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NO. 1 LSU 79, TULANE 45



Published: Mon, January 3, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



No. 1 LSU 79, Tulane 45

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Seimone Augustus scored 23 points to lead top-ranked LSU. Temeka Johnson had 15 points and nine assists, and Scholanda Hoston also scored 15 points for LSU (13-0). Sylvia Fowles added seven points, nine rebounds and a career-high five blocks. Lakethia Hampton led Tulane (8-5) with 24 points, and D'Aundra Henry had 12.

No. 24 Rutgers 51, No. 4 Texas 47

AUSTIN, Texas -- Rutgers used a 13-0 run to end the game and upset Texas, snapping the Longhorns' 41-game home winning streak. The 24th-ranked Scarlet Knights (8-2) overcame an 18-point deficit and held Texas scoreless in the final 8 1/2 minutes. Freshman Matee Ajavon scored 12 of her game-high 16 points in the second half for Rutgers.

No. 5 Stanford 72, Washington St 39

STANFORD, Calif. -- Brooke Smith scored 19 points to lead Stanford. Candice Wiggins had 12 points and Kelley Suminski added 11 for Stanford (10-2), which won its 19th consecutive Pac 10 home opener. Adriane Ferguson scored 10 points to lead the Cougars (4-7), who lost their fifth straight and dropped to 39-0 all-time against Stanford.

No. 6 Notre Dame 54, Seton Hall 33

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Jacqueline Batteast had 18 points and Notre Dame held Seton Hall to a season-low 22-percent shooting. It marked the fewest points allowed by the Irish (12-1) this season and fewest points scored this season by the Pirates, who had their six-game winning streak snapped. The Irish dominated inside, outscoring Seton Hall 26-6 in the paint.

No. 8 Tennessee 68, Old Domininon 58

NORFOLK, Va. -- Shyra Ely scored 15 of her 20 points in the first half, and Tennessee rebounded from a disheartening loss to Rutgers. Brittany Jackson added 16 points for Tennessee (9-3), which shot only 37 percent, lost two players to fouls and was outrebounded 51-42. Old Dominion (4-5) shot only 30 percent but kept the game close most of the way by dominating the offensive boards. The Lady Monarchs got 24 of their rebounds on the offensive end.

No. 10 Michigan St. 70, Michigan 60

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Lindsay Bowen had a game-high 16 points, giving her more than 1,000 in three seasons, and Michigan State matched its best start in 31 years. The Spartans (12-1, 1-0 Big Ten) led 35-34 at halftime, then built a 17-point lead and looked more like the team that beat No. 11 Connecticut 67-51 on Thursday in Hartford, Conn. Michigan (4-9, 0-2) answered with a 16-5 run and drew within six points but couldn't stop Michigan State from starting 5-0 on opponents' courts for the first time in school history.

No. 11 Connecticut 60, St. John's 32

NEW YORK -- Mel Thomas led Connecticut with 12 points, snapping St. John's 11-game winning streak. Ann Strother had three 3-pointers for 11 points and Charde Houston added 10 points for the Huskies (7-3), who have won 21 straight over the Red Storm. Reserve Kati Kurtosi led St. John's (11-1) with eight points.

No. 12 Minnesota 61, Indiana 47

MINNEAPOLIS -- Janel McCarville had 22 points and 11 rebounds to help Minnesota beat Indiana. April Calhoun added 10 points and a career-high seven steals, and Shannon Bolden also scored 10 points for Gophers (11-2, 2-0 Big Ten). Cyndi Valentin led Indiana (7-5, 0-2) with 17 points and four assists, and Leah Enterline added 11 points and four assists.

No. 13 Texas Tech 86, Idaho St. 52

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Chesley Dabbs scored 18 points, and LaToya Davis had 16 points and 10 rebounds to help Texas Tech rout Idaho State. Cisti Greenwalt added 15 points and nine rebounds, and Erin Grant tied a season high with 12 assists for the Lady Raiders (9-2), who used a 30-8 run to take a 45-15 lead in the first half. Molly Hays scored 19 points for the Bengals (4-8).

No. 14 Boston College 69, WVU 56

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Jessalyn Deveny scored a season-high 33 points to lead Boston College. The Eagles (10-1, 1-0 Big East) have won nine straight games for just the third time in school history, and improved to 14-0 overall against the Mountaineers (9-2, 0-1). Boston College led from the first basket, shooting 52 percent from the field in the first half. The Eagles also tied a Big East record with 18 free throws without a miss.

No. 15 Vanderbilt 78, Troy 50

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Ashley Earley scored 22 points -- 12 straight in the second half -- as Vanderbilt notched its 48th straight nonconference homecourt victory. Vanderbilt (11-1) broke the contest open midway through the first half, scoring 11 unanswered points in five minutes to extend a 17-10 lead to 28-10.

No. 16 Georgia 68, UT-Martin 52

ATHENS, Ga. -- Cori Chambers scored 13 points, and Sherill Baker had 12 to lead Georgia to their sixth straight victory. Tasha Humphrey added with 11 points, and Alexis Kendrick had 10 for Georgia (11-3). Danielle Page led Tennessee-Martin (1-10) with 12 points. The Skyhawks have lost nine straight.

VaTech 77, No. 17 Maryland 67

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Carrie Mason had 16 points for Virginia Tech, which hung on to upset Maryland in the Hokies' Atlantic Coast Conference debut. Maryland (10-2) whittled a 17 point-deficit to 67-65 with just over 2 minutes left. Shay Doron missed the front end of a 1-and-1 foul shot for Maryland, and Virginia Tech center Erin Gibson came right back with a basket to put the Hokies up by four. Kirby Copeland followed a 3-point play to build the lead to seven with 1:15 left. Her free throw started a parade at the line, and Virginia Tech (10-2) made 6-of-7 down the stretch.

No. 18 Iowa 72, Illinois 58

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Jamie Cavey scored seven of her 19 points during a 14-7 second-half run to lead Iowa. Cavey had only two points at halftime after spending several minutes on the bench with an ankle injury, but she was 8-of-10 from the field and 1-for-1 from the free-throw line after the break. The Hawkeyes (13-0, 2-0 Big Ten), playing their third game in six days, also got 12 points from Crystal Smith and 10 from Tiffany Reedy.

No. 22 Kan. St. 77, Cent. Conn. St. 23

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kendra Wecker had 24 points and 10 rebounds for her Kansas State-record 40th career double-double. Wecker went 10-of-17 from the floor, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range. Nicole Ohlde held the previous record of 39 career double-doubles. Kansas State (9-2) won its fifth straight and improved to 67-1 when scoring at least 70 points. The loss was the seventh straight for Central Connecticut State (1-8).

No. 23 UCLA 73, Oregon St. 45

LOS ANGELES -- Noelle Quinn had 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead UCLA. Lisa Willis made two 3-pointers to set a career school record of 138 for UCLA (8-3). She finished with eight points. UCLA jumped to a 14-6 lead and Oregon State (4-8) never got closer in the second half.

Associated Press

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