Maylana Martin hit a free throw that gave No. 4 UCLA the lead for good in overtime as the Bruins held off Texas, 84-77, last night to win a home opener for the first time in four years.
Edwina Brown scored a career-high 31 points for the Longhorns (1-1), who've lost four straight to the Bruins.
LaCresha Flannigan and Janae Hubbard led UCLA (2-0) with 17 points each and Hubbard added 13 rebounds. Martin finished with 16 points, including four free throws in overtime, as all five starters reached double figures.
The Bruins were in trouble much of the game, trailing by 13 at halftime and down by 10 twice in the final six minutes of regulation.
That's when Flannigan, Martin, Marie Philman and Michelle Greco went to work, outscoring Texas 20-8 down the stretch after all four struggled in the first half. Philman and Greco were scoreless at halftime, while Martin and Flannigan had two points each.
PURDUE 63, VALPARAISO 42: In West Lafayette, Ind., Purdue extended its winning streak to 35 as the 20th-ranked Boilermakers beat the Crusaders (1-2) behind nine points each from Shinika Parks and Mary Jo Noon.
Purdue (3-0), the defending NCAA champion, has not lost in more than a year, since a 73-72 defeat at Stanford on Nov. 21, 1998.
NORTH CAROLINA 66, EAST CAROLINA 49: For 10th-ranked North Carolina, some Nikki Teasley was better than none at all.
The all-ACC guard didn't start in North Carolina's season-opening 69-65 loss to UCLA because she had failed to meet offseason conditioning goals.
After barely qualifying Saturday, Teasley still didn't get in enough practice time to impress Coach Sylvia Hatchell enough for a start.
So Teasley came off the bench last night in North Carolina's victory over East Carolina and made three three-pointers in the second half to hold off a Pirates rally.
"I was just trying to help us get the momentum back. I was trying to be a team leader," Teasley said.
East Carolina (0-2) trailed 34-23 at the half and 42-28 early in the second half, but Waynetta Veney's three-pointer with 14:07 left started a 13-2 run.
AUBURN 93, MIDDLE TENNESSEE ST. 51: In Auburn, Ala., Tasha Hamilton scored 16 points and the No. 11 Tigers dominated the boards in a rout of the Blue Raiders.
Auburn (2-0) also got 12 points from reserve LaKeisha Johnson, who added five rebounds and three assists in 18 minutes.
Kelly Chastain and Jamie Thomatis scored 11 points each for Middle Tennessee State (0-2).
IOWA ST. 83, SAN FRANCISCO 64: Stacy Frese had 17 points as the No. 13 Cyclones overcame a slow start to beat host San Francisco.
The Cyclones (2-1) were coming off an upset loss at the hands of Stanford two days ago, and early on it looked as if the Dons (0-2) would continue the losing streak.
TEXAS TECH 69, RICE 52: Keitha Dickerson had 16 points, 15 rebounds and 4 steals to lead the No. 17 Red Raiders at home.
Texas Tech (2-0) used a 10-0 run to start the second half to take a 35-23 lead and coasted the rest of the way against the Owls (1-1).
LSU 91, N.C.-ASHEVILLE 36: Freshman reserve Ke-Ke Tardy scored 19 points to lead six players in double figures and the No. 22 Tigers (1-1) had a school-record 38 assists en route to a rout at home.
Marie Ferdinand added 18 points, Katrina Hibbert 13 points and 13 assists, DeTrina White 10 points, and April Brown and Jamie Hawkins had 10 points each.
UNC Asheville (0-2) was led by Gilklian Murray with 14 points and Jessica Guarneri with 11, trailed by 43-17 at halftime.