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No. 4 LSU needs 3 OTs for victory

©Associated Press
February 16, 2003

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU coach Sue Gunter saw a lot more of UC Santa-Barbara than she wanted.

"I knew it was going to be a really, really good game," Gunter said. "But I didn't know it was going to be quite that good. They're an excellent team."

Aiysha Smith's 3-pointer with 55 seconds left in the third overtime put No. 4 LSU ahead for good as the Tigers held off No. 20 UC Santa-Barbara 94-90 on Saturday in a game that was tied 16 times and had 14 lead changes.

"I was just hoping it would go in," said Smith, who missed her first three long-range attempts. "It was a tough game. They're a tough team."

The Gauchos cut the Tigers' lead to 89-88 on a 3-pointer by Debbie Caine with 43 seconds to go, but LSU outscored them 5-2 the rest of the way.

The loss snapped UC Santa-Barbara's (18-4) seven-game winning streak. It was the fifth time in six games that LSU (22-1) faced a Top 20 opponent.

Smith scored 30 and had 11 rebounds. Seimone Augustus added 20 points for the Tigers and Temeka Johnson had 18 and Doneeka Hodges scored 10.

Kristen Mann led UC Santa-Barbara with 27 points and Jess Hansen had 23. Lindsey Taylor and Mia Fisher each scored 13 for the Gauchos.

LSU had a 62-60 lead with 10 seconds left in regulation, but Augustus' jumper from the top of the key bounced off the rim, Fisher rebounded and Hansen scored to tie it at 62 as time ran out.

In the first overtime, Santa-Barbara took a 68-66 lead on Mann's layup with 1:01 remaining. LSU tied it at 68 on a jumper in the paint by Johnson with eight seconds left, sending the game into double overtime.

"It's a matter of heart," Mann said. "We always thought we could do it."

NO. 5 KANSAS ST. 64, OKLA. ST. 46: Nicole Ohlde had 16 of her 24 points in the first half, and had 12 rebounds for the host Wildcats.

Kansas State (23-2, 10-1 Big 12) last beat the Cowboys (5-17, 1-10) on Feb. 9, 2000.

Kendra Wecker added 17 points and Amy Dutmer had 11 rebounds for the Wildcats. Trisha Skibbe led the Cowboys with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

Kansas State led only 31-30 at halftime, but scored 11 straight to start the second half and the Cowboys never recovered.

NO. 6 STANFORD 84, WASH. ST. 41: Sebnem Kimyacioglu had 16 first-half points for visiting Stanford, which claimed its 36th victory in 36 games between the schools.

Washington State was coming off a 67-64 upset of California, snapping the second-longest losing streak in Division I women's history. It was the Cougars' first victory since Nov. 29, 2001. Stanford (20-3, 12-2 Pac-10) hit six 3-pointers -- three by Kimyacioglu -- in the opening 11 minutes to build a 30-11 lead. Stanford then held Washington State (1-22, 1-14) scoreless for more than six minutes.

Jessica Perry led Washington State with 11 points.

BAYLOR 86, NO. 7 TEXAS TECH 72: The host Bears (15-7, 4-6 Big 12) got a game-high 26 points from Sophia Young to upset the Red Raiders (20-2, 9-1) and spoil coach Marsha Sharp's bid for her 500th career victory.

NO. 10 LA. TECH 79, NEVADA 67: Trina Frierson scored a career-high 26 and Cheryl Ford added 23 and 13 rebounds for her 15th double double of the season to lead the host Techsters (21-2, 13-0 WAC).

Amber Obaze added 11 points for Louisiana Tech, which won its 16th straight conference game and 19th straight overall. Ashley Bastian led Nevada (9-14, 2-11) with 23 points.

NO. 11 TEXAS 65, IOWA STATE 55: Freshman Nina Norman scored a season-high 19 and Stacy Stephens added 17 points and 13 rebounds as the Longhorns won at Iowa State for the first time in four tries.

Tai Dillard scored 16 for the Longhorns (17-5, 10-1 Big 12), who led by six early in the second half, fell behind by six, then ran off 10 straight to go ahead to stay.

Iowa State (9-13, 4-7) got 22 points from Lindsey Wilson but managed only one basket -- a layup by Wilson -- in the final 6:51.

NO. 21 WIS.-G.B. 98, LOYOLA 61: Kristy Loiselle and Chandra Johnson scored 16 each to lead five players in double figures for the host Phoenix. After Loyola's Sarah Hamilton hit the game's first basket, Green Bay (20-3, 11-1 Horizon League) went on a 17-0 run to take control. Loyola got 16 points from Hamilton.


WEST VA. 100, MIAMI 84: Kate Bulger scored 22 and Yolanda Paige added 14 and 14 assists for the host Mountaineers. Behind 58.2 percent shooting, West Virginia (13-9, 2-9 Big East) beat the Hurricanes for the second straight time after losing the past eight in the series. Meghan Saake and Tamara James scored 18 apiece to lead the Hurricanes (14-8, 6-5), who host to No. 1 Connecticut on Wednesday.

UCF 83, CAMPBELL 77: Junior Adrienne Billings had a season-high 26 points and nine rebounds as the host Knights (12-9, 9-2 ASC) extended their winning streak to three. Campbell dropped to 8-14, 4-7 A-Sun.

SAINT LEO 55, ECKERD 54: Junior Jessica Goneconte hit a 6-foot jumper from the baseline with 7.4 seconds remaining to put the host Lions (12-13, 4-8 SSC) ahead for good. Eckerd dropped to 11-14, 2-10.

TAMPA 62, LYNN 53: The visiting Spartans improved to 20-5 overall and 10-2 in the Sunshine State Conference.

USF: Jameelah Trimble, a junior center, left the program for personal reasons. Also, freshman guard Valerie deVelasco has been granted a release to transfer at her request to be closer to Miami home.

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