No. 1 Connecticut misfired in the first half against a physical Illinois squad but came out hitting on all cylinders in the second half to coast to a 100-79 win last night in Storrs, Conn., and record its third straight 100-point game.
"Our evil twins came out tonight," said U-Conn. Coach Geno Auriemma.
The No. 14 Fighting Illini (5-2) dominated the offensive boards in the first half to slow down U-Conn.'s speedy transition game. The Huskies' top two scorers--Shea Ralph and Svetlana Abrosimova--were held to just one field goal in the first half.
But the model of consistency for U-Conn. was sophomore forward Swin Cash, who led the team with 20 points and nine rebounds.
"I think I was due to have a pretty good game," Cash said. "The last couple of games the shots weren't falling for me. Today everything I pretty much put up was going in."
She had to wait for the rest of her teammates to catch up. U-Conn. (5-0) shot 40 percent in the first half and improved to 60 percent in the final period. Reserve guard Kennitra Johnson was 4 for 4 from three-point range in the second half to help U-Conn. pull away.
GEORGIA 102, GEORGIA SOUTHERN 70: Coco Miller scored 16 points and the No. 2 Lady Bulldogs rolled in Statesboro, Ga.
The Lady Eagles (1-2) went on a 7-0 run late in the first half and took a 32-30 lead with 4:53 to play on a jump shot by Tondra Warren. Georgia (7-0) trailed 39-36 at halftime.
In the second half, Georgia went to a 2-3 zone and Warren, who had scored 19 points in the first half on 9-of-10 shooting, was held scoreless.
Georgia gradually pulled away, taking a 73-52 lead on a three-pointer by Kelly Miller with 10:30 to play.
Tawana McDonald scored 15 points, Kelly Miller had 14 and Shala Crawford added 12 for the Lady Bulldogs.
AUBURN 95, NICHOLLS STATE 48: Conswella Sparrow had 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists, and the No. 8 Lady Tigers forced 27 turnovers in the home win.
Kris Bernath also scored 14 points for the Tigers (5-0). Tiffany Krantz added 12 points and Tasha Hamilton and Jackie Pugh had 10 apiece.
Katie Schreiter led Nicholls State (0-5) with 13 points, and Dana Kelley had 12.
N.C. STATE 80, GEORGIA TECH 70: Summer Erb had 15 points and 14 rebounds and reserve Ivy Gardner (Sidwell Friends) scored 19 for the No. 6 Wolfpack (6-0, 1-0 ACC) in Atlanta. Candice McCallum led Tech (3-1, 0-1) with 16 points. Donehew added 15 for the Jackets, who shot only 35.3 percent.
ARIZONA 86, UC SANTA BARBARA 76: Tatum Brown scored 21 points as the No. 21 Wildcats won in Tucson. Taking advantage of her own offensive rebounds, Brown scored 13 points in the second half as Arizona (5-0) took a 68-52 lead and ran a 12-2 stretch. No. 15 Santa Barbara fell to 3-2.
IOWA ST. 67, NORTHWESTERN 32: In Ames, Iowa, Erica Haugen's three-pointer and Megan Taylor's three-point play keyed a 21-2 run that sent the No. 12 Cyclones to victory. Iowa State's home opener drew 8,778, the largest crowd ever for a regular season game for the Cyclones (3-1).
ARKANSAS 79, BOSTON COLLEGE 68: Wendi Willits scored 16 points and Celia Anderson had five points in a 28-second span to upset the No. 24 Eagles in Fayetteville, Ark. Anderson made a layup, a free throw and a shot from the corner in the second half to help Arkansas (5-0) build a 17-point lead with 5:56 remaining.
LSU 82, LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE 39: Katrina Hibbert had 22 points and eight assists as the No. 23 Tigers, at home, won their fourth straight to remain unbeaten in the 18-game series between the teams.
OREGON 68, PORTLAND 57: Shaquala Williams scored 26 points as the No. 13 Ducks won at home to improve to 4-0.