Shea Ralph scored 18 points as No. 1 Connecticut beat Oklahoma, 84-68, last night in Norman, Okla.
A crowd of 10,713, the largest to watch a women's basketball game in Oklahoma, saw the Huskies shoot 48 percent and improve to 9-0. The Sooners (9-3) had an eight-game winning streak snapped.
"When we play like we did for stretches tonight . . . we are really, really good. But I already knew that," Connecticut Coach Geno Auriemma said. "What was good tonight was we played against a team, unlike teams in the past, that didn't stop playing no matter what the score was. That was really good for us to see that."
Six days after a 106-64 victory over No. 6 UCLA, the Huskies looked rusty early.
Ralph struggled in the first half, turning over the ball four times and committing three fouls. She still led all scorers with nine points in the first half.
Connecticut and Oklahoma both committed 10 turnovers in the first half, but the Huskies shot 45 percent and used a 12-0 run to take a 41-25 lead at the break.
GEORGIA 78, E. TENNESSEE ST. 51: Georgia Coach Andy Landers reached the 500-victory mark as the fifth-ranked Lady Bulldogs won in Athens, Ga.
Landers, 47, is 500-149 in 21 seasons at Georgia. Among women's Division I coaches, only Vivian Stringer, Jody Conradt and Pat Summitt reached 500 victories in fewer games.
UCLA 82, OLD DOMINION 76: Nicole Kaczmarski scored 18 points as the No. 16 Bruins rallied to beat the No. 18 Lady Monarchs in Los Angeles.
UCLA (6-4) trailed Old Dominion (7-2) by 12 before going on a 17-0 run to take a 61-56 lead with 7:08 remaining. Old Dominion fought back to take a 71-70 lead with 2:46 left in the game.
Janae Hubbard made a pair of free throws with 1:29 left and Erica Gomez converted four consecutive free throws to give UCLA a six-point lead with 1:01 left to play.
ARIZONA 80, LOUISVILLE 70: Lisa Griffith had 19 points and six assists for the No. 19 Wildcats in the championship of the Holiday Classic in Louisville.
Griffith was 5 for 8 from the field, including a 4-for-7 performance from three-point range, and had three steals for the Wildcats (11-1).
NOTRE DAME 88, VALPARAISO 63: Ruth Riley had 15 points and eight rebounds to lead the No. 10 Fighting Irish at home.
Riley played just 17 minutes because of foul trouble for the Irish (8-2). Alicia Ratay added 14 points and Danielle Green had 11 for Notre Dame. Marlous Nieuween scored a game-high 25 points for Valparaiso (6-4).
LOUISIANA TECH 88, AKRON 61: Betty Lennox had 23 points, 7 assists and 7 steals for the No. 3 Lady Techsters in the championship game of the Holiday Classic in Ruston, La.
Reserve Cheryl Ford had 18 points to help the Lady Techsters (9-1) to their 43rd victory in 44 attempts in the tournament.
Akron dropped to 3-8. In the third-place game, Houston beat Southeastern Louisiana, 70-66.