Rusty Rutgers Pulls Away Late From USC

Associated Press

Shawnetta Stewart scored 28 points and Tasha Pointer had 17 as No. 12 Rutgers pulled away from USC in the second half for a 76-59 victory Thursday at Piscataway, N.J.

Stewart scored 20 points in the second half as Rutgers built its lead to 21 points. She also had eight rebounds as Rutgers controlled the boards, 45-23. Tammy Sutton-Brown also had eight rebounds for the Scarlet Knights.

Rutgers (7-2), coming off an eight-day layoff since a victory over then-No. 6 UCLA, couldn’t shake USC early. Rutgers led 32-23 at the half, but USC (5-5) scored the first four points of the second half to get within five. Rutgers then went on a 10-2 run, with Stewart scoring six, for a 42-29 advantage.

Erica Mashia scored 15 points and Danielle Golay 12 for USC.


No. 2 Tennessee 106, No. 25 Texas 76--Tamika Catchings had 22 points and eight rebounds and Semeka Randall added 21 points to lead the Lady Vols (9-1) to victory over the Longhorns (8-4) at Knoxville, Tenn.

No. 4 North Carolina State 69, South Carolina 55--Terah James scored 18 points and Summer Erb added 15 points and 13 rebounds to help the Wolfpack (11-0) to victory against the Gamecocks (8-3) at Raleigh, N.C.

No. 7 Auburn 85, Coppin State 56--LeCoe Willingham had 13 points and 10 rebounds at Auburn, Ala., as the Tigers (11-1) won their sixth consecutive game in defeating the Lady Eagles (4-8).

No. 8 Penn State 80, Iowa 63--Andrea Garner had 17 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Lady Lions (9-2, 1-0) to a victory over the Hawkeyes (3-7, 0-1) at State College, Pa., in a Big Ten opener.


No. 9 North Carolina 70, California 65--Juana Brown made a three-pointer from well beyond the arc with 23 seconds left to lead the Tar Heels (9-2) to victory over the Golden Bears (5-5) at Chapel Hill, N.C.

No. 13 Purdue 83, Wisconsin 58--Katie Douglas scored 17 points and Kelly Komara and Shinika Parks had 16 apiece as the Boilermakers (9-2, 1-0) defeated the Badgers (5-4, 0-1) in a Big 10 opener at Madison, Wis.

No. 15 Duke 68, Georgetown 53--Georgia Schweitzer scored 18 points and the Blue Devils (12-1) used an 11-0 run in the second half to pull away from the Hoyas (7-4) at Durham, N.C.

No. 17 Illinois 63, Ohio State 57--Susan Blauser scored six points in overtime and Allison Curtin had a team-high 20 for the Illini (10-4, 1-0) in a victory over the Buckeyes (7-4, 0-1) in a Big Ten opener at Columbus, Ohio.

No. 20 Kansas 50, St. Louis 45--Jaclyn Johnson grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds and Lynn Pride scored 18 points as the Jayhawks (8-3) defeated the Billikens (7-4) at Kansas City, Mo.

No. 22 Oregon 66, Santa Clara 60--Shaquala Williams scored 13 of her 16 points in the first half as the Ducks (9-2) defeated the Broncos (9-2) at Santa Clara.

No. 23 UC Santa Barbara 76, Gonzaga 58--Stacey Clinesmith scored 15 points and had seven assists as the Gauchos (9-3) overcame a six-point second-half deficit in a victory over the Bulldogs (7-4) at Spokane, Wash.