Women’s Top 25
Nykesha Sales scored 22 points and Shea Ralph keyed a crucial first-half run as top-ranked Connecticut beat No. 8 Tennessee 72-57 Sunday in Hartford, Conn., in the most lopsided game between the teams.
Ralph scored the first eight of her 14 points in a 12-0 run that brought the Huskies (11-0) from behind and sent them on to their 24th straight regular-season win.
Carla Berube added 15 points for UConn before a nationally televised audience and a sellout crowd of 16,294, the largest to watch a women’s college game this season.
Chamique Holdsclaw scored 23 points for defending national champion Tennessee (10-5), which was limited to 23 percent shooting in the first half and finished 30 percent from the floor.
The Huskies won for the fourth time in five meetings between the two rivals. UConn’s only loss came during last year’s NCAA Final Four, when Tennessee won an overtime game in the semifinals.
The outcome was a departure from the previous matchups between the past two defending national champions. The biggest margin of victory had been UConn’s 77-66 win in January 1995.
(5) Georgia 62, (22) Penn State 56
At Athens, Ga., Kedra Holland-Corn, held scoreless during the first half, made a tie-breaking basket in the final minute and added two free throws as the Bulldogs beat the Nittany Lions after blowing a 15-point lead.
La’Keshia Frett scored 14 points and Penn State (7-5) had 17 turnovers as Georgia (10-2) built a 34-19 lead late in the first half.
But Angie Potthoff scored 16 of her 24 points in the second half and the Lady Lions tied the score 48-48 with 6:44 to play on Potthoff’s turnaround jumper.
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