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Penn St. 77, No. 18 Iowa 71



Published: Fri, January 7, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Penn St. 77, No. 18 Iowa 71

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Jess Strom helped Penn State settle down just in time to end Iowa's brief stint as the nation's only unbeaten team. Strom scored nine of her career-high 29 points in the final 2:18 and Penn State held on after blowing most of a 20-point lead. Iowa (13-1, 2-1 Big Ten) had been left as the nation's only unbeaten Division I team after top-ranked LSU lost at Rutgers on Wednesday night. But the Hawkeyes couldn't quite make it all the way back after trailing 59-39 with less than 12 minutes to play. Tanisha Wright and Jennifer Harris each scored 18 points for Penn State (7-6, 2-0), which has played a brutal schedule and pulled off its third major upset. The Lady Lions also knocked off then-No. 2 North Carolina and No. 12 Texas Tech. Iowa got 18 points from Johanna Solverson and 11 each from reserves Jenee Graham and Morgan Kasperek.

No. 5 North Carolina 79, Winthrop 29

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Erlana Larkins scored 15 points and North Carolina broke the school record for fewest points allowed. Camille Little and Ivory Latta each added 10 points for the Tar Heels (12-1), who led by 40 points at halftime in their final tuneup before opening ACC play at No. 21 Maryland on Sunday. North Carolina's previous school record for fewest points allowed was 31. Jessica Dukes scored 16 points for the Eagles (2-11).

No. 17 Georgia 78, Mississippi 51

ATHENS, Ga. -- Tasha Humphrey scored 17 of her 18 points in the second half and added 11 rebounds for Georgia. Cori Chambers added 16 points to help Georgia (12-3, 2-0 SEC) win its seventh straight game and end Ole Miss' six-game winning streak. Amber Watts led Mississippi (10-4, 0-1) with 25 points.

No. 24 Purdue 54, Indiana 31

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Emily Heikes and Katie Gearlds each scored 11 points for Purdue in the lowest-scoring game in Indiana history. The Boilermakers (9-4, 2-1 Big Ten) went nearly 8 1/2 minutes in the first half and more than 9 minutes in the second half without a field goal, but got to the foul line often enough to hold off the pesky Hoosiers (7-6, 0-3), who broke the school record for fewest points in a game of 33.

No. 11 Minnesota 74, Wisconsin 49

MADISON, Wis. -- Janel McCarville became the 10th player in Big Ten history to surpass 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in her career, finishing with 15 points, 17 rebounds, six assists and four blocked shots for Minnesota. McCarville, a Wisconsin native, has 1,523 points and 1,008 rebounds in her career. Shannon Bolden and Jamie Broback each added 11 points for Minnesota (12-2, 3-0 Big Ten). Jordan Wilson scored 14 points for Wisconsin (6-6, 1-2).

N.C. State 65, No. 16 Vanderbilt 64

NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- Rachel Stockdale scored 14 of her 16 points in the second half to lift N.C. State. Caroline Williams' 3-pointer capped a 7-0, game-tying run for Vanderbilt, but North Carolina State took the lead for good at 63-61 on Khadijah Whittington's basket with 1:29 to play. Whittington finished with 11 points, and Ashley Key had 10 for the Wolfpack (12-2). Dee Davis led Vanderbilt (11-2) with 13 points and Ashley Earley had 12 points and 12 rebounds. The loss ended the Commodores' 49-game home nonconference winning streak.

No. 25 Virginia Tech 80, Fordham 67

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Erin Gibson scored 14 points, and Kerri Gardin had eight of her 13 down the stretch to help Virginia Tech win its ninth straight game. Dawn Chriss scored 11 points for the Hokies (11-12). Jada Jefferson scored a career-high 21 points on 10-of-11 shooting for the Rams (4-10).

Associated Press




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