No. 2 Volunteers hold on to edge No. 1 Blue Devils
By Wire services
Published January 25, 2004
DURHAM, N.C. - Tennessee finally found a way to beat a top-ranked team.
Coach Pat Summitt won in her first trip to Cameron Indoor Stadium, leading the second-ranked Vols past No. 1 Duke 72-69 on Saturday.
Shyra Ely and Shanna Zolman scored 15 for Tennessee in its ninth consecutive victory. Alana Beard and Monique Currie scored 18 for the Blue Devils, who had won 15 in a row.
The Vols had not fared well in No. 1 vs. No. 2 games. They had lost five in a row as the second-ranked team. The victory likely will put Tennessee atop the poll Monday for the first time since the week of Feb. 25, 2001.
Loree Moore's 3-pointer with 4:06 left gave Tennessee a 60-51 lead. But the Blue Devils got within 68-66 on a spinning layup by Beard with 23.9 seconds left. Zolman and Brittany Jackson then combined to make 4 of 4 free throws during the final 13.5 seconds to seal it.
"We talked at halftime that we had to be much more aggressive offensively and get the ball inside ... either by getting it to the post players or taking it off the dribble," Summitt said. "I thought we managed to do both."
Texas Tech upset in 2OTs
STILLWATER, Okla. - Nicole Campbell's jumper from just inside the 3-point line with 25.6 seconds left capped a rally from four down in the second overtime in Oklahoma State's 88-87 victory over No. 3 Texas Tech.
Oklahoma State, which lost to Texas Tech 106-43 on Jan. 10, rallied from eight down during the final 12 minutes of regulation. It led by four with 30 seconds left in the first overtime before Texas Tech tied it at 81.
NO. 5 UCONN 71, SETON HALL 63: Barbara Turner's three-point play with 1:05 left helped the Huskies avoid consecutive road losses for the first time in 11 years. Diana Taurasi scored six of her 11 during the final 6:22 for the Huskies, who lost at Notre Dame on Jan. 13.
Seton Hall rallied from a 12-point second-half deficit and cut it to 60-59 on Keri Shutz's two free throws with 3:18 left. But Taurasi made two free throws, and Turner added a free throw before putting in the rebound of Taurasi's miss and making the free throw.
NEBRASKA 81, NO. 9 K-STATE 63: Margaret Richards scored 21 as the host Cornhuskers beat Kansas State, the highest-ranked opponent in school history. Nebraska built on a 34-31 lead with an 8-2 run to start the second half. After Kendra Wecker's free throw and Laurie Koehn's 3-pointer, Kiera Hardy scored nine of her 11 during a 15-4 spurt that made it 59-41 with 12 minutes left.
NO. 11 LA. TECH 88, SMU 52: Erica Smith-Taylor made 5 of 6 3-pointers and scored 18 for the host Techsters, who won their 154th consecutive game against unranked opponents.
NO. 19 BAYLOR 74, NO. 15 OU 67: Chameka Scott made two off-balance jumpers during the final two minutes for the visiting Bears. Baylor, which trailed Oklahoma by as many as 13 during the first half, rallied behind Jessika Stratton going 4-of-5 on 3-pointers. Emily Niemann made the go-ahead 3-pointer that sparked a late 7-0 run.
NOTRE DAME 38, NO. 23 VILLANOVA 36: Jackie Batteast made two free throws with 17.5 seconds left for the host Irish. Batteast, who sprained her shooting hand Friday, made just 2 of 14 field goals but all 10 of her free throws. Notre Dame led by six with 8:29 left but went scoreless for more than four minutes. A free throw by Liad Suez with 3:14 left gave the Wildcats a 36-33 lead. But Megan Duffy, who had made just one of her previous 14 3-pointers, tied it with one with 2:02 left.
VIRGINIA TECH 80, NO. 24 BC 64: Ieva Kublina scored 17, including 10 during an 18-3 run early in the second half, for the host Hokies. The Eagles trailed by as many as 18 and did not get closer than seven after the Hokies' big run.
TAMPA 74, LYNN 60: The host Spartans led 45-22 at halftime and cruised behind Yushanda Morse's 22 points and nine rebounds.