Semeka Randall is regaining the form that made her a preseason all-American.
Tennessee's fiery guard, who failed to play up to standards early in the season, has improved dramatically in recent weeks. Her progress continued in the host Lady Vols' 106-76 victory over No. 25 Texas last night.
Randall had 21 points, 3 rebounds and 5 steals in an impressive all-around effort.
Tamika Catchings scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds and Kara Lawson (West Springfield) added 19 points for Tennessee (9-1). Texas (8-4) was led by Edwina Brown's 22 points.
"You have to know when to take the shot," Randall said. "Early in the season I was not seeing the floor well. Tonight I did a good job of knowing when to drive and when to pull up for the jump shot. Overall this was my best game."
The game was the first matching coaches with 700-plus career victories. Texas Coach Jody Conradt has 733 victories and Tennessee's Pat Summitt 704.
N.C. STATE 69, S. CAROLINA 55: Terah James scored 18 points and Summer Erb added 15 points and 13 rebounds to boost the No. 4 Wolfpack (11-0) at home. N.C. State is off to its best start in Coach Kay Yow's 25-year career.
AUBURN 85, COPPIN STATE 56: LeCoe Willingham had 13 points and 10 rebounds as the No. 7 Tigers, at home, won their sixth straight game. The Tigers (11-1) shot 57 percent and outrebounded Coppin State 40-28.
The Eagles (4-8), who have lost five of six, were led by Liesha Mitchell's 15 points, 5 assists and 6 steals.
PENN STATE 80, IOWA 63: Andrea Garner had 17 points and 14 rebounds to lead the No. 8 Nittany Lions (9-2) in their Big Ten opener in State College, Pa.
N. CAROLINA 70, CALIFORNIA 65: Juana Brown made a three-pointer with 23 seconds left at home to seal the ninth-ranked Tar Heels' fifth consecutive victory.
RUTGERS 76, SOUTHERN CAL 59: Shawnetta Stewart scored 28 points and Tasha Pointer 17 as the No. 12 Scarlet Knights (7-2) pulled away at home in the second half.
PURDUE 83, WISCONSIN 58: Katie Douglas scored 17 points as the No. 13 Boilermakers (9-2, 1-0) won a Big Ten road game.
ILLINOIS 63, OHIO STATE 57: The No. 17 Illini (10-4, 1-0 Big Ten) blew a 14-point lead, but Susan Blauser scored six points in overtime in Columbus, Ohio.
KANSAS 50, SAINT LOUIS 45: Jaclyn Johnson grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds and Lynn Pride scored 18 points as the No. 20 Jayhawks (8-3) won in Kansas City, Mo.
OREGON 66, SANTA CLARA 60: Shaquala Williams scored 13 of her 16 points in the first half as the No. 22 Ducks (9-2) won on the road.
UC SANTA BARBARA 76, GONZAGA 58: In Spokane, Wash., Stacy Clinesmith scored 15 points and the No. 23 Gauchos (9-3) pulled away after leading by three at halftime.