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WOMEN'S COLLGE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP

Tennessee remains unbeaten

Candace Parker scored a career-high 26 points and had 10 rebounds last night and No. 1 Tennessee remained undefeated with a 94-85 victory over No. 13 Georgia at Knoxville, Tenn.

The Lady Vols (16-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) won their 62d straight league home game. Georgia (11-4, 2-1) was the last SEC team to win in Thompson-Boling Arena in December 1996, and the Lady Bulldogs looked as if they could end the drought.

Georgia trailed by 9 points with 8 minutes left but cut it to 77-76 on two free throws by Sherill Baker with 3:53 to go.

Tennessee answered with a quick 7-0 run. Georgia wasn't finished and got within 5 after Baker made two free throws with 1:20 remaining. Parker followed with a fadeaway jumper, but that didn't put it away. Alexis Kendrick hit a three for Georgia to make it 88-84 with 43 seconds left.

Connecticut 92, Cincinnati 71 -- Mel Thomas had 16 of her 21 points in the second half to lead the No. 7 Huskies over the Big East newcomer Bearcats in Hartford.

Thomas, who grew up in Cincinnati, hit a pair of 3-pointers in a 20-2 UConn run to open the second half. The fourth-ranked Huskies (14-2, 4-0 Big East) made nine of their first 13 shots. The run helped UConn finally shake free of the Bearcats (10-4, 0-3), who played UConn close in the first 20 minutes.

Indiana 69, Northwestern 56 -- In Evanston, Ill., the Hoosiers' Cyndi Valentin (19 points) set an NCAA women's Division 1 season record by hitting her 61st consecutive free throw. Valentin hit her first attempt, then missed the next one and was 2 of 4 for the game. She is 78 of 82 (95.1 percent) for the season.

Ohio St. 72, Iowa 62 -- Jessica Davenport scored a season-high 34 points, grabbed 16 rebounds, and had 6 assists to lead the No. 8 Buckeyes past the Hawkeyes at Iowa City, in Ohio State's sixth win in seven games.

Vanderbilt 87, Miss. St. 48-- Liz Sherwood scored 16 of her 22 points in the first half and the No. 23 Commodores (12-4, 1-1 Southeast Conference) romped at Nashville.

Vermont 74, UMBC 60 -- The host Catamounts (5-8, 1-2 America East) had four players in double figures, led by Alexis Castro's game-high 19 points, for the victory over Maryland-Baltimore County (8-6, 0-3) in Burlington.

Fairfield 73, St. Peter's 65 -- Sabra Wrice led the charge with 25 points and the Stags (7-7, 4-1 MAAC) battled back from a 36-31 halftime deficit to top the Peahens (4-10, 0-5) at Jersey City.

Wheaton 52, Suffolk 49 -- The Lyons (6-6) rallied from a 32-23 halftime deficit in Boston behind 12 points from Becky Aitchison and 11 by Krystin Hickey.

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