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TOP 25 ROUNDUP Women's basketball



Published: Sun, February 24, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



No. 1 Connecticut 80, Reuters 42

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Swin Cash scored 18 points and No. 1 Connecticut moved within a victory of an undefeated regular season by beating Reuters 80-42 on Saturday. Sue Bird added 14 points, Diani Taurasi had 11 and the Huskies (29-0, 15-0 Big East) made Reuters (8-18, 5-10) work for almost every basket in running their regular-season unbeaten streak to 37 games. The 18 losses this season are the most for coach C. Vivian Stringer in her seven seasons at Reuters. Mauri Horton was the only Reuters player in double figures with 23 points.

No. 3 Oklahoma 90, Missouri 70

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Stacey Dales scored a career-high 30 points, and Rosalind Ross added 18, all on 3-pointers, as Oklahoma defeated Missouri.

Oklahoma (23-3, 13-2 Big 12) clinched the outright regular season conference title for the second consecutive year. The Sooners also shared the title with Iowa State and Texas Tech in 2000.

Dales made 13 of 18 shots and had five assists. Caton Hill added 15 points and LaNeishea Caufield had 12 for Oklahoma.

Missouri (14-12, 5-10) took a 47-45 lead with 15:26 remaining on a 3-pointer by Terianne Wolford, but Oklahoma used an 21-7 run in the next six minutes to take control. The Sooners ended the game with a 12-6 run.

No. 7 Louisiana Tech 67, Tulsa 62

TULSA, Okla. -- Ayana Walker had 19 points and 13 rebounds as Louisiana Tech took the Western Athletic Conference's regular-season championship. Louisiana Tech coach Leon Barmore fainted and fell to the floor midway through the first half after an argument at the scorers' table over what he claimed was an incorrect possession arrow following a jump ball. Barmore got to his feet seconds later and walked back into the tunnel leading to the dressing room. He returned to the bench after a few minutes. Cheryl Ford added 17 points and 11 rebounds for Lady Techsters (20-4, 15-1), who trailed Tulsa (16-11, 11-6) 26-24 at halftime and 37-31 early in the second half. Leela Farr led Tulsa with 13 points, Alyssa Shriver had 12 and Becky Heidotten 11.

No. 15 Texas 91, Texas A & amp;M 63

AUSTIN, Texas -- Heather Schreiber scored 16 points and Stacy Stephens added 14 as Texas had its best offensive output this season.

All 11 players scored as the Longhorns (18-8, 9-6 Big 12) eclipsed their mark of 90 points, achieved in victories over BYU over Oklahoma State.

No. 21 Boston College 85, St. John's 43

NEW YORK -- Amber Jacobs scored 26 points as Boston College handed St. John's its 15th straight loss. Clare Droesch had 19 points and Jessalyn Deveney added 13 for the Eagles (21-5, 12-3 Big East), who have won four in a row. Mary Pat Statler led St. John's (3-23, 0-15) with 11 points, and Amanda Rawson and Patrycja Gulak each added 10. The Eagles, who opened the game with a 13-0 run, scored 32 points off 25 turnovers by St. John's.

No. 22 Notre Dame 86, Georgetown 66

WASHINGTON -- Alicia Ratay had 24 points and seven rebounds, and Notre Dame overcame a halftime deficit. Ratay made 6 of 11 shots, including four of seven 3-pointers, and was perfect on eight free throws for Notre Dame (19-7, 13-2 Big East). Allison Bustamante and Katy Flecky added 14 points apiece for the Irish, who also got 13 from Ericka Haney. Nok Duany scored 21 points to lead Georgetown (12-14, 4-11), which has lost 12 of its last 16 games. Rebekkah Brunson added 13 points and nine rebounds. Mary Lisicky scored 11 points for the Hoyas.

Villanova 76, No. 24 Virginia Tech 64

PHILADELPHIA -- Mimi Riley scored a career-high 34 points in her final home game -- the most for a Big East player this season -- and Katie Davis added 13 points for the Wildcats (17-9, 11-4).

No. 13 Iowa St. 77, Kansas 59

AMES, Iowa -- Angie Welle scored 21 points, and Iowa State (21-6, 9-6 Big 12) overcame sloppy play. Blair Waltz had 19 points for Kansas (5-23, 0-15).

No. 17 Texas Tech 99, Nebraska 57

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Jia Perkins scored 23 points and Natalie Ritchie added 21 with a career-high six 3-pointers for Texas Tech (17-9, 8-7 Big 12). Stephanie Jones led Nebraska (14-14, 4-11) with 11 points.

-- Associated Press




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