Fourth-ranked UCLA blew a 16-point halftime lead and had to come back in the final 81 seconds for a 69-65 victory last night over No. 8 North Carolina in the opening game of the Four in the Fall Classic in Lubbock, Texas.
North Carolina trailed 45-29 at the half and never led until back-to-back three-pointers by Juana Brown and Leah Sharp capped a 30-12 run and put the Tar Heels ahead 65-63 with 2:29 to play.
But North Carolina never scored again. UCLA's Carly Funicello missed a jumper at 2:10, and Nikki Teasley grabbed the rebound for the Tar Heels, but she turned the ball over 30 seconds later, and LaCresha Flannigan's three-pointer at 1:21 gave UCLA the lead again, 66-65.
* TEXAS TECH 56, LSU 49: Aleah Johnson scored 16 points, including key back-to-back baskets that broke a late tie, lifting the No. 23 Red Raiders over the No. 14 Tigers in the Four in the Fall Classic.
LSU trailed by eight points in the second half but rallied to tie it at 45 on DeTrina White's jump shot with 5:13 left. Johnson scored inside to break the deadlock, then hit a jumper in the lane after an LSU turnover as the Red Raiders pulled ahead, 49-45, with 4:08 to play.
* N.C. STATE 78, SOUTHERN MISS 43: Freshman Kaayla Chones followed up her 10-point performance last Sunday against then-No. 4 Rutgers with 14 points and 10 rebounds in the No. 9 Wolfpack's win at home.
"Kaayla did a real good job today coming out in 22 minutes and having a double-double," Wolfpack Coach Kay Yow said after the team's home opener in her 25th year at N.C. State. "That is a pretty impressive stat. Somebody is having to play hard when that happens."
* NOTRE DAME 68, TOLEDO 52: Freshman Alicia Ratay hit two key three-pointers in the first half to get the No. 7 Irish out front and then made consecutive three-pointers in the second half that sealed the road win.
"I think that was the difference in the game," Notre Dame Coach Muffet McGraw said. "I think [Ratay] feels comfortable spotting up to the three-point line."
* PENN STATE 76, VILLANOVA 54: Rashana Barnes had a team-high 15 points and six rebounds to help the No. 11 Nittany Lions in State College, Pa.
Andrea Garner had 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead five Penn State players in double figures.
* ARIZONA 87, TENN. TECH 71: Angela Lackey had 14 points to lead five players in double figures for the No. 25 Wildcats at the Wahine Classic in Honolulu.
* KANSAS 70, HOUSTON 56: Suzi Raymant scored a game-high 16 points and added nine rebounds to lead the No. 19 Jayhawks on the road.