© St. Petersburg Times, published February 24, 2003
BATON ROUGE, La. -- No. 3 Tennessee rallied to a big victory on the road Sunday, beating No. 4 LSU 68-65.
Down 46-38, Tennessee (24-3, 12-0 SEC) went up 62-60 on a 3-pointer by Kara Lawson. LSU (23-2, 10-2) answered with a 3-pointer by Temeka Johnson to go up 63-62 with 2:05 left.
Lawson hit a jumper with 1:40 left to make it 64-63. Tennessee then added two free throws, increasing the lead to 66-63 with 24 seconds left. A layup by Johnson pulled LSU to 66-65.
LSU fouled Shanna Zolman, who made both shots, giving Tennessee a 68-65 lead. The Tigers got the ball for the final time with two seconds left, but Lawson stole it.
NO. 1 UCONN 77, NOTRE DAME 59: The host Huskies extended their win streak to 65. Connecticut (26-0, 13-0 Big East) closed out the first half with a 5-0 run for a 33-28 lead. It blew it open with a 16-5 second-half run and led the Irish (15-9, 7-6) by as many as 22.
OHIO ST. 56, NO. 11 PURDUE 51: Kim Wilburn's jumper with 35 seconds left broke a 50-50 tie for the host Buckeyes. Shereka Wright's free throw got Purdue (21-5, 10-4 Big Ten) to 52-51 with 20 seconds left, but Ohio State (18-8, 9-6) made four free throws to seal it.
NO. 16 MINNESOTA 73, NO. 12 PENN ST. 57: Janel McCarville's 18 points helped the host Gophers prevent the Nittany Lions from clinching the Big Ten outright. Penn State (22-7, 12-3) has clinched a tie and wins it outright if it beats Wisconsin on Sunday.
Reserve Kim Prince scored all eight of her points late in the first half to spark a 23-4 run bridging the end of the first half and beginning of the second for Minnesota (21-4, 10-4).
NO. 13 GEORGIA 69, NO. 15 ARKANSAS 60: Christi Thomas scored 24 and Alexis Kendrick made six consecutive free throws during the final minute for the host Bulldogs. The Razorbacks (19-8, 6-6 SEC) rallied from 11 down to take a 61-60 lead with 1:03 left. But on the ensuing inbounds for Georgia (18-7, 9-3), Kendrick was fouled and made both free throws.
NO. 14 MISSISSIPPI ST. 70, MISSISSIPPI 62: LaToya Thomas scored 37 for the host Bulldogs. Mississippi State (20-6, 8-4 SEC) has won 10 of 11 against the Rebels (12-13, 1-11).
NO. 17 SOUTH CAROLINA 65, AUBURN 64: Petra Ujhelyi's three-point play with 1.5 seconds left lifted the host Gamecocks. South Carolina (19-6, 7-5 SEC) led by as many as 15 but trailed 64-62 after a basket by Boca Ciega graduate Tia Miller with 20.7 seconds left.
After Jocelyn Penn missed a shot, Ujhelyi, the SEC's leading rebounder, grabbed the miss, put it back and was fouled. After her free throw, Auburn (17-8, 5-7) threw away the inbounds pass.
GAINESVILLE -- Jenni Benningfield scored 12 of her 18 during a six-minute span of the second half to lead No. 18 Vanderbilt to a 64-58 victory against Florida. The Gators (8-17, 0-12 SEC) have lost a school-record 13 in a row. They cut it to 36-35 with 14:38 left. But Benningfield made consecutive 3-pointers, and the Commodores (18-7, 8-4) pulled away.
EAST CAROLINA 71, USF 60: The host Bulls rallied from a 14-point first-half deficit to take the lead before falling. Melissa Tape's layup brought USF (7-18, 2-10 C-USA) to within 49-48. But the Pirates (12-13, 4-8) did not allow a field goal during the next six minutes.
VIRGINIA 63, FSU 54: The visiting Seminoles lost their fifth in a row to fall to 7-7 in the ACC. Florida State (15-10) led 37-36, but Brandi Teamer's basket started a 12-2 run for the Cavaliers (14-12, 8-7).