Friday, February 6, 2009

From combined dispatches


No. 12 TENNESSEE 73, GEORGIA 43: In this season of lowered expectations for the Volunteers, Pat Summitt still reached unprecedented heights: 1,000 victories.

Summitt became the first Division I basketball coach - man or woman - to win 1,000 career games Thursday night as Tennessee (17-4, 6-2 SEC) beat the Bulldogs (15-8, 5-3) in Knoxville, Tenn. It was the second chance in four days at giving Summitt her latest and one of her greatest milestones.

These baby Lady Vols, with seven freshmen on the roster, are nothing like the squads that brought Summitt her seventh and eighth national championships in the previous two seasons. This is an inexperienced group that had Summitt joking about whether they would even be up to the task of winning the 17 games she needed to reach 1,000 this season.

“It’s a hard number to even comprehend,” Summitt said.

“It’s a time to reflect on a number of things, the administration saying yes to women’s basketball and giving us an opportunity to play on the biggest stage in the women’s game. I appreciate that.”

No. 6 AUBURN 72, OLE MISS 65: DeWanna Bonner scored 23 points and Whitney Boddie had two free throws and a layup late, lifting the Tigers (22-1, 7-1 SEC) to a win over the Rebels (14-9, 3-5) in Auburn, Ala.

No. 11 FLORIDA 92, ALABAMA 71: Sha Brooks scored 29 points to lead the Gators (21-2, 7-1 SEC) to a win over the Crimson Tide (12-11, 0-8) in Tuscaloosa, Ala., sending Alabama to its 22nd straight conference loss.

No. 14 OHIO ST. 59, PURDUE 47: Jantel Lavender had 19 points and 13 rebounds, and the Buckeyes (19-3, 10-1 Big Ten) pulled away from a halftime deficit to beat the Boilermakers (15-8, 8-4) in Columbus, Ohio.

No. 15 FLORIDA ST. 64, BOSTON COLLEGE 53: Mara Freshour scored 19 points, Tanae Davis-Cain had 14 and the visiting Seminoles (19-5, 7-1 ACC) rebounded from a last-second loss earlier this week by beating the Eagles (17-6, 5-3).

No. 16 TEXAS 91, OKLAHOMA ST. 74: Brittainey Raven scored a career-high 26 points, freshman Ashleigh Fontenette added 16 and the Longhorns (16-5, 4-3 Big 12) hit a season-high 13 3-pointers in a rout of the Cowgirls (14-6, 3-4) in Stillwater, Okla.

MISSISSIPPI ST. 66, No. 20 VANDERBILT 61: Alexis Rack scored 14 points and Armelie Lumanu had 12 to lead the Bulldogs (17-6, 4-4 SEC) to a win over the Commodores (17-6, 6-2) in Starkville, Miss.


No. 4 DUKE 81, No. 17 VIRGINIA 67: Jasmine Thomas scored 22 points, and the Blue Devils (19-2, 7-1 ACC) used an 11-0 run to pull away in the second half for a victory against the Cavaliers (18-5, 4-5) in Charlottesville.

Lyndra Littles led Virginia with 29 points and Monica Wright added 21.

No. 8 N. CAROLINA 93, VIRGINIA TECH 77: Rashanda McCants scored 23 points to help the Tar Heels (20-3, 5-2 ACC) beat the Hokies (11-12, 1-7) in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Jessica Breland added 20 points for the Tar Heels, who have followed a three-game losing streak with three straight victories. North Carolina shot 57 percent and led by 16 points at halftime.

Lindsay Biggs scored 21 points for the Hokies, who never seriously threatened to pull the upset.


No. 9 XAVIER 83, TEMPLE 74: B.J. Raymond scored 23 points and led a 3-point barrage that swept the Musketeers (20-2, 8-0 A-10) to their 11th straight win, a victory over the Owls (12-9, 4-3) in Cincinnati that kept Xavier perfect atop the conference.

No. 11 BUTLER 66, DETROIT 61: Gordon Hayward scored 22 points, and the visiting Bulldogs (2-02, 11-1 Horizon) shook off their first conference loss of the season by beating the Titans (6-16, 1-11).

WISCONSIN 63, No. 23 ILLINOIS 50: Jason Bohannon was 6-for-7 from 3-point range, helping the Badgers (13-9, 4-6 Big Ten) snap a six-game losing streak with a victory over the Illini (18-5, 6-4) in Madison, Wis.

No. 25 UTAH STATE 78, NEW MEXICO ST. 59: Gary Wilkinson had a perfect shooting night and scored 18 points to lead Utah State (22-1, 10-0 WAC) over New Mexico State (11-12, 5-5) in Logan, Utah, extending the nation’s longest winning streak to 17 games.

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