No. 2 Lady Vols rip No. 4 Lady Bulldogs
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Gwen Jackson and Semeka Randall each scored 20 points as second-ranked Tennessee overcame the loss of Tamika Catchings to beat No. 4 Georgia 85-69 on Thursday night.
Jackson also had 15 rebounds and Michelle Snow scored 15 points and Kara Lawson added 14 for the Lady Vols (17-1, 5-0 Southeastern Conference). Tennessee has won 30 straight in Thompson-Boling Arena since an overtime loss to Georgia in December 1996.
Tawana McDonald led the Lady Bulldogs (15-3, 3-1) with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Coco Miller added 18 points and Kelly Miller had 16.
The Lady Vols avenged last season’s 78-51 loss at Georgia, their worst SEC defeat ever, without Catchings, the All-America senior who tore a knee ligament Monday.
Tamika Williams had 16 points for UConn, and the Huskies (14-1) shot 59 percent in the second half to rebound from Monday’s loss to Notre Dame.
Sheanna Mosch inbounded the ball from in front of the Duke bench to a leaping Schweitzer at the basket. She took the pass and put the ball over the outstretched hands of defender Nanna Rivers.
Camille Cooper scored 11 points and Shalicia Hurns had 10 points and eight rebounds for Purdue. Julie Pagel led Michigan State with 10 points.
Tech, aided by 21 turnvoers by Western Kentucky, went to its reserves early en route to a 53-16 halftime lead and coasted to its 41st straight conference victory and 65th straight conference victory at home.
LSU shook off an early 18-point deficit, coming back to outscore the Wildcats 45-22 in the second half. It was the fifth-straight loss for Kentucky.
Marie Ferdinand led LSU with 22 points, Stacey Newton had 16, and April Brown added 15. Angelia Crockett had nine assists. LaTonya McDole led Kentucky with 16 points. Stephanie Stoglin added 12 and Shlia Helm had 10.
Vanderbilt led throughout, with Jenni Benningfield hitting three consecutive 3-pointers in the first two minutes to give the Commodores a 9-3 lead.
Batth hit two free throws to give Clemson a 61-59 lead with 4:08 to play. She made it 63-59 with a basket with 3:19 to play, then stole the ball on Georgia Tech’s next possession. Neisha Butler led the Yellow Jackets with 19 points.
Christon hit two 3 pointers as the Lady Razorbacks closed the first half with a 12-0 run to take a 30-16 lead.