- The Washington Times - Monday, January 12, 2009

From combined dispatches

No. 2 North Carolina 75, N.C. State 66 (OT): Rashanda McCants scored 16 points, and the Tar Heels dominated overtime to beat the Wolfpack and give coach Sylvia Hatchell her 800th career victory on Sunday in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Hatchell became the fourth coach to reach 800 wins, joining Pat Summitt, Jody Conradt and C. Vivian Stringer. Hatchell improved to 800-274 in 34 seasons, with 528 of those victories coming in 23 seasons in Chapel Hill.

Bonae Holston scored 19 points to lead N.C. State (8-8, 0-1 ACC), which was playing its first game since Hall of Fame coach Kay Yow announced she would not return to the team as she continues her long fight against cancer.

Cetera DeGraffenreid also had 16 points for the Tar Heels (16-0, 2-0), who struggled all day with the Wolfpack before scoring on four straight possessions to open the extra period and finally get some breathing room. North Carolina won despite shooting 36 percent, including 2-for-23 from 3-point range.

Yow said earlier this week she would not return to the team after missing the past four games because of an extremely low energy level. The 66-year-old Hall of Famer was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987. The disease recurred in the 2004-05 season, forcing her to miss two games that year and 16 more two seasons ago.

Regardless, her presence was still felt here. Before the game, fans applauded in support of Yow, while one fan carried a sign that read, “Pull’n 4 the Heels, pray’n for Kay.”

By the end of the day, however, the focus was back on Hatchell.

After the win, athletic director Dick Baddour and chancellor Holden Thorp presented Hatchell with a jersey bearing the No. 800. Then came a video montage of highlights and well-wishers, including Summitt, former North Carolina All-American Ivory Latta and men’s coach Roy Williams.

No. 24 Vanderbilt 74, No. 7 Tennessee 58: Jessica Mooney led five Commodores in double figures with 15 points, and Vanderbilt beat the Volunteers in Nashville, Tenn.

Tennessee (12-3, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) has dominated this series between schools separated by 190 miles along Interstate 40, winning the last 16 and 52 of the first 58 by the Lady Vols’ count. This loss keeps coach Pat Summitt stuck on 995 wins as she closes in on 1,000 for her career.

No. 9 Auburn 81, No. 18 Florida 65: DeWanna Bonner scored 29 points, leading the Tigers to a victory over the Gators in Auburn, Ala.

Sherell Hobbs had 23 points and Whitney Boddie added 14 for the Tigers (17-0, 2-0 SEC), who beat a ranked opponent for the second time this season.

No. 10 Louisville 64, No. 17 Rutgers 59: Angel McCoughtry scored 31 points - including four free throws in the final 20 seconds - as the Cardinals held off the struggling Scarlet Knights in Louisville, Ky.

The Cardinals (16-1, 3-0 Big East) won their 11th straight behind their All-American forward and a suffocating defense that held the Scarlet Knights (8-5, 0-2) to 36 percent shooting and forced 21 turnovers.

No. 13 California 62, Washington 34: Ashley Walker scored 14 of her 20 points in the first half and pulled down 10 rebounds and the Golden Bears won their fifth straight game with a lackluster victory over the Huskies in Berkeley, Calif.

Devanei Hampton added 10 points and eight rebounds, and Lauren Greif grabbed eight boards for the Golden Bears (13-2, 4-0 Pac-10), who were far from sharp in shooting just 41 percent and committing 21 turnovers.

No. 25 Marist 86, Loyola 44: Rachele Fitz scored 27 points, and Julianne Viani added 15 to help the Red Foxes beat the Greyhounds in Baltimore for their 12th consecutive victory.

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