Top-ranked Connecticut rolled to its 62nd straight victory with a 75-51 victory over Syracuse last night in Hartford, Conn., but had to do it with leading scorer Diana Taurasi on the bench for most of the game.
Taurasi was in foul trouble early and picked up her fourth with 15 minutes 55 seconds left. She did not return, but the Huskies (23-0, 10-0 Big East) didn't miss a beat, getting 32 points from their reserves. Reserve forward Barbara Turner led U-Conn. with 18.
The Huskies have the longest win streak in women's collegiate history and are 26 victories shy of tying the UCLA men's team, which holds the NCAA record for consecutive victories set from 1971 to '74. U-Conn. has not lost since the 2001 Final Four.
"With a team like Connecticut, with the talent that they have, it's difficult if you get behind to work your way back in," Syracuse Coach Marianna Freeman said. "I thought we hung as best as we could considering the team that we had out there."
Julie McBride led Syracuse (8-14, 3-8) and had three of the Orangewomen's eight second-half three-pointers.
Taurasi, who was averaging nearly 18 points, finished with five.
* KANSAS STATE 64, NEBRASKA 47: Kendra Wecker had 16 points and eight rebounds and Nicole Ohlde scored 14 as the fifth-ranked Wildcats rolled at home. Megan Mahoney added 13 and Amy Dutmer 12 for Kansas State (22-2, 9-1 Big 12), which won its 18th straight at home. Ohlde scored her 1,500th career point. Nebraska is 8-13, 1-9.
* TEXAS TECH 83, TEXAS A&M 38: In Lubbock, Tex., Cisti Greenwalt had 21 points and 10 rebounds as Marsha Sharp, coach of the No. 7 Lady Raiders (20-2, 9-1 Big 12), earned her 499th career win. She will go for No. 500 Saturday night at Baylor.
* TEXAS 72, OKLAHOMA STATE 70: In Stillwater, Okla., Stacy Stephens scored 17 of her 19 points in the second half and Jamie Carey hit two late three-pointers to pace the No. 11 Lady Longhorns (16-5, 9-1 Big 12). The Cowgirls (5-16, 1-9) have lost seven straight.
* MISSISSIPPI ST. 81, NEW ORLEANS 69: LaToya Thomas scored 30 points to lead the No. 16 Bulldogs (17-6) in Starkville, Miss.
* RUTGERS 65, WEST VIRGINIA 50: Cappie Pondexter scored 18 points as the No. 23 Scarlet Knights (15-6, 8-2 Big East) won at home. Kate Bulger scored 16 points to lead the Mountaineers (12-9, 1-8).
* VIRGINIA TECH 78, GEORGETOWN 46: Ieva Kublina led all scorers with 16 points as the Hokies routed the Hoyas to improve to 12-0 at home. Kublina added seven rebounds, three blocks, two assists and two steals for Virginia Tech (17-5, 8-3 Big East). Georgetown (13-8, 4-6) was led by Rebekkah Brunson, who scored 13 points. The Hoyas shot just 22 percent (11 of 51) and missed all eight of their three-point shots.