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Women's College Basketball
By The Associated Press
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. No matter who's ranked No. 1, Diana Taurasi and Connecticut know how to top Tennessee.
The All-American guard scored 18 points to lead the No. 4 Huskies to an 81-67 victory last night, their fifth straight win over the top-ranked Vols.
Ann Strother added 17 points for Connecticut, and Barbara Turner had 16 points and nine rebounds.
Connecticut (17-2) improved to 12-6 all-time against Tennessee (18-2) in a rivalry that began in 1995. The series has included three national-championship games all won by the Huskies.
Taurasi was 3 of 7 from beyond the arc, and the third basket made her the career leader at Connecticut with 230 three-pointers.
No. 5 Penn St. 66, at Indiana 49 Kelly Mazzante scored 17 of her 24 points in the second half, and Jess Brungo added 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Nittany Lions past the Hoosiers.
Brungo became the third Penn State starter to top 1,000 points when she hit a three-pointer in the first half.
Indiana (10-11, 3-7) was led by Leah Enterline with 14 points.
No. 6 Purdue 76, at Michigan 64 Shereka Wright scored a game-high 22 points and the Boilermakers shot 55 percent to beat the Wolverines and extend their winning streak to nine games.
Purdue (18-2, 8-1 Big Ten) made 15 of 16 free throws, including 8 of 9 by Wright. The Wolverines (10-13, 3-7) made only 9 of 20 free throws.
Katie Gearlds added 13 points and Sharika Webb 11 for Purdue.
Stephenie Gandy scored 18 points, Jennifer Smith 17 and Tabitha Pool 13 for Michigan, which has lost four in a row.
No. 12 North Carolina 72, at Clemson 41 Ivory Latta scored 15 points to help the Tar Heels beat the Tigers.
North Carolina (18-3, 8-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) hit 10 of its first 15 shots. The Tar Heels finished the game at 49.1 percent (28 of 57).
The Tigers (15-6, 5-5) shot just 25.9 percent (14 of 54) for the game.
Clemson was led by Khaili Sanders and Amanda White with nine points each. White also led the team with seven rebounds.
No. 14 LSU 103, at Alabama 68 Doneeka Hodges and Scholanda Hoston scored 25 points apiece as the Tigers routed the Crimson Tide.
Hoston was 10 of 14 from the field, and Hodges was 9 of 14 including 6 of 8 from three-point range.
Seimone Augustus added 21 points for LSU (18-3, 6-1 SEC), while Temeka Johnson had 20.
Natasha Gamble led the Crimson Tide (10-11, 2-6) with 21 points. Monique Bivins added 15 and Lauren Hill 12.
No. 16 Georgia 83, at Vanderbilt 67 Sherill Baker scored 24 points, and the Bulldogs had big runs late in the first half and early in the second of its victory over the Commodores.
Georgia (16-5, 5-3 Southeastern Conference) also got 20 points from Janese Hardrick. Carla Thomas had a career-high 24 points for the Commodores (16-5, 4-4).
No. 19 Auburn 71, at Kentucky 54 Louden scored 15 points to lead the Tigers to victory over the Wildcats.
Le'Coe Willingham had 14 points and 13 rebounds for her ninth double-double of the season for Auburn (17-5, 5-3 Southeastern Conference).
Sara Potts scored 19 points for Kentucky (9-12, 1-7), while Danyelle Payne added 12.
At No. 20 Michigan St. 72, Wisconsin 47 Kelli Roehrig had a season-high 19 points, and the Big Ten's best defense did the rest in the Spartans' victory over the Badgers.
Victoria Lucas-Perry had 11 points, and Patrice McKinney and Lindsay Bowen 10 apiece for Michigan State (17-4, 7-3).
Ashley Josephson had 17 points for the Badgers (8-12, 2-8).
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