Tamika Williams had 24 points and seven rebounds, and made two key defensive plays in the final minutes to lead No. 1 Connecticut to an 84-77 victory over No. 19 Boston College last night in Storrs, Conn.
The win snapped the Eagles' 12-game winning streak, the longest in school history. The Huskies (18-0, 7-0 Big East) remain the only undefeated Division I women's team in the country.
"I never thought we were going to stop them," Connecticut Coach Geno Auriemma said. "And even when we did stop them they scored. They made some tough shots. They created their own offense and that's what impressed me most."
Williams scored 16 points in the second half, which opened with the Huskies trailing 42-39. U-Conn. opened the half with a 21-8 run.
Williams capped the spurt by converting a three-point play to give U-Conn. a 60-50 lead with 11 minutes 44 seconds remaining. Her next basket a minute later pushed the lead to 62-50, the Huskies' largest of the game.
Injuries had whittled the Eagles' rotation to just six players, but BC (16-4, 5-1) showed no signs of slowing, cutting the 12-point lead to four on a three-pointer by Allison Murphy with 6:20 left.
With less than four minutes remaining, and U-Conn. up 78-73, Williams made a steal, then forced BC into a turnover on the Eagles' next possession. Shea Ralph, who had nine assists for the Huskies, found Williams under the basket with 2:08 left for an 80-73 lead.
BC pulled within three with 44 seconds left, but 4-for-4 free throw shooting by the Huskies iced the game.
Svetlana Abrosimova had 20 points for U-Conn.
GEORGETOWN 61, WEST VIRGINIA 43: In Charleston, W. Va., the Hoyas overcame poor shooting with solid defense to win their fourth straight game. Georgetown shot just 39 percent but held the Mountaineers to 12 field goals and 18 percent shooting (12 of 68).
Katie Smrcka-Duffy and Dani Ilic each scored 16 points for Georgetown (11-7, 4-3 Big East).
NOTRE DAME 69, ST. JOHN'S 49: In New York, Ruth Riley scored 12 of her 16 points in the second half and the No. 5 Irish extended their winning streak to 12 games. The victory gave the Fighting Irish (16-2, 7-0 Big East) their longest winning streak since the 1990-91 season, when they won a school-record 15 straight.
RUTGERS 62, SETON HALL 46: In Piscataway, N.J., Karlita Washington scored 10 of her career-high 12 points in a game-ending 28-8 run for the No. 13 Knights.
OKLAHOMA 79, TEXAS A&M 72: Phylesha Whaley had 23 points as the No. 23 Sooners handed the host Aggies their sixth straight loss.