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UConn survives Trojans' upset bid

Associated Press
Published December 8, 2003

LOS ANGELES - Diana Taurasi hit two 3-pointers in the final 2:39 when Connecticut held a one-point lead, and the top-ranked Huskies escaped with a 72-69 victory Sunday over Southern Cal.

"I knew we'd get back in it. We're mentally strong," said Barbara Turner, who scored 19. "A lot of teams wouldn't have been able to bear down and win a game like this."

The Huskies' 72-game regular-season winning streak was in jeopardy until Taurasi scored their final nine. She finished with 26.

Rachel Woodward's tying 3-point attempt bounced off the rim at the buzzer.

The Huskies had defeated their first five opponents by an average of 33.2 points but had their hands full with the Trojans. Southern Cal led by 15 in the first half.

Connecticut led 63-62 when Taurasi stripped Eshaya Murphy and hit a 3-pointer. Taurasi had missed three straight shots before she hit from long range to give Connecticut a 66-62 lead with 2:39 left.

NO. 8 PENN ST. 79, NO. 2 TEXAS 59: Kelly Mazzante scored 15 of her 19 in the second half as the Lions extended their home winning streak to 22 games and gave the Longhorns their first loss. Penn State hadn't beaten an opponent ranked so high since defeating No. 2 Iowa 78-64 on March 5, 1993.

NO. 3 UT 85, NO. 10 LA. TECH 65: Shyra Ely had 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the host Vols to their fourth straight win over the Techsters. Louisiana Tech reserve guard Aarica Ray-Boyd sustained a concussion when she fell hard trying to block a shot late in the game. Ray-Boyd lost consciousness for about 45 seconds and was taken to University of Tennessee Medical Center by ambulance.

NO. 7 PURDUE 66, HOUSTON 63: Shereka Wright scored 13 of her 21 in the second half and helped rally the visiting Boilermakers to their fifth straight win.

NO. 9 MINNESOTA 79, UMKC 53: Lindsay Whalen scored 19 and Janel McCarville had her fourth double double of the season with 13 points and 15 rebounds for the visiting Gophers.

ODU 73, NO. 13 UNC 68: Myriah Spence hit two 3-pointers in a late 13-3 second-half run that helped the host Monarchs beat a Top 25 foe for the second time this season.

NO. 16 OU 73, NO. 19 UTAH 65: Dionnah Jackson scored 17 and Caton Hill 16 to help host Oklahoma remain unbeaten.

NO. 23 VA. TECH 68, ALABAMA 51: Erin Gibson had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the visiting Hokies (6-0).

NO. 25 AUBURN 82, BUFFALO 32: Mandisa Stevenson had 16 points and eight rebounds and the host Tigers forced 23 steals.

FREE-THROW MARK: Moravian College set an NCAA record by making all 35 free throws in a 61-53 victory over visiting Susquehanna. The record was 31-of-31 by Kansas in 1996.

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