Semeka Randall scored 18 points as No. 2 Tennessee stormed to a 20-point halftime lead and cruised to an 82-59 win over St. Joseph's last night in Philadelphia.
The Lady Vols (8-1) put the game away early, dominating the undersized Hawks (7-2) with their speed and quickness. At one point, Tennessee converted four straight St. Joseph's turnovers into baskets, capped by Kara Lawson's three-pointer from the left corner that gave the Lady Vols a 22-5 lead with 12 minutes 57 seconds left in the first half.
Kristen Clement added 10 points for the Lady Vols, who won their eighth straight.
N.C. STATE 80, MIAMI 60: Summer Erb had 28 points and eight rebounds to lead fourth-ranked North Carolina State over Miami in the first game of the Orange Bowl Fab Four Tournament in Miami.
When Miami (4-3) double-teamed Erb, North Carolina State countered with Kaayla Chones, who had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Tynesha Lewis, who had 14 points, including four three-pointers.
NOTRE DAME 68, FLA. INTERNATIONAL 62: Alicia Ratay scored 27 points and Ruth Riley added 20 as the No. 11 Irish edged Florida International (2-3) in the second game of the Orange Bowl Fab Four Tournament.
The Irish (6-2) shot 50 percent seven days after an 84-54 victory over Michigan State on Dec. 11.
GEORGIA 91, OHIO STATE 59: No. 5 Georgia rode Deanna Nolan's unexpected scoring, and she finished with 25 points as the Lady Bulldogs won the opening game of the Beach Classic in Long Beach, Calif. Nolan nearly tripled her average as Georgia (12-1) won its fifth straight.
TEXAS TECH 77, CENTRAL FLORIDA 43: Katrisa O'Neal scored a career-high 21 points to lead No. 7 Texas Tech to the win in Orlando. Texas Tech (9-0), which held a 45-20 halftime lead, attacked the basket and got to the foul line for 20 attempts in the first half, converting 13 of them.
PENN STATE 69, CLEMSON 54: Andrea Garner scored 19 points and Helen Darling had 10 assists, leading No. 9 Penn State to victory in the first game of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Garner scored Penn State's first seven points, helping the Lady Lions (7-2) to an 11-2 lead early in the first half. Clemson (7-3) never came closer than seven the rest of the way.
NORTH CAROLINA 82, MICHIGAN STATE 65: Nikki Teasley came off the bench to score 22 points as the No. 10 Tar Heels triumphed in the second game of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. Teasley scored nine straight points for the Tar Heels (8-2) during a 29-6 run in the second half.
IOWA STATE 98, N. IOWA 54: Angie Welle scored 22 points, and the host No. 14 Cyclones stunned Northern Iowa with two 20-0 runs midway through the game. Iowa State (6-2) led by just 36-34 late in the first half, then outscored Northern Iowa 40-3 over the next 12 1/2 minutes to turn the game into a rout.
LSU 77, MERCER 46: Substitute Ke-Ke Tardy scored 18 points as 13th-ranked Louisiana State beat Mercer at home for its seventh straight victory. DeTrina White added 15 points, and Marie Ferdinand had 12 for the Tigers (8-1).
MISSISSIPPI ST. 104, TEXAS-PAN AMERICAN 48: LaToya Thomas scored 25 points as the No. 22 Lady Bulldogs remained unbeaten in the first round of the MSU Classic. The Lady Bulldogs (8-0) opened the second half with a 24-5 run.
UCSB 102, DARTMOUTH 66: Kristi Rohr scored 18 points, and 23rd-ranked UC Santa Barbara made 20 of 35 shots in the second half to win at home.