© St. Petersburg Times, published December 30, 2002
STANFORD, Calif. -- Sebnem Kimyacioglu scored a career-high 19 and blocked a crucial shot in the closing minutes as sixth-ranked Stanford rallied from a 13-point second-half deficit to defeat No. 21 Arizona 82-74 Sunday.
Susan King added 17 points, including five free throws in the final 2:42, as the Cardinal won its 23rd consecutive Pac-10 game. Azella Perryman added 10 points and 12 rebounds for her third double double of the season, and Kelley Suminski had 14 points and a season-high eight assists.
Kimyacioglu blocked Julie Brase's shot with 1:30 left and the Cardinal up by four.
Krista Warren scored 19 of her career-high 25 in the first half for Arizona, which had won three in a row. Shawntinice Polk added 18 points and nine rebounds, and Dee-Dee Wheeler had 15 points.
Polk gave Arizona a 72-70 lead with 3:40 left, but Stanford went on an 11-0 run, including 9 of 10 free throws, over the next three minutes.
NO. 1 DUKE 88, IOWA ST. 59: Alana Beard had 26 points and a career-high four blocks as the Blue Devils (12-0) matched the best start in school history in the championship game of the South Padre Island Shootout in Los Fresnos, Texas. Beard scored at least 20 for the sixth straight game for Duke, which also started 12-0 in the 1987-88 season.
NO. 7 PURDUE 73, W. MICH. 65: Mary Jo Noon scored 22 and Shereka Wright 16 as the host Boilermakers held off a late charge. Purdue had a 21-point lead cut to two late in the second half, but the Broncos never caught up.
NO. 13 UNC 84, CHARLESTON SO. 49: Coretta Brown scored 12 of her 14 in the first half as the host Tar Heels coasted. Candace Sutton added 12 points and Nikita Bell 10 for North Carolina.
NO. 14 MISS. ST. 70, TEXAS-PAN AM 38: Sophomore guard Tan White scored 15 to lead the Bulldogs in the consolation game of the Griz Holiday Classic in Missoula, Mont.
NO. 18 S. CAROLINA 96, ALCORN ST. 52: Jocelyn Penn had 28 points and eight rebounds for the host Gamecocks. Penn had five points in an early 11-0 run as South Carolina took a 17-6 lead with 15:17 left in the first half.
TULANE 69, NO. 20 BC 50: Delacey Joseph had 16 points to lead four Green Wave players in double figures, and host Tulane rallied in the second half. Joseph was 7-of-14 from the field and 2-of-4 from the 3-point range.
NO. 25 MICH. 64, UMASS 61: Tabitha Pool and Niki Reams hit consecutive 3-pointers in the final 1:06 to key a comeback from a 32-18 halftime deficit for the Wolverines at the State Farm Classic in Gainesville.
UF 81, UVA 68: Courtney Cooper, playing in her second game of the season, had 16 and 10 rebounds as the Gators won the championship game of the State Farm Classic.
Florida outscored the Cavaliers 49-31 in the second half, erasing a five-point halftime deficit.
Danielle Santos came off the bench to score 16 as the Gators reserves outscored Virginia's 25-9.
UM 97, MARYLAND 66: Tamara James scored 27 and Melissa Knight added a career-high 23 to lead the host Hurricanes in the championship game of the Gatorade Holiday Classic. Miami opened with a 9-0 run and never trailed.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Illinois coach Theresa Grentz logged her 600th career victory, an 80-68 win over previously unbeaten Auburn.
Grentz became the eighth active women's coach with 600 wins.
"These girls have given me a gift," Grentz said. "It's an incredible gift from a very special group, and I appreciate it."
In a career that began in 1975, Grentz has had 16 20-win seasons, a 30-win season and one losing campaign. She was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001.