No. 1 Vols command first half for win
Published: Sunday, January 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Alexis Hornbuckle had 15 points and eight rebounds to help top-ranked Tennessee hold off No. 12 Notre Dame 62-51 on Saturday.
Megan Duffy led Notre Dame (9-2) with 19 points, including eight points in the last 4 minutes.
Tennessee (12-0) led 47-25 with 13:09 left, but the Irish went on a 16-4 run to cut the lead to 51-41 with 6:16 remaining. Duffy's basket trimmed the deficit to 57-51 with 2 minutes left before Tennessee made 5-of-8 free throws.
Nicky Anosike added nine points and freshman Candace Parker had eight points and 11 rebounds for the Lady Vols.
Tennessee forced 15 first-half turnovers to take a 29-14 lead. Playing before the third sellout crowd in history, the Irish barely avoided their lowest-scoring half thanks to Courtney LaVere's 3-pointer with 1:09 left before the break. Notre Dame's all-time low of 12 was set in 1981.
Ivory Latta had 14 points in 16 minutes to lead host North Carolina in the rout.
North Carolina (13-0) made 9-of-20 3-pointers and won its 26th straight in Chapel Hill. Heather Claytor added 12 points on four 3-pointers and LaToya Pringle had 11 points
Erica Irick led College of Charleston (3-6) with 12 points.
The Tar Heels jumped to an 18-2 lead after College of Charleston turned over six of its first eight possessions.
Ann Strother scored 21 points and Barbara Turner had 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead host Connecticut to its fifth straight win.
Strother had five of UConn's season-high 12 3-pointers to move to 18th on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,386 points. Turner picked up her fourth double-double of the season and helped invigorate a sluggish inside game for UConn (11-1).
Mel Thomas made three 3-pointers and finished with 16 points. She and Strother combined for four 3s in a 17-0 run midway through the second half.
Cara Enright led the Black Knights (5-7) with 17 points and Alex McGuire added 10.
Briann January scored 12 points in a reserve role to lead host Arizona State to its ninth straight win.
The winning streak is the longest for Arizona State (12-1, 3-0 Pac-10) in 10 years under coach Charlie Turner Thorne.
Keisha Moore had 20 points and eight rebounds for the Cougars (6-6, 0-4), who have lost five in a row.
Arizona State held Katie Appleton, the Cougars' top scorer, to five points on 1-for-4 shooting. Emily Westerberg, Aubree Johnson and Kirsten Thompson each scored nine points for the Sun Devils.
Brooke Queenan had 23 points and Kindyll Dorsey scored 10 of her 16 points in a 15-2 game-opening run to lead Boston College at home.
Queenan had 10 rebounds and Sarah Marshall had nine assists for the Eagles (12-2), who gave coach Cathy Inglese her 350th career win.
Meghan Curtin had 16 second-half points and Megan Ballard finished with 11 points for Colgate (2-9).
The Eagles made eight of their first 11 shots and pushed the lead to 28-4 on Queenan's basket. BC led 41-17 at halftime after holding Colgate to 21 percent shooting.
No. 24 Boston College 73, Colgate 54 MORE
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