WOMEN'S TOP 25 ROUNDUP

DePaul stops Southern Miss


Published: Saturday, January 24, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 23, 2004 at 11:12 p.m.

CHICAGO - Khara Smith scored 20 points and pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds to lead host No. 16 DePaul to a 93-72 victory over Southern Mississippi on Friday night in Conference USA action.

Three other Blue Demons (17-1, 5-0) reached double figures, led by Jenni Dant with 19, Charlene Smith with 17 and Jenna Rubino with 16.

Southern Mississippi (13-4, 1-3) hit 42.6 percent of their shots, compared to 40.7 percent for DePaul. But DePaul put up 25 more shots than Southern Mississippi and outrebounded the Golden Eagles 58-34.

DePaul led 41-32 at halftime and then outscored Southern Mississippi by eight points in the second half for the final margin.

Michelle Poindexter scored 21 points to lead Southern Mississippi. The only other Golden Eagles player to reach double figures was Lana Lewis, who had 15 points.

  • NO. 21 TCU 67, LOUISVILLE 42: Tiffany Evans scored 15 points, leading No. 21 Texas Christian to a win over Louisville.

    Tracy Winn and Sandora Irvin added 10 points apiece for the Frogs (14-3, 3-1 Conference USA).

    TCU had a season-low 11 turnovers, only one in the second half.

    Louisville (10-8, 2-3) shot just 25 percent during the first half and had no players score in double figures. Katie Olson and Jessica Huggins each scored nine points, and Olson grabbed 11 rebounds.

    TCU led 29-19 at halftime on its way to allowing a season-low 42 points.

  • TODAY'S MATCHUP: Duke struggled to deal with the pressure of hosting Connecticut in a matchup last season of the nation's best teams.

    The result was a loss by the top-ranked Blue Devils in front of the first sellout crowd in program history.

    The Blue Devils find themselves in a similar position today. No. 1 Duke faces No. 2 Tennessee before another packed house at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Coach Gail Goestenkors hopes for a better result this time, one that would further cement the Blue Devils' emergence as one of the superpowers of women's college basketball.

    ``Sometimes you have to go through the experience to learn your lesson,'' she said. ``Going into that experience, I could feel that we had a lot of hype and excitement.

    ``I don't think I realized until afterward, when it was too late, that it was having an adverse effect on us. I feel much more confident and comfortable in this situation, and I think my players do as well.''

    Duke (15-1) hasn't lost since falling 85-77 to Texas to open the season, and assumed the No. 1 ranking after beating Connecticut 68-67 on a last-second 3-pointer by Jessica Foley on Jan. 3. The win snapped the Huskies' 69-game home winning streak.

    Tennessee (15-1) has won eight straight games since absorbing a 70-60 loss last month to Texas.

    It is the second straight season that Duke and Tennessee have met ranked 1-2. Top-ranked Duke beat No. 2 Tennessee 76-55 in Raleigh in November 2002.

    Tennessee - a winner of six national championships - has played in 20 of 37 matchups between the top two teams in The Associated Press poll, going 9-11. They are 4-7 as No. 2, losing five straight.

    Duke is 1-1, beating the Vols and losing to the Huskies last season.

    But the Blue Devils are building tradition, riding a 49-game winning streak in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

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