- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 3, 2009

From combined dispatches

No. 2 OKLAHOMA 80, No. 12 TENNESSEE 70: Pat Summitt’s 1,000th win will have to wait.

Courtney Paris‘ record 112-game double-double streak came to an end, but Whitney Hand matched her career high with 20 points to help the Sooners beat the Volunteers on Monday night in Oklahoma City for their 15th straight victory.

Summitt was denied in her first attempt at reaching the milestone. She will get another chance Thursday when the Lady Vols host Georgia.

Paris had nine points and 12 rebounds and got a standing ovation when she fouled out with 38.2 seconds left. She walked to the bench with both arms raised and wiped away tears as she waved to the crowd.

It was the end of a remarkable run that started more than 1,000 days ago in December of her freshman year. It was only the fourth time in Paris’ 121 career games that she failed to score at least 10 points and pull down at least 10 rebounds.

But her teammates had plenty of fight to get the win anyway - and, just as notably, to prevent Summitt from getting it.

In the 35th year of her storied stay at Tennessee, Summitt was trying to become the first major college coach to reach 1,000 victories. And there were times early when it looked like she would get there. But she was left glaring in silence at her team after calling a timeout after Hand’s steal and fast-break layup that closed an 11-2 Sooners run that put Oklahoma ahead 57-46 with 13:10 to play. When she finally broke her silence, her instructions came in brief bursts.

By then, her Lady Vols had already blown a 15-point lead and were threatening to get run out of the game entirely. She could only stem the tide for so long.

No. 4 DUKE 69, BOSTON COLLEGE 58: Chante Black scored 15 points as the Blue Devils beat the Eagles in Durham, N.C.

Carrem Gay added 14 points and Joy Cheek had 10 for the Blue Devils (18-2, 6-1 ACC), who rebounded from their first conference loss at Florida State on Thursday that snapped a 15-game winning streak.

Mickel Picco scored 18 points and Carolyn Swords added 12 for the Eagles (17-5, 5-2), who had their four-game winning streak broken.

Duke never trailed and held Boston College scoreless for more than five minutes in the first half. The Eagles cut a 37-21 halftime deficit down to six points late in the game but couldn’t get any closer.

No. 25 S. Dakota St. 83, IPFW 56: Jennifer Warkenthien had 26 points and nine rebounds as the Jackrabbits jumped out to a 12-0 lead and coasted to a win over the Mastodons in Brookings, S.D.


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