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Duke routs Heels; ACC streak at 37

©Associated Press
February 21, 2003

DURHAM, N.C. -- Iciss Tillis scored 21 and Alana Beard added 19 as No. 2 Duke ran its ACC winning streak to 37 straight with a 97-63 victory over No. 6 North Carolina on Thursday night.

The Blue Devils (25-1, 13-0) have won five conference games by double digits since losing to top-ranked Connecticut on Feb. 1.

North Carolina (23-3, 12-2) came in with its highest ranking since January 1999, but lost its eighth straight to Duke.

Coretta Brown, UNC's leading scorer at 15.8 in ACC games, didn't score until there was 10:10 left.

Nikita Bell led North Carolina, which shot 36 percent, with 14 points.

NO. 3 TENNESSEE 87, NO. 13 GEORGIA 60: Gwen Jackson scored 14 and Shyra Ely had a career-high 12 rebounds as the host Vols won their 14th straight.

Reserve Courtney McDaniel scored a career-high 13 and Tasha Butts had a career-high 13 rebounds for the Vols (23-3, 11-0 SEC), who outrebounded the Bulldogs 53-25.

Freshman Alexis Kendrick led Georgia (17-7, 8-3) with 21 points.

Georgia played for the first time since leading scorer Kara Braxton (15.7) was suspended Wednesday. Her absence left Christi Thomas as Georgia's leading scorer at 15.5, and she fouled out with eight points.

NO. 4 LSU 83, MISSISSIPPI 67: Ke-Ke Tardy scored 19 for the visiting Tigers (23-1, 10-1 SEC). The Rebels are 12-12, 1-10.

NO. 7 LA. TECH 80, RICE 63: Trina Frierson scored a career-high 28 and the visiting Techsters (22-2, 14-0 WAC) clinched their second straight conference title. The Owls are 10-12, 7-6.

NO. 9 STANFORD 63, SOUTHERN CAL 55: Nicole Powell had 22 points and 16 rebounds for the host Cardinal (21-3, 13-2 Pac-10). USC is 12-14, 7-8.

NO. 11 PURDUE 65, MICHIGAN STATE 60: Shereka Wright scored eight of her 24 in the final 21/2 minutes as the host Boilermakers (21-4, 10-3 Big Ten) avoided an upset. The Spartans are 15-9, 8-5.

NO. 12 PENN STATE 75, MICHIGAN 61: Kelly Mazzante scored 23 for the host Nittany Lions (22-6, 12-2 Big Ten), who used a 20-6 run late in the first half to open an 11-point lead. Jennifer Smith scored 28 for the Wolverines (11-13, 2-11), who have lost eight straight.

NO. 14 MISS ST. 72, NO. 15 ARK. 59: LaToya Thomas scored 35 in the first victory for the Bulldogs (19-6, 7-4 SEC) at Bud Walton Arena under coach Sharon Fanning. Arkansas is 19-7, 6-5.

NO. 16 MINNESOTA 77, IOWA 60: Janel McCarville scored 22 on 8-for-8 shooting and the visiting Gophers (20-4, 9-4 Big Ten) finished with a 16-3 run. The Hawkeyes are 13-11, 5-8.

NO. 1 CONNECTICUT: A streak of 64 straight victories and counting earned the Huskies a place in the Basketball Hall of Fame. Coach Geno Auriemma presented to the Hall a ball from the Jan. 18 victory over Georgetown that set the record at 55.

WEST VIRGINIA: Guard Sherell Sowho, the Mountaineers' second-leading scorer, has been indefinitely suspended from the team for violating team rules, coach Mike Carey said.

State

KENTUCKY 49, FLORIDA 47: Sarah Lowe's driving layup rolled around the rim and fell out at the buzzer as the visiting Gators lost their 12th straight. Vanessa Hayden had 15 points and 17 rebounds for UF (8-16, 0-11 SEC). The Wildcats are 10-13, 3-8.

TROY STATE 66, JACKSONVILLE 58: Kat Sungyhad 12 points and eight rebounds but the host Dolphins fell to 5-18, 3-9 Atlantic Sun Conference. The Trojans are 14-9, 9-3.

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