Huskers extend win streak to 53

Published: Monday, January 13, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 13, 2003 at 1:09 a.m.

STORRS, Conn. - Connecticut has a chance to make history in the upcoming week.

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Auburn's Nancy Derrick (12) attempts a shot against Tennessee's Ashley Robinson (55) during their game Sunday in Knoxville, Tenn. Tennessee's Gwen Jackson and Auburn's Mandisa Stevenson, left, look on. Tennessee won 81-72.

AP Photo/Wade Payne

Diana Taurasi scored 18 points and Barbara Turner added 16 to lead the third-ranked Huskies to a 69-57 win over Virginia Tech on Sunday, extending the nation's longest active winning streak to 53 games.

The Huskies (14-0, 2-0 Big East) need one more win to match Louisiana Tech's record of 54 straight wins, set from 1980-82. Coach Geno Auriemma's team has a chance to tie the mark Wednesday at Seton Hall. If the Huskies win there, they have a chance to break it at home Saturday against Georgetown.

  • NO. 2 LSU 71, MISSISSIPPI 54: Seimone Augustus scored 20 points and LSU shook off a slow start to match its best start ever, set in the 1996-97 season.

    Coach Sue Gunter, who has 665 victories overall, is now one win away from 400 at LSU.

  • NO. 5 TENNESSEE 81, AUBURN 72: Kara Lawson made six 3-pointers and scored 20 points to help host Tennessee rally from a poor start.

    Vols (11-3, 1-0) coach Pat Summitt got career win No. 799. On Tuesday against DePaul, she will try to join five men as the only college basketball coaches with 800 victories.

  • NO. 7 PURDUE 69, MICHIGAN 52: Lindsey Hicks scored 16 points and Shereka Wright had 15 to lead host Purdue (13-2, 2-1).

    The Boilermakers raised their 2002 Big Ten championship banner before the game.

  • NO. 9 MINNESOTA 94, IOWA 65: Lindsay Whalen scored 23 points and had 11 assists in host Minnesota's rout.

  • NO. 10 NORTH CAROLINA 74, FLORIDA STATE 53: Coretta Brown scored 28 points to lead visiting North Carolina. The victory extended North Carolina's (14-1, 4-0) winning streak to 11. FSU fell to 10-4, 2-1 in the ACC.

  • NO. 11 ARKANSAS 67, NO. 13 SOUTH CAROLINA 58:o Dana Cherry and Ruby Vaden each scored 14 points to lead the host Razorbacks (14-2, 1-0).

    Jocelyn Penn scored 19 points for the Gamecocks (13-2, 1-1).

  • NO. 14 MISSISSIPPI ST. 78, NO. 14 VANDERBILT 75: LaToya Thomas scored 28 points to lead the host Bulldogs. Mississippi State (12-3, 1-1) and Vanderbilt (10-4, 0-1) exchanged the lead 13 times.

  • NO. 17 PENN STATE 79, NORTHWESTERN 63: Kelly Mazzante scored 31 points to lead visiting Penn State. The Nittany Lions had only seven players available.

  • INDIANA 54, NO. 23 OHIO STATE 50: Jenny DeMuth scored 21 points and Indiana limited visiting Ohio State to nine points in the final nine minutes.

    The Hoosiers (9-4, 2-) fell behind 41-31 with 9:01 remaining but rallied

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