Women: Liberty stuns second foe

Associated Press
Published March 23, 2005

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - As the final seconds wound down, the Rev. Jerry Falwell broke into a smile as Liberty fans around him yelled, "Sweet 16! Sweet 16!"

Katie Feenstra had 29 points and 13 rebounds, and Liberty weathered a 16-0 second-half run to beat DePaul 88-79 on Tuesday and join Texas A&M (in 1994) as the only 13 seeds to advance to the Sweet 16.

"They had determination," Liberty coach Carey Green said. "They were strong. They were courageous."

The Flames were 0-8 in the tournament before beating fourth-seeded Penn State 78-70 on Sunday. For an encore, they limiting the fifth seed and nation's highest-scoring team to 32 percent shooting.

Down 53-43, Jenni Dant had two 3-pointers and a three-point play during a 16-0 DePaul run that took only 1:45 thanks to five straight Liberty turnovers. But Daina Staugaitiene's runner in the lane sparked a 9-0 spurt that put Liberty ahead to stay. It became a 21-3 run that put the Flames up 74-62 with four minutes left.

After scoring 16 in less than two minutes, the Blue Demons were limited to one basket during the next eight.

"Every time you fight back, there's a tendency to relax," DePaul coach Doug Bruno said. "I really thought we had them on the ropes."

DUKE 70, BC 65: Alison Bales scored 10 of her 16 points down the stretch and blocked six shots for the Blue Devils in Chapel Hill, N.C.

In a two-minute span, Bales made a layup, free throw, jumper and inside basket to put Duke up 54-51. Another basket made it 61-51 with 2:17 left.

But the Eagles' Clare Droesch scored 10 of her 23 from there, including consecutive 3-pointers in 15 seconds to make it 68-65. Monique Currie sealed it, though, with two free throws with 3.6 seconds left.

LSU 76, ARIZONA 43: Temeka Johnson scored all of her 14 in the first half and had 10 assists for the Tigers in Knoxville, Tenn. Johnson had a perfect shooting night, going 4-of-4 from the field, including two 3-pointers, and 4-of-4 from the line. LSU scored the first 11 of the game and led by 20 with 7:22 left in the half.

Tempe Region

NORTH CAROLINA 71, GW 47: Nikita Bell had 16 points, nine rebounds and six steals for the host Tar Heels.

The Tar Heels forced 24 turnovers, had 15 steals, blocked 10 shots (six by 6-foot-3 freshman LaToya Pringle) and held the Colonials to 15-for-60 shooting. They shot 56 percent to take a 35-22 halftime lead and led by as many as 30.

Philadelphia Region

OHIO ST. 75, MARYLAND 65: Brandie Hoskins scored 22 to lead four players in double figures for the Buckeyes in College Park, Md. Jessica Davenport had 15 points and nine rebounds. Caity Matter scored 16 and Stephanie Blanton 12.

Up 58-53, a 9-3 run put the Buckeyes up 67-56 with just more than three minutes left. Matter scored seven during the run, capping it with a 3-pointer. The Terps made only four baskets during the final 9:42, two in the final 40 seconds.

RUTGERS 61, TEMPLE 54: Cappie Pondexter scored 25 in Storrs, Conn., as the Scarlet Knights ended the Owls' 25-game win streak. Temple's streak was the longest in the nation and included a 71-60 win over Rutgers on Dec.13, which Pondexter missed.

Up 30-24 at halftime, Rutgers held Temple to without a field goal for the first 6:34 of the second in building a 14-point lead.

Late Monday

VANDY 63, KANSAS ST. 60: Carla Thomas scored 18 and the Commodores held on late in a Kansas City Region game in Seattle. Vandy led 57-43 with seven minutes left, but a 13-2 run got the Wildcats to 59-56 on Laurie Koehn's 3-pointer with 1:23 left.

Thomas made it 61-56, but Brie Madden made two baskets for Kansas State, the second with five seconds left. But after a timeout, Vandy Ashley Earley broke free at midcourt and made a layup with 2.1 seconds left to seal it.

Koehn set an NCAA record with her 392nd 3-pointer, one more than BYU's Erin Thorn from 1999-2003.

STANFORD 88, UTAH 62: Brooke Smith scored 20 to lead five players in double figures for the Cardinal in a Kansas City Region game in Fresno, Calif. Sebnem Kimyacioglu scored 13, Azella Perryman and Kelley Suminski 12 and Susan King Borchardt 11 in Stanford's 22nd consecutive victory. Stanford led 37-24 at halftime on 53.8 percent shooting, and the Utes trailed by at least 11 from there.