Originally created 02/05/01

College roundup



STARKVILLE, Miss. - Kelly Miller scored 31 points as No. 5 Georgia overcame a nine-point halftime deficit to defeat Mississippi State 78-74 Sunday.

Coco Miller had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Christi Thomas added 17 points for the Lady Bulldogs (19-4, 7-2 Southeastern Conference).

LaToya Thomas led Mississippi State (10-11, 1-9) with 23 points. The Lady Bulldogs, who started the season ranked and expected to contend for an SEC title, have lost seven straight games.

Jennifer Fambrough scored 16 points for Mississippi State.

Georgia began the second half with an 11-0 run to gain its first lead of the game, 44-42 with 16 minutes remaining.

Mississippi State took a 60-59 lead on Thomas' free throws with 9 minutes left.

But Thomas fouled out with just under four minutes left and Georgia took control, scoring seven straight points to take a 75-67 lead.

Both teams finished the game shooting 48 percent from the field, but Mississippi State dropped off dramatically in the second half, from 62 percent to 34 percent.

STORRS, Conn. - Shea Ralph didn't miss a shot, and No. 2 Connecticut didn't miss a beat without injured star Svetlana Abrosimova.

The Huskies, coming off a loss to Tennessee, scored the first 11 points and cruised to a 75-39 win over Villanova on Sunday.

Ralph had 14 points and hit all five of her field-goal attempts, including three from behind the arc, to snap a mini scoring slump. Last year's Final Four MVP was averaging just under four points a game in the last four games.

Abrosimova is out at least two weeks with a sprained left foot. She was injured in Thursday's loss to Tennessee. Abrosimova was leading the Huskies with 14 points a game and 54 steals.

Sophomore Kennitra Johnson made her first start for the Huskies (18-2, 8-1 Big East) and finished with 13 points and three of UConn's seven steals.

Courtney Mix led the Wildcats (15-6, 6-4) with 13 points and seven rebounds.

No. 3 Tennessee 97, Alabama 75

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Kara Lawson had 17 points and eight assists as No. 3 Tennessee shot 53 percent in its 12th straight victory.

The Lady Vols (23-1, 9-0 Southeastern) had six players score in double figures. Tennessee avoided a letdown after beating No. 3 Connecticut on Thursday night, avenging its only loss of the season.

The Crimson Tide (16-6, 4-5) cut the lead to 87-75 with 2:16 left on two free throws by Lanisha Cartwell, who scored all 19 of her points in the second half.

Tasha Butts finished with 16 points for the Lady Vols. Gwen Jackson and April McDivitt had 11 points apiece and Ashley Robinson and Semeka Randall scored 10 each. Beth Vice had 14 points for Alabama, hitting 4-of-6 3-pointers.

No. 6 Purdue 73, Michigan 64

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Shereka Wright scored a career-high 25 points in place of an injured Katie Douglas, and Camille Cooper added 24 as Purdue rallied for its 13th straight victory.

Wright made her first career start as Douglas, Purdue's leading scorer, sat out with a high ankle sprain suffered in Thursday's win over Illinois, and she carried the Boilermakers down the stretch, scoring 13 points in the final 10 minutes.

Purdue (21-3, 11-0 Big Ten) trailed 50-47 with 10:10 left, but went on a 12-2 run. Eleven of the points were scored by Wright and Cooper. Alayne Ingram led the Wolverines (14-8, 7-5) with 20 points.

No. 8 Iowa St. 92, Nebraska 70

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Angie Welle had 19 of her 23 points in the second half, and pulled down nine rebounds for hot-shooting Iowa State.

Tracy Gahan and Megan Taylor added 19 points apiece for the Cyclones, who swept the regular-season series for the second straight year.

Iowa State was 30-for-60 and hit 14 3-pointers, just four short of the school record. Both Lindsey Wilson and Taylor hit five from beyond the arc for the Cyclones (18-2, 8-1). Wilson finished with 17 points.

Nebraska (10-12, 2-7) was led by Paige Sutton with 15 points.

Auburn 65, No. 11 LSU 62

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Lori Nero had 20 points and seven rebounds as Auburn outmuscled and upset LSU.

Auburn (15-9, 3-7 Southeastern Conference) hit 40 percent of its 3-point shots, and sealed the victory with 77-percent free-throw shooting.

LSU (15-6, 5-3) trailed 62-55 with 2:24 remaining, but Roneeka Hodges' 3-point basket cut Auburn's lead 62-58 with 2:13 left. April Brown pulled LSU within 62-60 with 1:21 to go, but with 27 seconds left tried to force a pass under the basket and lost the ball.

That forced LSU to foul. Auburn, which made 17 of 22 free throws, made three of six down the stretch. Kisha James' 30-foot shot to tie the game was short.

Auburn's size gave LSU problems, and LSU was outrebounded 36-30. Marie Ferdinand led LSU with 22 points and nine rebounds.

No. 14 Rutgers 69, Pittsburgh 61

PITTSBURGH -- Karlita Washington scored 23 points, and Rutgers held off a late rally to beat poor-shooting Pittsburgh.

The Scarlet Knights (15-5, 7-2 Big East) led 66-42 with 4:15 left before the Panthers (9-12, 3-7) went on a 19-3 run for the rest of the game. Pittsburgh's Laine Selwyn had seven points during the run and finished with 15 and a career-high nine assists.

Davalyn Cunningham had 14 points for Rutgers, and Big East assists leader Tasha Pointer had nine assists. Washington, whose 23 points were twice her average this season, made nine of 16 shots and five of six free throws.

Pittsburgh made just 17 of 54 shots and four of 24 3-pointers.

North Carolina St. 56, No. 17 Clemson 50

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Tynesha Lewis hit a 15-foot jumper to give North Carolina State its first lead with 33 seconds to go, keying the Wolfpack's 16-0 closing run that stunned No. 17 Clemson 56-50 Sunday.

The Wolfpack (14-8, 5-6) looked as finished as they could be, trailing 50-40 after Chrissy Floyd's two foul shots with 5:17 left. But clutch free throws and poor shooting by Clemson (15-7, 6-5) kept them in it.

Reserves Christien Greene and Amy Simpson hit two foul shots each, then Simpson drove for a basket, Monica Bates, who had 15 points, made a follow shot and Adeola Olanrewaju tied the game at 50.

After Clemson missed three scoring attempts, including drives by Krystal Scott and Marci Glenney, Lewis dribbled into the lane and scored the go-ahead basket. Floyd led Clemson with 18 points.

No. 15 Xavier 86, George Washington 84 OT

CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Jennifer Phillips scored seven of her 11 points in overtime, including a layup with 44 seconds left that gave Xavier the lead for good.

Phillips hit two free throws to tie the game at 81 with 1:23 left. After Corrin Reid made a free throw that put the Colonials ahead with 1:01 left, Phillips gave Xavier (19-2, 9-1 Atlantic 10) an 83-82 lead.

The Colonials (16-7, 10-1) jumped out to a quick start, building a 21-8 lead with 8:40 left in the first half. Xavier cut the lead to three by halftime as Taru Tuukkanen scored seven of her 28 points during a 9-3 run.

Erica Lawrence led George Washington with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Levandusky finished with 18 points and eight rebounds for Xavier.