Shea Ralph scored 23 points, most of them in No. 1 Connecticut's speedy transition game, and led the host Huskies to a 109-66 rout yesterday of No. 14 Old Dominion.
The Huskies captured the Coaches vs. Cancer Challenge title. Clemson won the consolation game, beating Kentucky 70-65.
Ralph was 6 for 6 in the first half and had eight points in a 20-4 spurt as the Huskies (3-0) raced to a 21-6 lead. The Lady Monarchs (2-1) never recovered, going 12 for 34 in the first half and missing all three attempts from the free throw line.
* AUBURN 82, MERCER 41: Tasha Hamilton scored 20 points to lead the No. 11 Tigers to a home win in the Thanksgiving Classic. Hamilton made 7 of 8 shots, including all three of her three-point attempts.
* GEORGIA 85, STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 44: Tawana McDonald had 23 points and 16 rebounds, both career highs, to lead the No. 3 Bulldogs in the semifinals of the Dead River Classic in Orono, Maine.
* NORTH CAROLINA 82, EAST TENNESSEE STATE 55: LaQuanda Barksdale scored 21 points and Jackie Higgins added 13 points and 12 rebounds to lead the No. 10 Tar Heels in Chapel Hill, N.C. Nikki Teasley added 13 points for North Carolina (2-1) and was one of the few Tar Heels not in foul trouble.
* PURDUE 90, FLORIDA 50: Katie Douglas scored 31 points to lead the No. 20 Boilermakers at home. She finished 11 of 24 from the field, including 3 of 6 from three-point range, and 6 of 6 on free throws.
* RUTGERS 61, NORTHEASTERN 39: With three centers nursing injuries, Scarlet Knights Coach C. Vivian Stringer rested all her starters but for Davalyn Cunningham, who scored a career-high 17 points and ignited a game-breaking 19-3 first-half run to lead No. 8 Rutgers at home in the Coca-Cola Classic.
* N.C. STATE 62, DRAKE 42: Tynesha Lewis scored 16 points and freshman Chayla Chones added 15 to lead the No. 7 Wolfpack to a victory in the Cancun (Mexico) Tournament of Basketball.
* TEXAS TECH 102, SW TEXAS 44: Aleah Johnson scored 21 points to lead five Texas Tech scorers in double figures as the No. 17 Lady Raiders won in Lubbock, Tex.
* LSU 80, ST. BONAVENTURE 43: Marie Ferdinand led five LSU players in double figures with 16 points and a career-best 12 assists as the No. 22 Lady Tigers beat the Bonnies (0-3) in the first round of the Walnut Creek Holiday Inn Classic in Morgora, Calif.
* TENNESSEE 79, STANFORD 73: Tamika Catchings, sidelined by foul trouble for part of the second half, hit a decisive three-pointer with 1 minute 9 seconds remaining as the No. 5 Lady Vols scored the final 11 points to defeat the No. 23 Cardinal in Palo Alto, Calif.