With flowers from her team and a kiss from her son, Tennessee Coach Pat Summitt celebrated a win for the 700th time in her stellar career.
Semeka Randall's 19 points led five players in double figures as the No. 3 Lady Vols beat No. 25 Wisconsin, 85-62, yesterday in Madison, Wis.
Summit, 47, became the youngest coach and the second woman to win 700 college basketball games. Dean Smith holds the record of 879 wins.
"It feels like I've been watching a whole lot of basketball in my life," Summitt said. "I thought we played a great game, and the fact that it happened with the way we played in this game, that's the most important thing."
Summitt joined 16 men's basketball coaches and one women's coach--Texas's Jody Conradt, who got her 730th career victory Saturday--in the 700-win club.
After a season-opening loss to Louisiana Tech, Tennessee has won five straight games, including four straight against ranked teams. The Badgers (4-2) lost their home opener and second game to a ranked team this season.
Wisconsin opened the second half with a 12-5 run and led, 46-45, with 14 minutes 35 seconds remaining. Freshman center Nina Smith, who was recruited heavily by Summitt before choosing Wisconsin, scored seven points in the run and finished with 16.
However, Tennessee took control with its trademark defensive pressure, forcing the Badgers' back court into several of the team's 28 turnovers. The Lady Vols made a 17-1 run and the rout was on.
NOTRE DAME 85, LIBERTY 68: In Richmond, Ruth Riley made 12 of 14 shots and scored 32 points as the No. 11 Fighting Irish won the title game of the Wachovia Invitational Tournament.
Riley, selected the tournament MVP, scored eight points as Notre Dame (4-1) took a 15-6 lead with 15:32 remaining in the first half. Riley scored nine points in the first 3:45 of the second half to spark a 13-6 run to give her team a 52-42 lead. The Lady Flames fell to 2-3.
NORTH CAROLINA 106, RICHMOND 80: Nikki Teasley scored 15 of her 24 points in the second half to lead the No. 9 Tar Heels in the consolation game of the Wachovia Women's Invitational Tournament in Richmond.
It was tied at 50 at halftime, but the Tar Heels (5-2) made 20 of 36 shots in the second half. A 21-5 run gave North Carolina a 71-55 lead with 12:15 remaining. The Spiders (2-4) could get no closer than 13 points from then on.
CONNECTICUT 87, PENN STATE 74: Svetlana Abrosimova and Shea Ralph led five players in double figures with 17 points each and the No. 1 Huskies rolled in the opening game of the Elite 4 Holiday Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
The No. 14 Nittany Lions moved within three points in the first half but never threatened again. U-Conn. led by at least 13 points throughout the second half and by as many as 23.
LOUISIANA TECH 82, UCLA 64: Betty Lennox scored 31 points and Tamicha Jackson added 20 as the No. 4 Lady Techsters broke away early in the second game of the Elite 4 Holiday Classic.
Lennox made a three-pointer to give Louisiana Tech a 9-6 lead with 16:43 remaining in the first half. The Lady Techsters rolled from there, pulling away to a 48-17 edge late in the first half. Lennox made 5 of 12 three-pointers and had team highs of eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals.
GEORGIA 98, HOUSTON 68: In Houston, twins Kelly and Coco Miller combined for 44 points as the No. 2 Lady Bulldogs rolled in the final of the Hilton Hobby Airport Classic.
Kelly Miller scored 23 points and Coco Miller, who sat out six minutes of the first half because of foul trouble, added 21 points.