Volunteers remain No. 1 with victory over No. 2 Connecticut


Tennessee's Nicky Anosike, center, reacts to hitting a shot while being fouled Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn. Anosike scored six points in the 89-80 win.

The Associated Press
Published: Sunday, January 8, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 8, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Free throws and Sidney Spencer helped keep top-ranked Tennessee undefeated with the Lady Vols' second straight win over Connecticut.
Spencer scored a career-high 21 points, and the Lady Vols (15-0) went 32-of-41 from the foul line on Saturday afternoon to beat the No. 7 Huskies 89-80.
"I enjoyed it. I wouldn't say that I was excited about our defense, but we found a way to reach down and win," Tennessee coach Pat Summitt said.
UConn (12-2) lost for the first time in Knoxville since 2001 and had not dropped back-to-back games to Tennessee since 1998 and 1999. The Lady Vols ended their six-game losing streak to the Huskies last year.
And there was a big crowd to watch. Attendance was announced as 24,653, the largest in Thompson-Boling Arena history.
"It was electrifying," Summitt said. "This is a rivalry that is special in women's basketball on the national scene."
UConn coach Geno Auriemma, who was booed by Lady Vols fans who don't like his brash attitude, said Tennessee's free throw shooting was hard to overcome. He also didn't like the way his guards played.
"We're the University of Connecticut, and when we tee it up, we expect to win," he said. "We're really, really disappointed in ourselves."
  • NO. 3 LSU 66, NO. 15 MINNESOTA 45: Seimone Augustus and Sylvia Fowles each scored 21 points, and Scholanda Hoston helped key a second-half burst of 15 straight points by host LSU (13-0).
    Hoston finished with 14 points. Natasha Williams led the Golden Gophers (9-3) with 15.
  • NO. 4 BAYLOR 61, NO. 23 TEXAS 48: Sophia Young scored 25 points, most of her baskets coming when host Baylor needed a spark, and the fourth-ranked Lady Bears beat No. 23 Texas to extend their homecourt winning streak to 23 games.
    Just three days after the defending national champions had their overall 30-game winning streak snapped at Missouri, the Lady Bears (11-1, 1-1 Big 12) trailed just twice. Young, who also had 15 rebounds, pushed Baylor back in front both times.
  • NO. 11 MICHIGAN STATE 73, NO. 8 RUTGERS 71:
    Lindsay Bowen scored 22 points to lead host Michigan State in the first matchup between the two nationally prominent teams.
    Rutgers' Essence Carson missed from near the foul line as time expired, extending Michigan State's school-record homecourt winning streak to 22 games.
  • SETON HALL 74, NO. 12 NOTRE DAME 61: Heta Korpivaara scored 13 of her 18 points in the second half, including six points during a decisive 17-6 run, to lead visiting Seton Hall to the upset.
    The loss was the third straight for the Irish (9-4, 0-2), their longest losing streak in eight years.
  • NO. 18 OKLAHOMA 84, COLORADO 61: Courtney Paris notched her NCAA-leading 12th double-double with 15 points and 17 rebounds, and Erin Higgins became host Oklahoma's all-time leading 3-point shooter as the No. 18 Sooners beat Colorado.
  • NO. 21 NEW MEXICO 73, COLORADO ST. 57:
    Abbie Letz scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead No. 21 New Mexico to a victory over host Colorado State in a Mountain West Conference game.
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