Connecticut applied pressure inside and out against Oklahoma and the result was a third Women's National Invitation Tournament title.
Charde Houston scored 22 points and Mel Thomas added 20 to lead ninth-ranked U-Conn. to an 82-62 win over the Sooners in the WNIT championship game yesterday in Storrs, Conn.
The Huskies (4-0) have dominated this tournament; they have won a title in all three of their appearances. Teams are eligible every four years.
"One of the reasons why we want to play in this tournament when we're eligible is because it's usually a good field and you end up playing pretty good teams," U-Conn. Coach Geno Auriemma said. "You find out quickly, early in the season, where you stand. We're a lot better today than we were last week."
U-Conn. shot 57 percent from the floor and held the No. 25 Sooners (3-1) to 38 percent shooting.
"Our guards were intimidated and Connecticut kicked us down the floor for 40 minutes," Oklahoma Coach Sherri Coale said.
* TENNESSEE 83, STETSON 33: Candace Parker's debut for the Lady Vols resulted in a double-double but no dunks. Parker had 19 points and 10 rebounds in the season opener for host No. 2 Tennessee.
Parker, who won a high school dunk contest in 2004, sat out last season as a freshman to recover from knee injuries.
"It was amazing," Parker said of her first game. "It was a great feeling because I've waited so long to play for Tennessee."
Parker teased the crowd with above-the-rim play. Only three women have dunked in a college game.
Coach Pat Summitt has given Parker the green light to dunk.
* MICHIGAN STATE 86, WESTERN CAROLINA 61: Liz Shimek had a career-high 28 points and 10 rebounds for the 10th-ranked Spartans at home.
Shimek made 13 of 16 field goals and added four assists and three steals in 26 minutes for the Spartans (2-0).
Reserve freshman Lauren Powell led the Lady Catamounts (0-2) with 20 points, including six three-pointers.
* MINNESOTA 84, STANFORD 77: In Minneapolis, Shannon Schonrock scored 15 points for the 16th-ranked Golden Gophers to lead six players in double figures in the championship game of the Subway Classic.
Liz Podominick and Lauren Lacey each had 14 points, Natasha Williams had 13, Kelly Roysland had 12 and April Calhoun scored 11 for the Gophers (2-0), who won their tournament for the sixth straight year.
Minnesota, which led by 12 with seven minutes to play, had its lead whittled to two after Candice Wiggins hit a three-pointer with 2 minutes 40 seconds remaining.
Wiggins led the Cardinal (1-1) with 21 points.
* NOTRE DAME 71, WESTERN MICHIGAN 68: Megan Duffy scored 19 points to lead the 15th-ranked Fighting Irish at home.
Freshman Lindsay Schrader added 11 points and reserve Courtney LaVere had 10 points for Notre Dame (2-0).
Casey Rost had a career-high 29 points in her first game in a year for the Broncos (0-1). Rost, who added a career-high seven three-pointers, had been sidelined by a knee injury.
* DUKE 93, OLD DOMINION 56: Abby Waner scored 17 points and Lindsey Harding added 16 to lead the top-ranked Blue Devils. Visiting Duke (2-0) scored 20 consecutive points in a span of about 6 minutes to take a 26-4 lead.
Old Dominion (0-1) was playing without two injured starters.
* SAINT JOSEPH'S 54, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 52: Whitney Ffrench made two free throws in the final seconds to lead the upset of the 23rd-ranked Wolfpack in Philadelphia.
Trailing 52-51, Ffrench hit both free throws with two seconds left to put the Hawks (2-0) up by one point.
After North Carolina State sent a long pass out of bounds, the Wolfpack (1-1) was forced to foul. Ayahna Cornish made 1 of 2 free throws with 1.3 seconds left for the final margin.
* ARIZONA STATE 67, SAN DIEGO 63: Emily Westerberg had 14 points and eight rebounds and Kristen Kovesdy added 12 points for the No. 20 Sun Devils (3-0) on the road.