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Tennessee holds USC to lowest point total

©Associated Press
December 15, 2002

INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- Kara Lawson and Shyra Ely each scored 16 as No.4 Tennessee beat Southern Cal 71-39 Saturday.

Ebony Hoffman had 10 as the Trojans finished with the lowest point total in team history.

The Vols opened the second half by outscoring Southern Cal 14-4, taking a 42-18 lead. Tennessee led by at least 22 the rest of the way and led by 34 three times.

The Trojans shot 27.3 percent in the first and scored two during the final 11:01 of the half.

The win was Tennessee's fifth straight over Southern Cal, giving the Vols an 8-7 series lead.

NO. 5 STANFORD 67, PACIFIC 56: Kelley Suminski scored 17 of her 22 in the second to lead the host Cardinal. Stanford outscored the Tigers 26-7 during the final 7:50 to take control.

NO.6 PURDUE 53, INDIANA 51: Shereka Wright scored 26, including two free throws with 4.7 seconds left, to lead the Boilermakers at the Duel in the Dome in Indianapolis. The Hoosiers had one more possession, but Jenny DeMuth missed a layup.

NO.8 NOTRE DAME 84, TEMPLE 61: Alicia Ratay scored 17, Courtney LaVere had 16 and nine rebounds, and the host Fighting Irish used a 14-0 run early in the second to take control. Notre Dame dominated inside, outrebounding the Owls 44-34.

NO. 10 TEXAS TECH 84, WYOMING 64: Cisti Greenwalt had career highs of 26 points and eight blocks for the visiting Red Raiders. Ashley Elliott scored 18 to lead Wyoming, which shot 16 percent in the first half.

PITT 92, NO.11 PENN ST. 88 (OT): Sheila Stufflet completed a three-point play with 18 seconds left in overtime, and Brooke Stewart added two free throws in the final seconds for the host Panthers. Kelly Mazzante scored 36 for the Nittany Lions. Penn State rallied from a nine-point deficit but Pitt forced overtime when Laine Selwyn made two free throws with one second left.

NO.15 OKLAHOMA 68, TCU 64: Chelsi Welch scored 16 as the visiting Sooners rallied. The Horned Frogs led 24-19 at halftime after Oklahoma hit 27 percent from the field. But the Sooners shot 56 percent in the second.

NO.16 MISS. ST. 72, ILLINOIS 67: Tan White had 19 points and six steals and reserve Doceida Warren scored 15 for the visiting Bulldogs. Mississippi State won without All-American LaToya Thomas, who did not make the trip because of a family problem.

NO. 17 LA. TECH 93, NICHOLLS ST. 50: Erica Smith scored 17 to lead the host Techsters. Louisiana Tech charged to an 8-2 lead and extended it to 41-27 by halftime. Amber Obaze added 16 points and Aarica Ray scored 14 as the Techsters earned their third straight win over a state rival.

NO.20 GEORGIA 87, TENN. TECH 56: Christi Thomas scored 17 in 20 minutes to lead the host Bulldogs. The teams were tied at halftime before Georgia took a 51-20 edge in the second.

NO.22 BYU 68, N.C. STATE 57: Erin Thorn had 21 points and eight rebounds for the visiting Cougars. The Wolfpack trailed 31-20 at halftime after hitting 7 of 32, including 1-of-10 3-pointers.

SMU: Former coach Welton Brown died. He was 57. Mr. Brown died Thursday of complications from a severe stroke in September.

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FIU 81, MIAMI 70: Sylvia Mesa scored a career-high 21 and Cormisha Cotton added 19 for the host Golden Panthers. Florida International had to a two-point lead with 1:59 left before Mesa converted a three-point play that put the Golden Panthers ahead 71-66. The Hurricanes missed five of their last six field goals and FIU connected on 7-of-10 free throws the last 46 seconds.

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