January 20, 2003
CHICAGO -- Khara Smith scored a career-high 24 and had seven rebounds as No. 25 DePaul defeated South Florida 63-57 Sunday afternoon.
South Florida opened with an 11-4 lead on an Aiya Shepard layup. DePaul (14-4) missed its first six shots and trailed most of the first half until Jenni Dant, who scored 20, hit two free throws to take a 26-25 lead during a 15-2 DePaul run to close out the first half. The Blue Demons led 33-27 at half.
Smith scored 12 in the first half, playing 10 minutes. South Florida (5-11) shot 56 percent from the field in the first half and was 4-of-6 from 3-point range. The Bulls are 0-8 on the road.
Shepard cut the DePaul lead to 60-57 with 1:07 left, and South Florida had a chance to pull within one, but Sonia Cotton missed with 17 seconds left. Shepard led USF with 16 points, and Cotton added 11.
NO. 10 ARK. 82, NO. 2 LSU 72: Shameka Christon scored 25 on 10-of-13 shooting as the host Razorbacks ended the Tigers' 15-game winning streak. Arkansas (16-2), which never had beaten a team ranked higher than sixth, had a 12-0 run in each half. Doneeka Hodges scored 26 for LSU (15-1).
NO. 4 K-STATE 88, NEBRASKA 54: Nicole Ohlde scored 23 and Kendra Wecker added 22 to lead the visiting Wildcats. Ohlde went 9-of-10 from the field as the Wildcats (17-1) won their 12th straight and equaled their best start. They opened last season with wins in 17 of their first 18. Alexa Johnson scored 18 for the Cornhuskers (7-7), who had 20 turnovers.
NO. 12 MINNESOTA 90, NO. 9 PURDUE 75: Lindsay Whalen scored 26 and Janel McCarville had 17 of her 19 points in the second half for the host Golden Gophers (15-1) before a record 13,117. Shereka Wright scored 28 for Purdue (14-3), which had 24 turnovers.
NO. 13 PENN ST. 75, MICH. ST. 70: Jess Strom scored a career-high 24 and Jessica Brungo added 21 for the host Nittany Lions (14-4). Strom also had three of her five steals and four free throws in the final two minutes. Kelli Roehrig led the Spartans (9-7) with 17 points.
GEORGIA 67, NO. 14 S.C. 59: Christi Thomas had 19 points and 14 rebounds for the visiting Bulldogs (12-4). Freshman Alexis Kendrick had a 3-pointer and two free throws in the final 1:17 to seal it. Jocelyn Penn, the nation's leading scorer averaging 27.3 points, scored 21 of her 23 in the second half for South Carolina (14-3).
NO. 15 MISS ST. 69, MISS. 60: LaToya Thomas scored 30 and set the school career rebounding record for the visiting Bulldogs (13-3). Thomas had nine rebounds, giving her 943 to top Sharon Thompson's mark of 936. Amber Watts had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead Mississippi (11-5).
NO. 17 VANDY 84, KENTUCKY 50: Jenni Benningfield scored a career-high 24 for the host Commodores (11-5). Vanderbilt trailed 30-28 with 3:43 left in the first half before Benningfield tied it on a layup, keying an 11-0 run to close the half. Rita Adams and SeSe Helm scored 12 each for Kentucky (8-7).