© St. Petersburg Times, published January 12, 2003
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Freshman Tamara James helped Miami do something Saturday it has never done: beat Notre Dame convincingly.
James scored 27, hitting key baskets every time the No. 16 Irish appeared ready to make a run, as the Hurricanes (11-3) beat Notre Dame 80-70. It was the third time in 15 tries the 'Canes beat Notre Dame and the first time by more than one point.
"The last time we beat Notre Dame was at Miami at the buzzer (in 1998) and that was the year we went to the NCAA Tournament," coach Ferne Labati said. "Hopefully that's a good omen."
Irish coach Muffet McGraw said she was just as disappointed in her team's effort as she was a week earlier in a 71-54 loss to Purdue.
"We can't beat anybody when we turn the ball over 28 times and give up 24 offensive rebounds. It's as simple as that," McGraw said. "All you have to do to know why we're losing is to look at the stat sheet. We're not doing our job."
The Irish (9-4) also gave up 80 shots to the quicker Hurricanes, the most by an opponent at the Joyce Center. That broke the arena mark of 74 set by DePaul in 1994.
The Irish led 42-34 when Courtney LaVere made a layup with 2:37 left in the first half. But the Hurricanes used a 10-2 run to tie it at 44 at halftime. Meaghan Saake hit a 3-pointer to start the second half, and the Hurricanes never trailed again.
The Irish dropped two straight at home for the first time since the start of the 1994-95 season. That also was the last time the Irish lost two home games in a season. Teresa Borton led the Irish with 13 points.
NO. 4 K-STATE. 61, NO. 24 COLO. 36: Kendra Wecker had 18 points and 10 rebounds as host Kansas State held the Buffaloes to a school-record 15 points in the first half.
"Overall, we wanted to crowd the lanes and play total team defense," said Nicole Ohlde, who scored 15 for Kansas State. "If we continue to play defense like that, we should be able to do that every day."
Kansas State (15-1) never trailed and won its 10th straight. The Buffaloes (11-2) made 17 percent of their field-goal attempts in the first half, also a school record.
The Buffaloes went on an 8-0 run to start the second half, cutting a 22-point deficit to 14. But Kansas State's Amy Dutmer hit a 3-pointer with 15:17 left that sparked an 11-0 run and put Colorado away for good.
NO. 8 TEXAS TECH 62, BAYLOR 48: LaToya Davis had 15 points and 15 rebounds as the host Red Raiders won their 13th straight.
Tech (13-1) took control in the final four minutes, finishing with a 13-2 run. Baylor (12-2) had pulled within 49-46 on an inside basket by Sophia Young.
On Tech's ensuing possession, Young was whistled for a personal foul and a technical foul. Tech's Natalie Ritchie and Davis converted the four free throws to push the lead to 53-46 with 3:50 left. Dionne Brown paced Baylor with 13 points.
NO. 12 LA. TECH 60, HAWAII 52: Amber Obaze scored 18 as the visiting Techsters (10-2) won their eighth straight and improved to 9-0 against Hawaii (8-5). The Techsters, 40-1 against WAC schools, held a 43-28 rebound advantage. Jade Abele scored 19 to lead Hawaii.
NO. 19 WIS-GREEN BAY 76, LOY-CHI. 53: Abby Scharlow scored 13 to lead the visiting Phoenix (13-2). Sarah Hamilton scored 13 and Meskhenet Lands added 11 for Loyola-Chicago (7-9). Wisconsin-Green Bay took control with a 16-6 run in the second half, leading 63-43 with 7:11 left.
NO. 20 TEXAS 70, MISSOURI 59: Stacy Stephens scored 18 and Tai Dillard added 17 to lead the visiting Longhorns. After Missouri's Cherice Mack tied it at 52 with 3:36 left, Texas (9-4) went on an 8-0 run to take a 62-53 lead and converted 8 of 10 free throws down the stretch. Kerensa Barr finished with 14 points for Missouri (6-7), which had 20 turnovers.
NO. 22 VILLANOVA 53, W.VA. 43: Trish Juhline scored 20 for the visiting Wildcats. The Mountaineers (10-2) lost to a Top 25 team a second time in three days. Kate Bulger was held to a season-low two points, 16 below her team-leading average. Bulger was shooting a Division I-best 55.8 percent from 3-point range, but Villanova (12-1) didn't allow West Virginia to take a 3-point shot.
NO. 25 OKLAHOMA 57, NEBRASKA 43: Chelsi Welch and Maria Villarroel each scored 17 for the visiting Sooners. Oklahoma (10-4) held Nebraska scoreless more than seven minutes in the second half to pull away. The Sooners led 34-33 when Nebraska's Margaret Richards hit a jumper with 12:10 left. Nebraska (7-5) made only 6 of 32 shots in the second half.
UCF 75, STETSON 52: Ali Roberts had 14 points and six rebounds to lead the visiting Golden Knights (6-7). UCF used a 27-10 run to build its lead to 29 with 7:39 left in the second half. Joslyn Giles led the Hatters (1-12) with 14 points.
FAU 58, JU 55: The host Dolphins (2-10) used a 23-8 run over the final 12:41 to pull within three with .7 seconds left, but fell short when freshman guard Tara Eddy missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer. Tamica Pierce led the Owls (4-9) with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
TAMPA 82, BARRY 62: Jessie McDowell had the host Spartans' first triple double with 17 points, 13 rebounds and 10 blocked shots. UT is 12-3.