Tina Charles scored a career-high 34 points and grabbed 17 rebounds last night, leading third-ranked Connecticut to its 11th consecutive victory, 81-67 over host South Florida.
"As coaches, we want a game like this every night," U-Conn. Coach Geno Auriemma said. "And we don't care that she's a freshman, and we don't care that she doesn't know about anything."
Charde Houston had 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Huskies (25-2, 14-0) clinched their first outright Big East regular season title in three years and remained unbeaten through 14 league games for the sixth time in the program's history.
USF (18-9, 8-6) lost for the fourth time in five games, letting U-Conn. gradually pull away after keeping it close for a half before a crowd of 5,241 -- a record for a South Florida women's home game.
Charles, who is 6 feet 4, made 14 of 19 shots and went 6 for 7 at the foul line to surpass her previous scoring high of 20. Her 17 rebounds -- eight in the second half -- were two shy of the 19 she had against Syracuse on Jan. 13.
· RUTGERS 69, PROVIDENCE 34:Matee Ajavon had 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the No. 21 Scarlet Knights at home.
Epiphanny Prince snapped out of a minor slump with 14 points for Rutgers (18-7, 11-3 Big East), which has won four straight and 13 of its past 15.
Chelsea Marandola scored 14 to lead Providence (13-14, 3-11).
· BOWLING GREEN 89, KENT STATE 66:Reserve Amber Flynn scored 21 points to lead six Bowling Green players in double figures, and the No. 18 Falcons romped in Kent, Ohio.
Bowling Green (25-2, 14-0) has won 18 straight and stretched its school- and conference-record winning streak to 39 against Mid-American Conference teams.
Kate Achter scored 14 points and Carin Horne had 13 points and seven rebounds for Bowling Green.
· IOWA STATE 64, NEBRASKSA 53:Megan Ronhovde, playing her final home game, scored eight of her 15 points during a game-turning run that carried the Cyclones past the No. 25 Cornhuskers.
Lyndsey Medders, also a senior, added 13 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists for Iowa State (20-7, 8-6 Big 12), which used an 18-2 run to win for the fourth time in five games and increased its chances of landing an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament.
Nebraska (21-7, 9-5) lost its third straight, all to unranked teams. Kiera Hardy and Danielle Page led Nebraska with 12 points each.
· LOUISVILLE 91, ST. JOHN'S 62:Angel McCoughtry scored 21 points, 17 in the second half, to lead the No. 23 Cardinals at home.
Louisville (23-5, 9-5 Big East) trailed 41-40 early in the second half, but outscored the Red Storm 30-12 to lead 71-52 with 7 minutes 56 seconds remaining. McCoughtry had eight points during the run and Helen Johnson had seven.
· SETON HALL 63, MARQUETTE 58:Ela Mukosiej scored 16 points and Monique Blake added 13 as the Pirates (17-9, 8-6 Big East) rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to defeat the No. 19 Golden Eagles in South Orange, N.J.
Krystal Ellis scored 25 points for Marquette (22-5, 10-4), which shot 20 percent (7 for 35) from the field in the second half and 28 percent overall.