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Defense Keys Georgia’s Easy Win Over Auburn

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La’Keshia Frett scored 18 points and No. 5 Georgia beat No. 18 Auburn 82-55 Saturday in Athens, Ga. Leading 36-28, Georgia (11-2, 2-0 SEC) scored the first 19 points of the second half, holding Auburn (10-4, 0-3) scoreless for more than 7 minutes.

Tracy Henderson added 15 and Pam Irwin had 12, all on 3-pointers. Kedra Holland-Corn had 11 points and four steals for the Bulldogs (11-2, 2-0 southeastern Conference.)

Auburn led early by 12-4 and 19-14, but Irwin tied it at 19 with one of her 3-pointers with 8:03 left in the first half.

New Orleans 66, (4) La. Tech 63

In New Orleans, Sue Syljebeck scored 21 points and blocked a shot in the final 6 seconds to preserve New Orleans’ upset.

New Orleans (6-6, 2-0 Sun Belt Conference), earned its first home victory against the Techsters (14-2, 2-1), and the Privateers’ second victory in 31 meetings betwee the two schools.

The victory also was UNO’s first against a ranked team since a 74-71 home decision against Florida on Feb. 13, 1995.

The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for Louisiana Tech, whose only previous loss was to DePaul, 70-67, on Dec. 14.

Tech had a chance to tie the score in the final 6 seconds, but Syljebeck blocked Monica Maxwell’s 3-point attempt, and UNO controlled the rebound before time expired.

(13) Virginia 64, (11) N. C. State 62

At Raleigh, N.C., Mimi McKinney drove the length of the floor for a layup with 3.5 seconds left, giving the Cavaliers its only lead of the game and a win over the Wolfpack .

McKinney’s layup with 23 seconds left - her first points - had tied it 62-62.

Virginia (11-3, 4-1 ACC) scored the game’s final 11 points over the last 2:55 to extend its winning streak to 14 straight over the Wolfpack (11-5, 1-3), includng eight straight in Raleigh.

The victory was the 450th for Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan.

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