April Brown scored 25 points, including three free throws over the final 1 minute 16 seconds, to lead the No. 23 Louisiana State women to an 80-74 road victory over No. 2 Georgia in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
"This is a big win," said Marie Ferdinand, who added 21 points. "A lot of people didn't give us any hope of coming into Georgia and winning."
Kelly Miller's steal and layup with three minutes to go gave Georgia (7-1) its last lead, 72-70. DeTrina White tied it with a layup 23 seconds later and Katrina Hibbert's open jumper with 1:54 to play gave LSU (5-1) the lead for good.
Georgia's Coco Miller shot an air ball from the top of the key with 90 seconds to play. Brown, a 62 percent free throw shooter entering the game, made two free throws to extend LSU's lead to 76-72.
Georgia's last basket was a layup by Tawana McDonald with 1:02 to play. McDonald led Georgia with 16 points.
LSU shot 69.6 percent in the second half, making 16 of 23 shots.
* TENNESSEE 72, PURDUE 66: Tamika Catchings had 14 points and six rebounds and the No. 3 Lady Vols withstood a late rally at home to snap the No. 17 Boilermakers' 36-game winning streak.
The Lady Vols (4-1) also avenged last year's loss at Purdue, a defeat that snapped Tennessee's 46-game winning streak. Katie Douglas had 18 points for Purdue (4-1), the defending national champion.
The Boilermakers, who trailed by 15 points in the second half, cut the lead to 68-63 with 46 seconds left.
But the Lady Vols went 6 for 6 from the free throw line to preserve the victory.
* DUKE 101, ELON 44: Missy West scored 18 points and Georgia Schweitzer added 17 to lead the No. 22 Blue Devils at home.
Every Blue Devil scored, and five finished in double figures for Duke (5-1) in its final game before its Atlantic Coast Conference opener Sunday against Virginia.
Elon, a former NAIA school that is 3-3 in its first year in NCAA Division I, was led by Loretta Lawson's 17 points.
* PENN STATE 101, ST. FRANCIS (PA.) 62: Lisa Shepherd scored 27 points on 10-for-18 shooting to lead the No. 14 Lady Lions at home.
Penn State (4-1) used a balanced attack of good shooting, rebounding and passing to maintain a sizable lead over St. Francis (1-3) the entire game.
* LOUISIANA TECH 80, TEXAS-ARLINGTON 31: Ayana Walker scored 21 points, the fourth-ranked Lady Techsters (3-1) forced 38 turnovers and their reserves contributed 32 points and 27 rebounds at home.
Kansas Men Win
Kenny Gregory and Nick Bradford helped sluggish Kansas take charge in the second half and the sixth-ranked Jayhawks overcame a ragged start to defeat Pepperdine, 76-61, in Lawrence, Kan.
The Jayhawks (5-0), seeing their first action since winning the Great Alaska Shootout, struggled throughout the first half and did not take the lead until Jeff Boschee's three-pointer made it 21-20 with 7:05 left.
Forced into 14 turnovers by Pepperdine's alternating pressure defense, Kansas led only 33-30 at halftime and quickly fell behind 39-37 on a three-pointer by Texale Archie.
But then Gregory and Bradford each scored to trigger a 16-3 run against the Waves (3-2).
Drew Gooden, the 6-foot-9 freshman who was named MVP in the Alaska tournament, ended the run with a three-point play, going in for a basket and then making a free throw for a 53-42 lead after getting fouled by Kelvin Gibbs.