One unlikely first yielded another when Virginia began its first season out of the women's top 25 in the 1990s with its first loss in a home opener since the 1970s.
Cheryl Kulesa and Angela Zampella combined for 14 points during a 22-4 run early in the second half yesterday as St. Joseph's ended the Cavaliers' 24-year winning streak in home openers with a 73-61 victory.
The Cavaliers (0-1), unranked in the Associated Press poll for the first time in 322 games dating from the end of the 1988-89 season, had lost only one previous home opener in the 27-year history of the program--57-45 to North Carolina State in 1974-75.
"It'll be good for us," Cavaliers Coach Debbie Ryan said of the loss, which wasn't as close as the score suggested. "This team is a work in progress."
St. Joseph's (1-0) trailed 38-37 with 18 minutes to play until Susan Moran's driving basket gave them the lead with 17 minutes 37 seconds to play. The Hawks scored seven in a row, then reeled off 11 after Virginia scored twice to slow the run.
STANFORD 95, IOWA ST. 82: In Palo Alto, Calif., Bethany Donaphin had a career-high 26 points and Lauren St. Clair hit 4 of 5 three-pointers in the second half as the Cardinal upset No. 6 Iowa State.
WISCONSIN 92, NEBRASKA 85: In Lincoln, Neb., Jessie Stomski scored 24 points, including six in overtime, and had 14 rebounds to lead the Badgers past the No. 24 Cornhuskers in the championship game of the Time Warner Classic.
U-CONN. 73, IOWA 45: In Iowa City, Tamika Williams scored 18 points and Shea Ralph had 15 and the No. 1 Huskies pulled away in the second half.
MINNESOTA 60, GEORGETOWN 57: In Minneapolis, the Hoyas led by 11 midway through the second half, but Minnesota recovered to win the consolation game of the Regal Classic. Senior Danielle Hurley led the Hoyas with 14 points and eight rebounds.
NAVY 67, PRINCETON 63: Navy's Erica Hayes scored 22 points to lead the Midshipmen to a season-opening win in Annapolis. Hilary Goodrich grabbed eight rebounds and added 17 points.
N.C. STATE 75, UNC GREENSBORO 58: In Raleigh, N.C., freshman Kaayla Chones had 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the No. 9 Wolfpack in the championship game of the N.C. State tournament.
PURDUE 63, VANDERBILT 51: In West Lafayette, Ind., Katie Douglas scored 24 points to help the No. 21 Boilermakers overcome a 14-point first-half deficit and beat the Commodores.
SANTA BARBARA 71, ILLINOIS 61: In Champaign, Ill., No. 15 Santa Barbara scored the game's first 15 points and went on to beat 13th-ranked Illinois in a Preseason NIT semifinal.
GEORGIA 78, BC 70: Tawana McDonald scored 22 points on 11-of-14 shooting and the No. 3 Bulldogs won the Preseason NIT semifinal. Georgia will face UC Santa Barbara in the final tonight.
ARIZONA 86, HAWAII 73: In Honolulu, Elizabeth Pickney scored 20 points and Angela Lackey added 15 to lead the No. 25 Wildcats in the final of the Hawaiian Regent Classic.
OREGON 66, W. KENTUCKY 59: In Eugene, Ore., Jamie Craighead was 4 for 5 on three-point tries and scored 14 points as the No. 17 Ducks held off the Lady Toppers.