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Rutgers shuts off UConn

Chelsea Newton scored 19 points, and Rutgers snapped a 12-game losing streak to Connecticut with a 76-62 victory yesterday at Piscataway, N.J.

The 11th-ranked Scarlet Knights (18-5, 9-2 Big East) beat the No. 10 Huskies (16-6, 9-2) for just the second time in seven years when they posted a a 74-70 home win Feb. 10, 1998.

Rutgers and UConn (16-6, 9-2) are tied for second in the conference, a half-game behind No. 6 Notre Dame. The Scarlet Knights remained unbeaten at home, winning their 11th straight.

Ann Strother had 20 points for UConn, which beat Rutgers by 13 points Feb. 3.

Cappie Pondexter tallied 18 points for the Scarlet Knights.

LSU 66, South Carolina 36 -- Freshman Sylvia Fowles scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds and the No. 1 Lady Tigers (23-1, 10-0 Southeastern Conference) shook off a slow start by scoring the first 24 points of the second half to turn a 7-point game at the break into a blowout at Columbia, S.C.

Ohio St. 67, Iowa 60 -- Jessica Davenport scored 21 points and converted a key 3-point play late in the game that enabled the No. 2 Buckeyes (24-2, 11-1 Big Ten) to hold off the Hawkeyes (16-7, 5-7) at Iowa City for their 13th straight victory.

Duke 60, Maryland 49 -- Monique Currie scored 14 points, and the No. 3 Blue Devils (23-2, 9-1 Atlatic Coast Conference) beat the 19th-ranked Terrapins (17-6, 6-5) at College Park, Md., before the largest crowd (17,243) ever to watch an ACC women's game.

Tennessee 72, Vanderbilt 63 -- Shyra Ely scored 18 points, Shanna Zolman and Tye'sha Fluker each had 14 and the fifth-ranked Lady Vols (19-4, 9-1 SEC) held off the Commodores (17-6, 6-4) at Knoxville, Tenn.

Michigan St. 84, Wisconsin 60 -- At Madison, Wis., Lindsay Bowen scored 18 points and Victoria Lucas-Perry added 17, as the No. 9 Spartans (22-3, 11-2 Big Ten) routed the Badgers to pull within one victory of tying the school record for wins in a season, set in 1976-77.

Minnesota 71, Purdue 49 -- Shannon Schonrock hit all four of her 3-pointers to help the No. 12 Golden Gophers (19-5, 9-3 Big Ten) bounce back from Thursday's loss to Michigan State by routing the Boilermakers in Minneapolis.

Temple 70, URI 56 -- At Philadelphia, Cynthia Jordan scored 16 points, and Kamesha Hairston and Jennifer Owens each added 12 to help the No. 20 Owls (20-3, 12-0) to their 17th straight victory and earn a bye in the first round of next month's Atlantic-10 tournament.

Lehigh 73, Holy Cross 63 -- At Bethlehem, Pa., Jessica DePalo led four players in double figures with 20 points and the Mountain Hawks (17-7, 9-2) rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to hand the Crusaders (17-7, 10-1) their first Patriot League loss.

Xavier 65, UMass 55 -- Tara Boothe led the way with 21 points as the Musketeers (16-7, 10-2 Atlantic-10) turned back the Minutewomen (13-10, 6-6) in Cincinnati.

Seton Hall 51, Providence 39 -- Ashley Bush and Amber Harris each scored 13 points and Bush grabbed 13 rebounds as the Pirates (14-9, 6-6 Big East) rolled over the Friars (1-21, 0-11) at South Orange, N.J.

Rochester 61, Brandeis 42 -- Jessie Graham scored 15 points and the host Yellowjackets (14-8, 6-5 UAA) upset the Judges (18-3, 8-3) by holding Brandeis without a field goal for the first 17:31 of the second half.

Hockey

UNH 5, Maine 0 -- Taylor Palazeti and Stephanie Jones each scored two goals to lead the league-leading Wildcats (19-5-4, 11-1-1 Hockey East) over the Black Bears at Orono, Maine.

UConn 3, Providence 2 -- Natalie Vibert's power-play goal midway through the third period snapped a 2-2 tie and completed a weekend sweep of the No. 10 Friars (15-9-4, 10-3-1 Hockey East) by the Huskies (11-11-6, 7-5-2) at Storrs, Conn.

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