in her fifth 20-point game of the season. Leading 44-21 at halftime, Baylor (12-0) opened the second half with a 12-0 run to make it 56-21.

No. 16 Florida 73, Kent State 47

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Vanessa Hayden had the second triple-double in Florida history with 17 points, 12 rebounds and a school-record 10 blocked shots as the Gators beat Kent State in the State Farm Classic championship game.

Courtney Cooper had 13 points and 12 boards, while Brandi McCain had 12 points and 11 assists for Florida (10-3).

No. 18 Colorado 86, No. 21 LSU 65

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Eisha Bohman scored 19 points, and Mandy Nightingale added 18 for Colorado (10-3).

Nightingale, playing as a reserve for the first time in 77 games, made six of Colorado's 11 3-pointers. Aiysha Smith led LSU (7-4) with 18 points.

No. 22 Texas 87, Ohio 66

AUSTIN -- Heather Schreiber had a career-high 25 points for Texas (8-2).

The Longhorns led 42-25 at halftime, but forward Lori Moorman's 21 second-half points helped Ohio (5-6) get back in the game.

Moorman, who had only one point at halftime, scored nine in a 12-2 run that brought Ohio to 60-50 with about eight minutes left.

The teams traded baskets until a Texas surge put the game away.

Schreiber had a 3-pointer and three-point play between two layups by Tracy Cook, and the Longhorns stretched their edge to 81-62 with 1:36 remaining.

No. 25 Tulane 74, Virginia 63

NEW ORLEANS -- Delacey Joseph scored 20 points and Teana McKiver added 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead Tulane over Virginia in the championship game of the Tulane/Doubletree Classic.

Reserve Kelly Nadeau scored 11 points and Gwen Slaughter finished with 10 points and 17 rebounds for Tulane (11-2).



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