Allison Curtin scored 28 points, and No. 15 Illinois used a big free throw advantage yesterday to upset No. 6 Notre Dame, 77-67, in Champaign, Ill.

Curtin, a sophomore guard, made 7 of 12 shots and was 14 of 18 from the line. She also had seven rebounds and four steals.

Kylie Martin added 16 points and Susan Blauser had 11 for the Illini (5-1).

Ruth Riley led Notre Dame (1-1), scoring 16 points in just 16 minutes after getting into early foul trouble with two in the first seven minutes. She fouled out in the second half.

* GEORGIA 79, MAINE 68: In Orono, Maine, Coco Miller scored eight points in overtime and twin sister Kelly added six as No. 3 Georgia won the championship of the Dead River Classic.

Maine's Amy Vachon scored on a driving layup with four seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at 61.

Georgia (6-0) led by 15 with 7 minutes 37 seconds left, but Maine (1-2) tied it with a 15-0 run in a 5:09 span. Martina Tinklova, playing for the first time after preseason knee surgery, hit two free throws with 2:05 left in regulation to tie it.

* RUTGERS 63, WISCONSIN 61: In Piscataway, N.J., Tasha Pointer hit an off-balance shot in the lane with 38 seconds to go and the No. 8 Lady Knights rallied from six points down in the final 3:06 to beat the No. 25 Badgers in the Coca-Cola Classic.

Pointer, who would add a free throw with 28 seconds to play after being fouled following a Wisconsin turnover, led Rutgers (2-1) with 16 points. Tamara Moore had 19 and Jessie Stomski 13 for Wisconsin (2-1), which almost stole the game with a 17-2 run late in the second half.

Pointer's basket was the last of only three in the final 11:22 for Rutgers, and it gave the Lady Knights a 62-61 lead. Her free throw stretched the lead to two points.

* LOUISIANA TECH 96, SOUTHEAST MISSOURI ST. 54: In Las Vegas, Betty Lennox scored 15 of her 21 points in the first half as the No. 2 Lady Techsters won the opening game of the Lady Rebel Shootout, beating the Otahkians (1-3). Louisiana Tech (2-1) will face the winner of last night's second game between UNLV and Weber State today.

Freshman Cheryl Ford, whose father, Utah Jazz star Karl Malone, watched the game at the Thomas & Mack Center, had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Lady Techsters.

Paula Corder-King led Southeast Missouri State (1-3) with 20 points.

* PENN STATE 96, ST. JOSEPH'S 64: In Durham, N.C., Lisa Shepard scored 24 of her 31 points in the first 25 minutes, leading the No. 9 Nittany Lions to the win in the Duke Women's Basketball Classic. Penn State (3-0) matched a team record with 11 three-pointers on 16 tries. Shepard made 6 of 7.

Colleen McGahan led St. Joseph's (1-1) with 15 points, 11 in the second half.

* ARIZONA 74, NEW MEXICO 63: In Tucson, Angela Lackey scored five of her 16 points during a late 10-2 run as the No. 24 Wildcats (4-0) held on to beat the Lobos (2-1). Lackey began the spurt with a three-point play with 2:10 remaining, and added a pair of free throws down the stretch to pace Arizona.

* N.C. STATE 73, KANSAS ST. 72: In Cancun, Mexico, Tynesha Lewis's free throw with five seconds left lifted the No. 7 Wolfpack (5-0) over the Wildcats in the Cancun Tournament of Basketball. Morgan Finneran hit a three-pointer for Kansas State (1-2) to tie the game at 72 with seven seconds left.

The Wolfpack took a 72-63 lead with 2:13 left on Summer Erb's jumper, but Nicky Ramage scored on a layup and Kim Woodlee hit a jumper to draw the Wildcats within three.

* BOSTON COLLEGE 60, U-MASS. 45: In Amherst, Mass., Cal Bouchard connected on four three-pointers in the first 10 minutes to lead the No. 18 Eagles (4-2) over the winless Minutewomen (0-4).

* AUBURN 72, KENT 56: In Auburn, Ala., Conswella Sparrow scored 18 points, including 16 in the second half, to lead the No. 11 Tigers (4-0) to the win over Kent (2-2) in the championship of the Tiger Thanksgiving Classic. Sparrow did not miss a shot in the game, hitting all six field goal attempts and another six free throws.

CAPTION: Illinois guard Allison Curtin (10) goes up for the shot as Notre Dame's Danielle Green looks on.