Providence slowed down No. 1 Connecticut. The Friars just didn't have enough to stop the Huskies from winning.

Ann Strother scored 13 points and Diana Taurasi added 12 as visiting Connecticut rallied to beat Providence, 70-52, clinching its 10th straight Big East Conference regular season title.

The Huskies (28-0, 15-0) have won an NCAA-record 67 straight games and are 21 victories shy of tying the men's record of 88 straight set by UCLA from 1971 to '74.

But it wasn't easy. Connecticut trailed for the first 12 minutes as Providence (9-17, 3-12) tried to slow down the game with a tight zone. The Friars also outrebounded the Huskies 20-14 in the first half.

"I feel bad for Providence," Connecticut Coach Geno Auriemma said. "We didn't deserve to win. They outplayed us.

"Every other time the important thing is whether you are improving or getting worse. We took a step backwards today."

It was somewhat surprising to see the Huskies trailing, especially against one of the worst teams in the conference. Auriemma benched Taurasi for a long stretch in the first half because she was struggling.

Taurasi played just 11 minutes and had two points.

"I don't think we came into the game with the kind of killer instinct we wanted," Taurasi said. "In the first half, I probably didn't handle myself as well as I could. I really wanted to turn it around."

That didn't happen until midway through the second half.

Brooke Freedburg, who led the Friars with 17 points, hit a jumper with 10 minutes 10 seconds remaining to pull Providence to 40-39. Then Taurasi hit two free throws and followed that up with two quick three-pointers, sparking a 25-2 run. Strother added two three-pointers during the spurt.

"We won because we had nine high school all-Americans and Providence had none," Auriemma said.

The Friars led by six midway through the first half, but then Connecticut made a run. Taurasi hit a three-pointer and Strother added a steal and layup as Connecticut took a 32-22 halftime lead.

* RUTGERS 50, VILLANOVA 49: Shalicia Hurns made a layup at the buzzer to lift the No. 20 Scarlet Knights over the No. 18 Wildcats in Villanova, Pa.

Cappie Pondexter took the inbounds pass the length of the court and had her shot blocked by Courtney Mix. Hurns grabbed the loose ball and laid it in as time expired.

Pondexter scored 20 points and Hurns had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Scarlet Knights (20-5, 13-2), who have won 11 straight. Rutgers clinched second place in the Big East.

Trish Juhline and Katie Davis each had 15 points for Villanova (21-5, 11-4), which had its seven-game winning streak snapped.

* GEORGIA 76, FLORIDA 67: In Athens, Ga., Christi Thomas had 19 points and 10 rebounds as the No. 14 Bulldogs (19-8, 10-4) clinched a first-round bye in the Southeastern Conference tournament. Marquita Driskell added 16 points and 12 rebounds for Georgia, which can finish no worse than fourth in the league. Florida (9-17, 1-13) finished with its worst regular season record since 1987-88 when the Gators were 9-18.

* STANFORD 63, ARIZONA ST. 53: In Tempe, Ariz., Nicole Powell had 26 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 blocked shots as the No. 9 Cardinal (23-4, 15-3) ended the regular season. Stanford won the league title and will be the top seed in next week's Pacific-10 tournament in San Jose.

* KANSAS ST. 67, COLORADO 59: In Boulder, Colo., Megan Mahoney had 23 points and 11 rebounds and Nicole Ohdle added 17 points for the No. 5 Wildcats (27-2, 14-1 Big 12).

* LA. TECH 98, BOISE ST. 60: In Ruston, La., Cheryl Ford had 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead the No. 6 Lady Techsters (25-2, 17-0 Western Athletic) to their 23rd straight victory.

* WISCONSIN-GREEN BAY 96, WRIGHT ST. 68: In Green Bay, Wis., Kristy Loiselle scored 24 points as the No. 22 Phoenix (24-3, 15-1) avenged its only Horizon League defeat this season.

* BOSTON COLLEGE 84, MIAMI 77: Amber Jacobs scored a season-high 28 points as the No. 23 Eagles (19-7, 11-4 Big East) won at home. Becky Gottstein added 24 points and nine rebounds.

* ARIZONA 68, CALIFORNIA 51: Shawntinice Polk scored 22 points and Krista Warren added 16 as the No. 24 Wildcats (20-7, 13-5 Pac-10) won their 13th straight home game.

* WASHINGTON 73, WASHINGTON ST. 49: In Seattle, Giuliana Mendiola had 20 points and five steals to lead the No. 25 Huskies (21-6, 13-5 Pac-10).

* UC SANTA BARBARA 78, UC IRVINE 56: Lindsay Taylor scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds and the No. 19 Gauchos (21-4, 13-1 Big West) went on a 24-3 run midway through the second half in Irvine, Calif.

* GEORGETOWN 67, ST. JOHN'S 52: Mary Lisicky and Rebekkah Brunson led four players in double figures as the Hoyas (15-11, 6-9 Big East) defeated the Red Storm (8-18, 2-13) in New York. Lisicky and Brunson scored 15 points apiece.

Villanova's Katie Davis, right, is a one-woman swat team, defending against Mauri Horton of Rutgers.