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Raiders' Sharp gets win No. 500

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February 20, 2003


LUBBOCK, Texas -- Texas Tech's Marsha Sharp won her 500th game Wednesday night, becoming the 22nd Division I women's coach to reach that mark, when the eighth-ranked Raiders beat Oklahoma 59-48.

Plenette Pierson scored 23 as Texas Tech (21-3, 10-2 Big 12) overcame a nine-point first-half deficit.

Sharp has a record of 500-156 in 21 seasons with Texas Tech. Her 500th win came in the building where Tech's Bob Knight won his 800th game this month, becoming the fourth Division I men's coach to reach that plateau.

The Raiders, who haven't lost consecutive games this season, were denied the milestone when they lost 86-72 in overtime at Baylor on Saturday night. Oklahoma (15-10, 6-6) has lost all six of its games against Top 10 teams this season.

Sharp, 50, has 14 straight 20-win seasons. She has led the Raiders to 16 NCAA Tournaments, including the past 13, and their only national championship in 1993 when Sheryl Swoopes was playing.

NO. 1 UCONN 81, UM 60: Diana Taurasi scored 19 as the visiting Huskies extended their NCAA-record winning streak to 64 games.

UConn (25-0, 12-0 Big East) used a 30-4 run that extended into the second half to erase an early eight-point deficit. The deficit matched the largest the Huskies have faced at any point during the winning streak.

Tamara James led Miami (14-9, 6-6) with 19 points.

NO. 5 K-STATE 66, MISSOURI 56: Megan Mahoney scored 21 and Kendra Wecker added 18 as the visiting Kansas State (24-2, 11-1 Big 12) held off a late rally. After being down by as many as 20 early in the second half, the Tigers (13-10, 7-5) used an 8-0 run to cut the deficit to 51-43 with 7:36 left.

NO. 10 TEXAS 75, COLO. 55: Heather Schreiber had 17 points and 13 rebounds as the Longhorns ran their home record to 13-0. Jamie Carey scored 15 and Stacy Stephens added 14 and 10 rebounds for Texas (18-5, 11-1 Big 12). Randie Wirt scored 11 to lead the Buffaloes (18-5, 8-4), who never recovered from an early double-digit deficit and 6-foot-5 center Tera Bjorklund's foul trouble.

NO. 20 VILLANOVA 51, GEORGETOWN 37: Katie Davis scored 21 and hit a 3-pointer to open the second half that gave the host Wildcats (19-4, 9-3 Big East) the lead for good. Nok Duany had 10 points for the Hoyas (14-9, 5-7).

NO. 21 WIS.-G.B. 85, YOUNGSTOWN ST. 64: Reserve Abby Scharlow sparked an early 8-0 run and finished with 15 points for the visiting Phoenix (21-3l, 12-1 Horizon League). Devin Novak scored 19 for the Penguins (5-18, 2-10).

NO. 22 RUTGERS 69, ST. JOHN'S 38: Cappie Pondexter had 21 points, nine rebounds and seven assists as the visiting Scarlet Knights won their eighth in a row. Rutgers (17-5, 10-2 Big East) has won 10 straight over the Red Storm (8-16, 2-11) and holds a 25-3 advantage in the series. Rutgers last lost to St. John's on Jan. 30, 1996.

NO. 24 BC 68, SETON HALL 58: Jessalyn Deveny scored 19 and Becky Gottstein added 14 to lead the visiting Eagles (17-6, 9-3 Big East). Cecelia Lindqvist scored 15 for the Pirates (12-11, 6-7).

State

GA. TECH 86, FSU 56: Fallon Stokes scored 14, including 12 of the Yellow Jackets' first 16, as host Georgia Tech handed the Seminoles their fourth straight loss. The Yellow Jackets (16-9, 4-9 ACC) went on a 13-0 run after falling behind 4-0 and led 47-21 at the half. FSU (15-9, 7-6) never got closer than 18 in the second half.

SAINT LEO 61, TAMPA 53: September Harrison had 20 points and Jackie Pugh added 13 points and nine rebounds to lead the visiting Lions (13-13, 5-8 Sunshine State Conference). Jessie McDowell had 18 points and 15 rebounds for the Spartans (20-6, 10-3).

ECKERD 74, LYNN 61: Andrea Patterson had 28 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds to lead the host Tritons (12-14, 3-10 SSC). Joselene Jocurin and Michele Newman scored 16 each for the Knights (6-20, 4-9).

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