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© St. Petersburg Times, published January 7, 2001


Unbeaten Irish rip Rutgers

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame clogged up the inside, and Rutgers couldn't hit shots from the outside.

The result was a 67-46 victory Saturday for the third-ranked and unbeaten Irish over No. 9 Rutgers.

"I think we played intimidated, and it looked like it," Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer said.

Notre Dame was in control from the start, using a 15-0 run to open a 20-4 lead. The Scarlet Knights never got closer than 12.

Rutgers entered with the nation's fifth-ranked scoring defense at 52.9 points a game, but the Irish defense was more impressive. The Scarlet Knights couldn't get the ball inside early against Notre Dame's 2-3 zone, and they missed consistently from outside.

Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said the Irish defense doesn't get the respect it deserves, but even she was surprised at how effective it was against the Scarlet Knights.

"Sometimes I look and say, 'We're just playing a 2-3 zone.' It's not really brain surgery and it's really not that hard to find the weaknesses in," she said.

It was for Rutgers.

Karlita Washington and Tash Pointer, who guided Rutgers to a Final Four appearance last season, struggled all game. Washington, Rutgers' leading scorer, went 2-of-13 from the field for six points. Pointer, the team's second-leading scorer, went 1-of-8 for two points.

"Rutgers is kind of a streaky shooting team and we didn't know what to expect," Irish guard Niele Ivey said. "I think our defensive perimeter took it away from them."

Rutgers scored its fewest points since losing to Connecticut 49-45 last season. Rutgers dropped to 1-3 on its five-game road trip and 0-4 against ranked teams.

"The fans were yelling, 'Overrated, overrated,' and they were right," Stringer said.

NO. 7 IOWA ST. 81, NO. 19 OKLAHOMA 79: Megan Taylor had 17 points, including the winning jumper at the buzzer for the visiting Cyclones. Taylor's shot in the lane rendered meaningless a late 20-0 run by the Sooners.

MISSOURI 68, NO. 12 TEXAS 52: Amanda Lassiter and Evan Unrau each recorded a double double as the host Tigers rallied from a 32-24 halftime deficit by holding the Longhorns to 27 percent shooting after the break.

NO. 15 SW MISSOURI ST. 86, ILLINOIS ST. 51: Jackie Stiles, the nation's leading scorer, had 39 points to lead the host Bears.

GW 88, NO. 22 XAVIER 74: Lindsey Davidson made 11 of 12 shots and scored a career-high 26 points as the host Colonials won their first game in five attempts against a ranked opponent.

State

CAMPBELL 68, JACKSONVILLE 54: Crystal Clarity had 13 points, 11 rebounds and a school record-tying 10 steals to lead the visiting Fighting Camels. Clary's triple double was Campbell's first since 1987 when Julie Skinner had 12 points, 11 assists and 10 steals against UNC-Charlotte.

UCF 76, FAU 69: Three players scored in double figures for the host Golden Knights, who finished the game with an 11-2 run after blowing a 14-point lead.

TAMPA 76, ECKERD 63: Chandra Holden had a career-high 19 points to lead the visiting Spartans.

LYNN 64, BARRY 57: Keri Rulison scored 26 points, and the Fighting Knights held the host Buccaneers to 19 percent shooting in the second half.

Today: USF vs. Cincinnati

WHEN/WHERE: 2; USF Sun Dome, Tampa.

TV/RADIO: Fox Sports Florida (tape-delayed at 7:30 p.m. Monday).

RECORDS: Cincinnati 11-2, 1-1 C-USA; South Florida 3-10, 0-2.

COACHES: Cincinnati -- Laurie Pirtle (193-219, 15th season; 276-235 overall). USF -- Jose Fernandez (first season).

KEY PLAYERS: UC -- Valerie King, G, 5-10 Fr. (13.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg); Tammy Douglass, C, 6-2 Jr. (10.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg); Laura Wilder, F, 6-1 Jr. (9.5 ppg, 8.1 rpg). USF -- Aiya Shepard, G, 5-7 So. (17.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg); Denetrice Stinson, F, 6-0 Jr. (14.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg); Shannon Layne, G, 5-8 Sr. (11.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg).

NOTES: South Florida is coming off another tough road loss at Louisville, while the Bearcats are fresh off an overtime conference win over Houston. ... Shepard entered last week as the sixth-leading scorer in C-USA. Stinson was eighth in rebounds. ... Douglass recorded her third career double double in a loss to Louisville last week that ended Cincinnati's eight-game winning streak. ... The Bulls continue to fall behind early, then have to fight their way back into games late. They trailed by 20 before losing to Louisville by five. -- Compiled by Antonya English.

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