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No. 17 Texas takes 83-52 win over Southwest Texas

December 5, 2001

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— Connecticut's depth and defense quickly turned its Big East opener against St. John's into an 88-28 rout Tuesday night.

The Huskies (8-0, 1-0 Big East) dominated wire-to-wire, jumping to a 44-9 halftime lead and holding St. John's to the fewest points in school history.

"It's very hard to play in these kinds of game. You feel for the coaching staff on St. John's and you feel for the players," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "They have to come in here and play in this environment against our team. It's just not fair."

But it is the Big East Conference where UConn has dominated for more than a decade and the Huskies don't intend to let up now.

The Huskies have won 21 Big East titles, including 10 tournament championships. They shared the regular-season title with eventual national champ Notre Dame last season.

"I don't believe in ties. I don't believe in sharing championships," Auriemma said. "I would like to think this particular group wants to win the Big East outright. And today was step one toward that."

Diana Taurasi scored 15 points to lead the Huskies. She also had three of UConn's eight blocks.

The overmatched Red Storm (2-6, 0-1) were down three starters due to injuries, but coach Darcel Estep wasn't about to make excuses.

"We may not have the most talented team on the floor, but fundamental basketball is fundamental basketball," Estep said. "And the mistakes we made in this type of game you can break down into mental mistakes."

UConn scored 32 points off 24 St. John's turnovers. The Huskies had 14 steals. The Red Storm's previous low in scoring was 29, against Louisiana Tech in 1995.

No. 13 Georgia 73, Georgia Southern 54

Statesboro, Ga. Kara Braxton had 18 points and 11 rebounds as No. 13 Georgia used a decisive size advantage to beat Georgia Southern. Whitney Law added 12 points and Christi Thomas had 11 rebounds for Georgia (6-0), which outrebounded Georgia Southern 66-44, blocked 13 shots and held the Eagles to 24 percent shooting.

Alie Rousseau scored 23 points for Georgia Southern (2-4). The Eagles lost to the Bulldogs for the 13th straight time since the 1980-81 season. Georgia leads the series 16-9.

No. 17 Texas 83, Southwest Texas 52

Austin, Texas Kala Bowers scored 14 points and Stacy Stephens added 12 as No. 17 Texas defeated Southwest Texas.

Texas (5-0) never trailed and jumped out to a 31-6 lead after 12 minutes. The Lady Longhorns led 45-18 at the half as they shot 45 percent from the field to 21 percent for Southwest Texas.

Stephens, Jody Bell and Annissa Hastings each had eight rebounds for Texas. Coco Reed scored 11 points.

Kendall Arant led Southwest Texas (2-3) with 13 points and seven rebounds. Tori Talbert also had seven rebounds.

Texas' reserves accounted for 46 points, while Southwest Texas had 18 points from its backups.

No. 21 LSU 81, Louisiana-Lafayette 49

Baton Rouge, La. Aiysha Smith scored 19 points to lead five LSU players in double figures and the 21st-ranked Tigers beat Louisiana-Lafayette. Scholanda Dorrell added 16 points for LSU (4-2), while Ke-Ke Tardy had 12 and Roneeka Hodges and Patty Hanten each scored 10 points. The Tigers outscored the Cajuns (1-5) 20-6 from the free throw line and outscored them 51-29 in the second half. Hodges had 15 rebounds, Smith had 11 and Tardy 10 as the Tigers held a 53-45 rebounding edge.

No. 23 South Carolina 68, Temple 65

Columbia, S.C. Jocelyn Penn scored 16 points to lead No. 23 South Carolina over Temple. With the Gamecocks up 66-62, Penn intercepted a pass at midcourt with about 15 seconds left to seal the win for the South Carolina (7-1). Natalia Isaac scored 23 points to lead Temple (2-3).

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