No. 8 Tennessee rallies from school-record deficit to top No. 15 Rutgers, 55-51

Top 25 Women

January 04, 2009|By From Sun news services

Shekinna Stricklen scored 16 points and No. 8 Tennessee rallied from the biggest deficit in school history to beat No. 15 Rutgers, 55-51, yesterday.

The visiting Lady Vols trailed 33-13 at the break, scoring the fewest points in a half, then regrouped to give coach Pat Summitt her 994th career win.

The loss ended a 20-game home winning streak for the Scarlet Knights (8-3), who were led by Epiphanny Prince with 25 points.

No. 1 Connecticut 76, LSU 63: : Renee Montgomery scored 21 points and the host Huskies (13-0) beat the Lady Tigers (6-5) in a matchup of teams that made the Final Four last season.

No. 3 Texas A&M 78, George Washington 59: : Takia Starks led the Aggies (12-0) with 22 points, and Danielle Gant added 17 points and 10 rebounds in a win over the visiting Colonials (7-6). Tanisha Smith had 16 points for the Aggies.

No. 4 Texas 82, Lamar 45:: Brittainey Raven scored 17 points to lead four teammates in double figures, and the Longhorns (12-1) cruised past the visiting Cardinals (8-4).

No. 7 Baylor 95, Texas State 55: : Danielle Wilson had 26 points, seven rebounds and four blocks to help the visiting Lady Bears (12-1) cruise past the Bobcats (6-6).

No. 10 Louisville 78, DePaul 60: : Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) scored 25 points to lead the Cardinals (14-1, 1-0) to victory over the visiting Blue Demons (12-3, 0-1) in the Big East opener for both teams.

No. 12 Notre Dame 66, Seton Hall 60:: Ashley Barlow scored 14 points, including a clutch jumper with 90 seconds left, leading the visiting Fighting Irish (12-1, 1-0 Big East) over the Pirates (11-2, 0-1) in the league opener for both schools.

No. 18 Florida 74, Ohio 56: : Jennifer Mossor scored 19 points and the Gators (14-1) broke open a tight game with a 9-0 spurt in the second half to beat the Bobcats (4-8). Steffi Sorensen had 14 points, Sha Brooks added 13 points and seven assists, and Sharielle Smith had 12 points and a career-high 10 rebounds for the Gators.

Iowa State 55, No. 20 Vanderbilt 51:: Alison Lacey scored 20 points, Heather Ezell added 18 and the host Cyclones (11-2) survived a long first-half scoring drought to beat the Commodores (11-4).

No. 21 Oklahoma State 85, Texas Pan-American 36: : The Cowgirls (10-2) extended their home winning streak to 31 against nonconference opponents by beating the visiting Lady Broncos (8-8). The Cowgirls outscored UTPA 41-14 in the second half and cruised to a sixth straight win.

No. 22 Kansas State 81, Central Arkansas 38:: Ashley Sweat scored 15 points and the host Wildcats (13-0) upended the Bears (4-9). Marlies Gipson added 14 points for the Wildcats (13-0).

No. 24 South Dakota State 71, Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne 48: : Jennifer Warkenthien scored 18 points to lead four teammates in double figures, and the visiting Jackrabbits (14-1) defeated the Mastodons (2-10) to remain unbeaten in the Summit League.

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