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Taurasi adapts to help Huskies run streak to 46

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published December 9, 2002

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma figured Diana Taurasi was right where she wanted to be Sunday: just about everywhere.

The junior guard did it all for the third-ranked Huskies in a 68-44 victory over Southern Cal. She scored 24, had a career-high 14 rebounds and blocked six shots to run the Huskies' winning streak to 46 games, the longest active streak in the nation.

Forced to play more in the post because of a foot injury that sidelined starting forward Ashley Battle, Taurasi proved she was as effective inside as she is from long range.

"She likes it in there. She's kind of feisty," Auriemma said. "She plays with an aggressiveness that's really suited for that position. I think we're a better team right now with her doing a little of both. "

The winning streak ties the 1996-98 Vols for second-longest in NCAA history. Louisiana Tech holds the record with 54 straight from 1980-82.

NO. 1 DUKE 82, ST. JOSEPH'S 48: Alana Beard scored 19 of her season-high 29 in the second half as the Blue Devils won the championship of the Duke Classic. Beard made 13 of 17 shots and had nine rebounds and three steals to earn Most Valuable Player honors.

NO. 12 MINNESOTA 92, HARVARD 68: Lindsay Whalen scored 25 and Kim Prince added 16 to lead the visiting Golden Gophers. Janel McCarville had 14 points and a team-high seven rebounds as Minnesota went 36-of-63 (57 percent) from the field and 18-of-20 on free throws.

NO. 14 GEORGIA 99, OAKLAND (MICH.) 56: Christi Thomas scored a season-high 26 and freshman Sherril Baker added a career-high 19 to lead the host Bulldogs. The 6-foot-5 Thomas and 6-6 Kara Braxton controlled inside against the Grizzlies, who have no player taller than 6-1.

NO. 16 UNC 90, ODU 54: Candace Sutton had a season-high 17 points and six rebounds for the host Tar Heels.

NO. 21 ARIZONA 75, ILLINOIS 73: Shawntinice Polk became the first Wildcats player to have a double double in five straight games, finishing with 23 points and 11 rebounds as host Arizona won the final of the Fiesta Bowl Classic.

State

SAINT LEO 67, VALDOSTA ST. 63: September Harrison of Tampa had 14 points, all in the second half, as the visiting Lions rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit in the second game of the Shoney's Classic.

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