January 5, 2003
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Aiysha Smith scored 22 as No. 14 LSU stayed unbeaten by defeating the nation's No. 15 team for the second time in eight days.
"A lot of people didn't know us," Smith said. "They heard we were good, but they said we hadn't beaten anybody good."
The Tigers (12-0) beat Texas 76-58 Dec. 28.
Ashli Schwab had 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Lions (10-3), and Tanisha Wright added 18 points. Kelly Mazzante, the nation's third-leading scorer at 27.2 per game, was held to 13.
"Mazzante is a great player, and we just had to contain her," said Doneeka Hodges, who guarded Mazzante most of the game. "We knew she would get some shots off, but we just wanted to make sure we contested everything she put up."
LSU led 5-0 and never trailed, putting coach Sue Gunter three shy of 400 for her career with the Tigers.
NO. 7 PURDUE 71, NO. 13 ND 54: Shereka Wright scored 18, and the visiting Boilermakers used a 15-0 run to break open a close game.
Purdue (11-1) was shooting just 21 percent (7-of-33) when Erika Valek made a 15-foot shot to end the drought of 7:15 without a basket. The shot cut Notre Dame's lead to 22-20 and sparked the 15-0 run that continued into the second half.
Courtney LaVere had 23 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks to lead Notre Dame (8-3). Jacqueline Batteast added 14 points and Le'Tania Severe had 10 points and six assists.
Alicia Ratay, Notre Dame's only starter left from the Irish team that beat Purdue for the national title two years ago, was held scoreless, managing only two shots. She averages 11.4 points.
"We didn't compete," Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said.
NO. 12 VANDY 86, HOLY CROSS 54: Chantelle Anderson scored 20 to lead six of the host Commodores in double figures.
Vandy (9-3) went on a 14-0 first-half run to go ahead 26-7. A 3-pointer by Ashley McElhiney just before halftime gave the Commodores a 47-22 lead.
Katie O'Keefe scored 10 to lead Holy Cross (6-5).
NO. 14 LA. TECH 74, SMU 64: Trina Frierson scored 21 and had 12 rebounds and the visiting Techsters hit six free throws in the closing seconds to hang on in the Western Athletic Conference opener for both teams.
NO. 16 S. CAROLINA 101, STETSON 39: Jocelyn Penn scored a school-record 51 for the host Gamecocks.
Penn's free throw with .4 left broke the mark set by Shannon Johnson in 1996. Penn matched the record with 50 points in a 99-46 victory over Wofford on Dec. 4.
NO. 20 ARIZONA 72, OREGON ST. 44: Shawntinice Polk had 18 points and 11 rebounds for her 10th double double of the season for the host Wildcats.
Arizona led 31-15 at halftime and put it away with a 16-2 run to start the second half. Mandy Close scored 11 to lead the Beavers, who committed 16 turnovers in the first half.
NO. 21 WIS.-GREEN BAY 86, DETROIT 53: Sara Boyer broke the school career 3-point record, and Tiffany Mor scored a career-high 18 to host Phoenix.
Green Bay (11-2) overcame a sluggish start to pull away with a 56-point second half.
Boyer made four 3-pointers, all in the second half, on her way to 16 points. She has 120 for her career.
NO. 23 BC 85, PROVIDENCE 63: Jessalyn Deveny had a career-high 36 points to lead the visiting Eagles, three shy of the school record. Deveny shot 5-for-7 from 3-point range and 14-for-20 overall.
The Eagles made a season-high 11 3-pointers and had a season-best 24 assists.
NO. 24 VILLANOVA 77, ST. JOHN'S 53: Kelly Nash scored 19 and Nicole Druckenmiller added a career-high 17 for the host Wildcats.
Villanova (10-1) is off to its best start since going 13-1 to open the 1981-82 season.
ROLLINS 63, TAMPA 55: Shannon Pranger had 20 points to lead the Tars in a nonconference game at the Lynn New Year's Classic in Boca Raton.