Georgia women top Stanford

From the Associated Press

Playing without star forward Tasha Humphrey, Georgia's No. 8-ranked women's basketball team held off No. 11 Stanford, 74-69, Sunday at Athens, Ga.

Cori Chambers led the Bulldogs (5-0) with 21 points, and Ashley Houts made four pivotal free throws in the last 30 seconds.

Stanford's Jillian Harmon and J.J. Hones each missed free throws that could have tied it before Houts, a freshman, sank two from the line for a 70-67 lead.

After watching her Cardinal make only three of 12 free throws, Coach Tara VanDerveer said, "Quite honestly, I think we just need some other players making plays for us."

Aside from Candice Wiggins' game-high 24 points, Brooke Smith's 19 points and Jayne Appel's 16 points, only two other players scored for Stanford (2-3).

The 20-year-old Humphrey is serving a six-game suspension for being charged with underage possession of alcohol.

No. 4 Tennessee 88, Middle Tennessee 64 -- Candace Parker had 16 points for the Lady Vols (5-0) but injured her right knee in a victory over the Blue Raiders (3-3) at Knoxville, Tenn.

"I'm good," said Parker, who sat out after the injury occurred in the second half as she was going for a loose ball. "I just sat as a precaution."


No. 18 Connecticut 86, Albany 55 -- The Huskies scored 21 fastbreak points and limited the Great Danes to two in a victory at Storrs, Conn. Last spring, in the first round of the NCAA tournament, Connecticut had to overcome a 12-point deficit in the final 11 minutes to win, 72-59.

"Last year we had a great team, but we didn't have a lot of guard defense," Connecticut Coach Jim Calhoun said. "This year, we're a little different than the team we had last year. If we don't run, we're crazy."

The Huskies (5-0) ran a lot, and scored 35 points off 21 turnovers by Albany (2-2).

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