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Taurasi leads UConn past pesky Eagles

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© St. Petersburg Times, published February 9, 2003

BOSTON -- Top-ranked Connecticut survived a scare and kept its winning streak alive.

The Huskies beat No. 23 Boston College 83-75 on Saturday, winning their 61st in a row -- second-longest streak in NCAA basketball behind UCLA men's 88 from 1971-74.

Diana Taurasi scored 22 despite playing most of the second half with four fouls, converting a three-point play to break a tie at 61 with 5:10 left after BC scored nine straight.

"There's a point in the game where you have to bear down and make shots," said Taurasi, the lone returning starter from last year's national champions. "The last couple of games, we've been letting teams back into it."

Barbara Turner had 18 points and nine rebounds for UConn (22-0) before fouling out in the final minute. Becky Gottstein had 19 points for the Eagles (15-6).

It was 72-69 with 2:40 left when Gottstein picked up her fifth foul. Turner made two free throws, Taurasi hit a jumper, and the Eagles never got within five again.

NO. 5 K-STATE 65, BAYLOR 53: Kendra Wecker had 23 points and 13 rebounds and Nicole Ohlde scored 18 for the visiting Wildcats (21-2). Kansas State led 24-23 at halftime, then opened the second half on a 10-2 run. Jessika Stratton led Baylor (15-6) with 11 points.

NO. 6 STANFORD 71, OREGON ST. 46: Nicole Powell had 24 points, 10 rebounds and four assists for the Cardinal (19-2), which won its 23rd straight home game. Leilani Estavan scored 12 to lead the Beavers (12-10), who dropped to 0-17 at Stanford and had 30 turnovers.

NO. 11 TEXAS 89, KANSAS 47: Heather Schreiber scored 14 for the Longhorns (15-5), who won their 17th straight at home. All 13 Texas players scored for Texas, which had 12 steals and scored 25 off turnovers. Aquanita Burras led Kansas (9-12) with 14 points.

ARIZONA ST. 62, NO. 20 WASH. 56: Carrie Buckner scored 10 of her 12 in the second half for the host Sun Devils (14-8). The Huskies (17-5), who average a Pac 10-best 77.7 points per game, missed three shots in the final 30 seconds after cutting the lead to 57-56. Arizona State (14-8) made five free throws in the final 20 seconds to seal it.

NO. 21 WIS-GREEN BAY 76, DETROIT 52: Kristy Loiselle scored 20 for the visiting Phoenix (19-3). Caitie Goddard had three 3-pointers and led the Titans (7-14) with 17 points. The Phoenix, who beat Detroit 86-53 on Jan. 4, led 31-24 at halftime and stretched the lead in the second half, holding the Titans to 31 percent shooting.

NO. 22 VILLANOVA 71, SYRACUSE 44: Katie Davis scored 23 and Kelly Nash 17 as for the visiting Wildcats (17-4). Villanova made 16 3-pointers, two short of its 2001 league record. Shannon Perry and Julie McBride scored 12 each for Syracuse (8-13), which was scoreless more than seven minutes to open the game.


MIAMI 69, ST. JOHN'S 54: Tamara James scored 18 for the host Hurricanes (14-7), and coach Ferne Labati became the 39th Division I coach to win 400. Labati is 400-288 in 24 seasons, including 264-166 in 15 seasons at Miami. The 'Canes led by 31 with 8:14 left, but St. John's (8-14) made a 12-0 run over the last four minutes. Shemika Stevens led St. John's with 14 points and seven rebounds.

TAMPA 55, ROLLINS 48: Jesse McDowell had 19 points and 17 rebounds for the visiting Spartans (18-5). Shannon Pranger scored 14 for the Tars (16-6), who pulled within four with 2:55 left.

SAINT LEO 59, BARRY 44: September Harrison of Tampa scored 22 and the host Lions (11-12) pulled away with a 15-0 second-half run.


FREE-THROW RECORD: Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.) guard Jamie Visness set the NCAA Division III women's record for consecutive free throws with 64. She topped the 61 of Baldwin-Wallace's (Ohio) Valerie Kepner (1988-89). The all-division mark is 66.

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