Wednesday, February 7, 2001 Volume 66, Issue 91


 
 









 

UConn loses senior to injury

Women's Top 25 Notebook

Crystal J. Doucette

Thursday saw one of the biggest rivalries in women's collegiate hoops as Connecticut and Tennessee took the court in their last meeting before the NCAA tournament in March.

UConn's Huskies defeated the Lady Vols earlier this season in a possible NCAA final preview. Tennessee's outstanding senior Tamika Catchings was still playing with both knees and UConn was undefeated and playing at home.

But the Huskies were at Tennessee's house on Thursday. The Lady Vols gained retribution for their previous loss to Connecticut and the No. 2 spot with a 92-88 victory, improving to a 23-1 record.

Connecticut lost senior Svetlana Abrosinova during the battle to a torn ligament in her left foot.

Abrosinova had contributed 18 points when she left the court with nine minutes left to play. Her parents are still leaving Russia for the first time ever -- to see her sit on the sidelines -- for Parents' Night at UConn on Feb. 23. The trip will cost her family an estimated $3,000.

Top 25

Notre Dame is still undefeated and remains No. 1. The Fighting Irish had a relatively easy weekend, sweeping through Providence and Boston College on Wednesday and Saturday. After establishing its first 21-0 start and its first win over a No. 1 team (Connecticut), Notre Dame's eyes are fixed on a first-ever Big East title.

The No. 3 Huskies swapped places with No. 2 Tennessee after they lost to the Lady Vols. UConn pulled to 18-2 by knocking Villanova out of the poll Sunday, 75-39.

Duke remains at fourth while Purdue moves up one spot to fifth. No. 7 Georgia dropped two spots after a 75-64 loss to Florida on Thursday. No. 6 Florida climbed from ninth on Georgia's back while Louisiana Tech dropped to No. 8 with unimpressive Sun Belt Conference wins.

Iowa State has slipped to No. 9 while No. 10 Oklahoma holds on to its second week in the top 10.

Rutgers climbed to No. 12 from 14, but lost sophomore Kourtney Walton, who walked off the team for personal reasons. No. 14 Louisiana State dropped three spots with a 65-62 loss to Auburn on Sunday.

No. 19 Colorado leapt from No. 23 with an 85-66 rout of Baylor, knocking the then-No. 20 Bears out of the poll. Wisconsin rose to No. 20 from No. 25 following wins over Northwestern and Michigan State.

No. 22 Arizona and No. 23 Arizona State made an appearance in the poll this week by dropping then-No. 22 Oregon out of the top 25. Arizona dismissed guard Tysell Bozeman on Monday for not complying with team rules.

No. 24 North Carolina State rode into the poll with a victory over then-No. 17 Clemson. Now sitting at the bottom of the poll, No. 25 Clemson plummeted after losing to Maryland and North Carolina State in single-digit decisions.

Conference USA

DePaul received two votes from pollsters after upsetting Tulane on Sunday. Tulane received one vote for maintaining No. 1 in the National Division and No. 2 in Conference USA.

The Lady Cougars did not receive any votes this week.
 

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