Compiled from Times wires
© St. Petersburg Times, published November 26, 2000
Tennessee dunks slow-starting Illini
LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Michelle Snow upstaged one of the best starts to a game a team has ever had.
No. 2 Tennessee opened its game against No. 21 Illinois on Saturday with a 25-3 run in which it made all nine shots it took.
Snow capped the first half in a way most female players have only dreamed of -- she dunked.
Tennessee went on to a 111-62 victory in the championship game of the inaugural Maui Invitational. The Volunteers' start, in which they scored on 11 of their first 12 possessions, became an afterthought after Snow's breakaway dunk with 10 seconds left made it 61-25.
The 6-foot-5 junior center stole the ball near the top of the key, went in alone and dunked, even hanging on the rim for an extra second or two enjoying the view in the fifth dunk in a game in the history of women's college basketball.
"I did grab the rim because the last time they said I didn't grab the rim so it didn't count," Snow said, referring a near-dunk against Texas Tech late last season. "I said, "The next time I do it there would be no question.' "
Snow joins Georgeann Wells of West Virginia, who dunked twice in the 1984-85 season, and Charlotte Smith and Sylvia Crawley of North Carolina, who dunked in the mid-'90s.
Tamika Catchings, despite playing with five stitches in her left, non-shooting hand after being cut in the opening round, had 21 points on 8-for-9 shooting for the Vols and was the unanimous choice as tournament MVP.
NO. 4 PURDUE 86, MONTANA ST. 61: Katie Douglas scored 18 and led four players in double figures as the Boilermakers won at the Cancun Basketball Tournament in Mexico. Purdue meets South Carolina today.
NO. 23 XAVIER 84, LOYOLA MARYMOUNT 68: Taru Tuukkanen scored 19 and three teammates scored in double figures in the title game of the Loyola Marymount Thanksgiving Classic in Los Angeles.
NO. 3 DUKE 97, DUQUESNE 66: Freshman Rometra Craig scored 17 points in the semifinals of the Duke Classic. Georgia Schweitzer had 14 points and Missy West added 11 for Duke. Oxana Sketko led Duquesne with 14 points on 6-for-8 shooting. Khalihah Este-Shehu added 11 points. Duke plays Toledo in the championship game today. Radford faces Duquesne in the consolation game.
NO. 7 RUTGERS 54, VERMONT 29: A stifling defense by host Rutgers held Vermont to a school-record low 29 points in the Coca-Cola Classic. Rutgers plays George Washington in today's championship game. Karlita Washington scored 12 points in her return from a one-game suspension for an NCAA violation and Tammy Sutton-Brown had 11.
NO. 9 PENN ST. 86, NO. 10 LSU 52: Kelly Mazzante scored 24 points in the third-place game of the Paradise Jam Classic in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Mazzante was 9-of-13 from the field, including 4-for-5 from three-point range, as Penn State rebounded from a loss to Texas Tech.
NO. 16 VIRGINIA 67, LOYOLA-MD. 46: Schuye LaRue scored 20 of her game-high 26 in the first half and added a game-high 11 rebounds for the visiting Cavaliers. LaRue took command from the start, scoring the first eight points. She made 9-of-12 from the field in the first half, and her layup with 30 seconds left gave the Cavs a 35-17 halftime lead.
NO. 20 AUBURN 94, BOWLING GREEN 61: Carol Smith and Tasha Hamilton each scored 16 to lead the Tigers at home in the Kroger Thanksgiving Classic final. Brandi Hillman added 14 points and eight rebounds, and Lori Nero had 10 points for Auburn. Francine Miller and Megan Jerome led Bowling Green with 18.
FLORIDA 87, MAINE 41: Brandi McCain, who was named Dead River Company Classic MVP, had 27 points, 4 assists and 6 steals to lead the Gators to the title in Orono, Maine. The Black Bears were held to 28.3 percent shooting and committed 26 turnovers. Monique Cardenas, Naomi Mobley and Tombi Bell were named to the all-tournament team.
FSU 85, CHICAGO STATE 45: Katelyn Vujas led six Seminoles in double figures as Florida State opened Tallahassee's Seminole Classic with a win. Vujas 14 points helped push FSU into the title game today against Virginia Tech, a 50-36 winner against Michigan State.
TAMPA 76, BENEDICT 67: Sophomore Jessie McDowell had 15 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks to lead the Spartans. Tampa had four players in double digits. April Hinton, in her first start of the season, added 11 points and 13 rebounds, and Andrea Nordholt scored 13.
SAINT LEO 66, SPRING HILL 54: Tenley Schofield scored 18 to lead the host Monarchs. Saint Leo hit back-to-back three-pointers to open the game and never trailed.
ARMY 63, JACKSONVILLE 57: Junior forward Angela Walker and sophomore guard Lexie Richards each scored 11 in a losing effort. Richards hit 3-of-6 from three-point range. Sophomore Kat Sungy had a game-high 13 rebounds, but the Dolphins were doomed by poor shooting.