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WOMEN'S TOP 25 BASKETBALL Sunday's games



Published: Thu, February 20, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



No. 1 Connecticut 84, Seton Hall 44

STORRS, Conn. -- Barbara Turner scored 16 points and had eight rebounds Sunday to lead top-ranked Connecticut to an 84-44 win over Seton Hall, extending the longest winning streak in women's basketball history to 63 games.

Using a strong transition game, the Huskies (24-0, 11-0 Big East) cruised without much offense from leading scorer Diana Taurasi. The All-American junior finished with four points and a career-high 10 turnovers.

She found other ways to contribute, however, and had five of UConn's 10 blocks and a team-high nine assists.

LeNedra Brown led the Pirates (12-10, 6-6) with 12 points.

UConn is 25 victories shy of tying the UCLA men's team, which holds the NCAA record for consecutive wins set from 1971-74. The Huskies' last loss was in the 2001 Final Four when they were beaten by eventual national champion Notre Dame.

The Huskies scored a season-low 53 points in their five-point win at Seton Hall on Jan. 15. Since then, UConn has reeled off nine straight wins averaging 78 a game.

Ann Strother and Ashley Battle each scored 14 for the Huskies, who had five players in double figures.

No. 3 Tennessee 59, Auburn 56

AUBURN, Ala. -- Gwen Jackson scored 16 of her 20 points in the second half as Tennessee survived its biggest scare of the Southeastern Conference season.

The Lady Vols (22-3, 10-0) won their 13th straight game despite hitting just two of six free throws in the final 58 seconds, shooting 35 percent and making only 2-of-15 from 3-point range. It was their worst offensive performance since a 76-55 loss to Duke on Nov. 24.

LaKeisha Johnson's 3-pointer from the left wing bounced off the rim with 2 seconds remaining. Natasha Brackett led Auburn (17-7, 5-5) with 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

No. 8 North Carolina 70, Clemson 66

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Coretta Brown scored 19 points and hit a free throw with 4.3 seconds left for North Carolina.

Candace Sutton added a season-high 18 points and Nikita Bell had 15 points and eight steals for the Tar Heels (23-2, 12-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their eighth straight league game and fourth in a row against the Tigers (12-11, 4-8).

Chrissy Floyd scored a season-high 27 points for Clemson, which has lost seven of nine. Julie Aderhold added 12.

No. 9 Purdue 79, Illinois 67

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Shereka Wright scored 24 points and Mary Jo Noon added 21 as Purdue improved to 12-0 at home.

The Boilermakers (20-4, 9-3 Big Ten) beat Illinois for the 10th straight time. The Illini (14-9, 6-6) haven't won at Mackey Arena since 1984 and have lost 28 of their last 30 against the Boilermakers.

Aminata Yanni led Illinois with 16 points and Karen Hagberg and Angelina Williams each scored 15.

Iowa 80, No. 12 Penn State 75

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Kristi Faulkner scored 27 points and converted a key three-point play with 32 seconds left to lead Iowa.

Iowa (13-10, 5-8 Big Ten) barely held on after losing most of a 14-point lead and broke Penn State's six-game winning streak.

Kelly Mazzante, the Big Ten's leading scorer, finished with 26 points but had only nine in the second half for Penn State (21-6, 11-2).

No. 15 South Carolina 83, No. 13 Arkansas 59

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Jocelyn Penn scored 29 points, putting up her highest total in six weeks for South Carolina.

Cristina Ciocan added 21 points for the Gamecocks (18-6, 6-5 Southeastern Conference), who beat a ranked opponent for the first in eight games since winning at No. 17 Vanderbilt on Jan. 16.

Shameka Christon had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Lady Razorbacks (19-6, 6-4), who had their three-game winning streak snapped.

No. 18 Vanderbilt 58, No. 14 Georgia 56

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Abi Ramsey hit two free throws with seven-tenths of a second remaining to lift Vanderbilt.

Alexis Kendrick lost the ball for Georgia (17-6, 8-2 Southeastern Conference) with less than 15 seconds left. Jenni Benningfield grabbed it and passed to Ramsey, who was fouled to set up the game-winning free throws.

Benningfield finished with 17 points and 15 rebounds for Vanderbilt (17-7, 7-4). Kendrick led Georgia with 17 points, and Christi Thomas and Kara Braxton each scored 11. Braxton also had 11 rebounds.

No. 16 Mississippi State 96, Kentucky 46

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- LaToya Thomas scored 22 points for Mississippi State (18-6, 6-4 Southeastern Conference), which never trailed in the game.

Three other Lady Bulldogs scored in double figures, including Tan White with 19 points, Rebecca Kates with 11 and Seneca Anderson with 10.

No. 23 Rutgers 67, Pittsburgh 53

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Cappie Pondexter scored 21 points as Rutgers won its seventh straight.

Mauri Horton and Michelle Campbell scored 11 points each for Rutgers (16-5, 9-2 Big East), and Chelsea Newton added 10. Campbell also had a team-high nine rebounds.

Laine Selwyn had 14 points for Pittsburgh (10-12, 2-9). Mandy Wittenmeyer and Haley Harguth each scored 11 for the Panthers.

No. 24 Arizona 78, Southern Cal 64

LOS ANGELES -- Dee-Dee Wheeler scored nine of her 23 points during a decisive game-ending run.

The score was tied at 62 before No. 24 Arizona (17-7, 10-5 Pac-10) ended the game with a 16-2 spurt.

Ebony Hoffman scored 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Southern Cal (12-13, 7-7). Rometra Craig added 15 points.

No. 25 Boston College 65, Virginia Tech 47

BOSTON -- Jessalyn Deveny scored eight of her 20 points during a 17-3 run at the start of the second half to lead Boston College.

Becky Gottstein had 22 points and eight rebounds to lead the Eagles (16-6, 8-3 Big East), who limited Virginia Tech to a season-low point total and 35-percent shooting.

Chrystal Starling scored 14 points for Virginia Tech (17-6, 8-4), which lost for just the second time in nine games.




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