Compiled from Times wires
© St. Petersburg Times, published February 18, 2001
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Scratch the last unbeaten team in Division I, and put Rutgers back among the teams with a chance to go all the way.
Tammy Sutton-Brown converted a three-point play with 28.1 seconds left and blocked a last-second shot as No. 11 Rutgers beat No. 1 Notre Dame 54-53 on Saturday night.
"Notre Dame is a great team, they are still No. 1," coach C. Vivian Stringer said after her Scarlet Knights beat a ranked team for the first time in six games this season. "We were just very lucky and we are very happy."
Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw saw nothing positive in a loss before the post-season tournaments.
"There was absolutely no burden at all," McGraw said. "We wanted to go through the whole year undefeated. Everyone kept telling me a loss would be good for us. I don't see it that way. I think this was a great opportunity for us to get a big win on the road and we missed our opportunities at the end."
Notre Dame had a chance to win after Sutton-Brown's layup and free throw, which came on a foul that sent Irish center Ruth Riley to the bench with five.
The Scarlet Knights made the Irish work almost 15 seconds to get the ball up court, and Niele Ivey didn't have an open lane when she drove to the basket.
Sutton-Brown stepped up and easily swatted the point guard's shot, catching the ball with less than two seconds left.
The clock ran out and fans ran on the court to congratulate the Rutgers players, who a couple of days earlier had been embarrassed by No. 3 Connecticut 70-45.
Sutton-Brown led the Knights with 12 points and Dana Boonen, who started in place of Sutton-Brown at center, had a career-high 10.
Kelley Siemon had 19 points and a career-high 15 rebounds for the Irish. Riley, who was limited to 25 minutes by foul trouble, had 12 points. Ericka Haney also had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Notre Dame, which trailed at halftime for the first time this season, faced a 45-39 deficit with 8:25 to play.
The Irish rallied and took a 52-51 lead with 1:26 to play when Alicia Ratay hit an off-balance three-pointer.
Riley, who had eight of her 12 points in the closing minutes, blocked a shot by Davalyn Cunningham and was fouled with one minute left.
Riley missed both free throws, but Haney got the rebound. The Irish milked the clock, and Riley founded Siemon cutting down the middle. Siemon was fouled on the play.
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NO. 10 OU 80, NO. 14 TEXAS TECH 75: Stacey Dales had 22 points and Caton Hill 16 as the Sooners beat the Raiders in Lubbock for the first time.
NO. 16 UTAH 67, COLO. ST. 59: Kristina Andersen had 17 points and Lauren Beckman 16 for the visiting Utes.
NO. 19 COLORADO 67, TEXAS A&M 54: Tera Bjorklund had 25 points and eight rebounds for the visiting Buffaloes.
OREGON 64, NO. 23 WASHINGTON 60 (OT): Lindsey Dion's short jumper with 48 seconds left in overtime helped the host Ducks snap a five-game losing streak.
NO. 24 ARIZ. ST. 78, UCLA 60: Melody Johnson matched her career high with 23 points on 10-of-10 shooting for the host Sun Devils.
MIAMI 96, PITT 69: Amanda Papuga came off the bench to lead the host Hurricanes with 16 points and seven assists. Miami opened with a 6-0 run and never trailed.
ROLLINS 81, TAMPA 68: Jill Razor had 19 points and broke the school career scoring record as the host Tars clinched the Sunshine State Conference title.
FLA. SOUTHERN 70, ECKERD 64: Alicia Evans had 16 points to lead the visiting Mocs.
JU 60, SAMFORD 54: The host Dolphins held the Bulldogs to 30.2 percent shooting en route to their third straight win.
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