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Huskies shake off early shooting woes to bite Hoyas

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Published January 11, 2004

STORRS, Conn. - Diana Taurasi never gave up on her shot.

Taurasi was 1-for-10 in the first half but finished with 21 points to lead No.4 Connecticut to a 69-51 victory over Georgetown on Saturday.

The Huskies (11-1, 2-0 Big East) were playing at home for the first time since their 69-game home winning streak ended. The loss to Duke last Sunday cost them their No.1 ranking.

Taurasi was not the only UConn player to have trouble early. The Huskies shot 27.6 percent in the first, a season low, and were down by three at halftime.

"We could not get one to drop," Taurasi said. "It was not like we were taking contested shots. You can either stop shooting them, which means you're not going to miss them, but you're not going to make them."

She started making them in the second and finished 7-of-23. Her consecutive 3-pointers helped fuel a 21-3 run to open the half, and the Huskies stayed in control the rest of the way. UConn also clamped down on defense, and the Hoyas (7-6, 1-2) were unable put together consecutive field goals.

NO.2 TEXAS TECH 106, OKLA. ST. 43: Natalie Ritchie scored a career-high 27 and made a school-record eight 3-pointers to lead the host Red Raiders. Ritchie's final 3-pointer with 7:10 left gave Texas Tech (15-0, 1-0 Big 12) an 88-38 lead. The Red Raiders scored 29 straight in the first half to go up 33-4 and led 54-14 at halftime. Oklahoma State (6-7, 1-1) got no closer than 40 after that.

NO.3 TEXAS 63, NO.15 OKLA. 58: Nina Norman scored 17, hitting three free throws during the final 22 seconds, and the Longhorns extended the nation's longest home winning streak to 27. Heather Schreiber scored 11 for Texas (14-1, 2-0 Big 12). Maria Villarroel scored 18 and Leah Rush added 15 for the Sooners (11-2, 1-1).

NO.7 STANFORD 84, ARIZONA 62: Nicole Powell had 15 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, and the host Cardinal made 15 3-pointers. Krista Rappahahn hit 4 of 6 3s for 16 points. Powell, Sebnem Kimyacioglu and Kelley Suminski each had three 3s for Stanford (13-2, 6-0 Pac-10), which missed a team record by one 3-pointer. Dee-Dee Wheeler scored 19 for the cold-shooting Wildcats (12-4, 4-1) who went on a late 24-5 run.

NO.8 LA. TECH 81, FRESNO ST. 59: Trina Frierson scored 26 to lift Louisiana Tech (9-2, 2-1 WAC), which won its 88th consecutive conference home game and boosted its all-time record to 110-2. It also has 153 straight home wins against unranked opponents. Frierson hit 11 of 17 field goals and went 4-of-4 on free throws.

NO.11 KANSAS ST. 76, NO.14 COLO. 69: Kendra Wecker had 23 points and 11 rebounds and hit three key baskets down the stretch to lead the visiting Wildcats. Kansas State (11-2, 2-0 Big 12) got 19 points from Laurie Koehn and 17 and 10 rebounds from Nicole Ohlde, who sat out most of the first half with foul trouble. Tera Bjorklund had 22 points and eight rebounds for Colorado (12-2, 1-1).

NOTRE DAME 53, NO.16 VA. TECH 40: Jacqueline Batteast had 14 points and 11 rebounds, Teresa Borton added 14 points and the host Irish dominated inside. The Hokies (12-2, 1-2 Big East) shot 33.3 percent, their second-worst performance of the season, and lost consecutive games after opening with 12 straight wins. Notre Dame (8-6, 1-1) beat a ranked team for the first time since its season-opening victory over then-No.22 Auburn.

NO.24 MIAMI 70, NO.20 BC 66: Yalonda McCormick scored 14 of her 23 in the final six minutes to lead the visiting Hurricanes. Tamara James scored 11, and Shaquana Wilkins and Hutashi Wilson each had 10 each for Miami (13-1). Jessalyn Deveny led the Eagles (12-2) with 17 points. Amber Jacobs, Boston College's leading scorer, was held to two points on 1-for-10 shooting, and the Eagles committed a season-high 26 turnovers.

NO.24 BAYLOR 60, TEXAS A&M 57: Ebony Jackson made four free throws in the final 40 seconds and finished with 16 points, rallying the visiting Bears. Sophia Young scored all of her 10 and grabbed 11 of 13 rebounds in the second half as Baylor (13-2, 1-1 Big 12) rallied from a 16-point halftime deficit. Toccara Williams had 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Aggies (7-6, 0-2).

ECKERD 81, SAINT LEO 70: Qunisha Rush led five teammates who scored in double figures for the visiting Tritons (7-7, 2-1 SSC). Rush had 13. September Harrison of Tampa had 34 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals for the Lions (0-14, 0-3).

MERCER 66, UCF 60: Jo Jo Carter scored 16 and Jessica Miller added 14 for the visiting Bears. With 32 seconds left, Adrienne Billings pulled the Golden Knights within three, but Mercer made eight free throws down the stretch for the win. Celeste Hudson led UCF with a career-high 28 points.

[Last modified January 11, 2004, 01:33:09]

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