College basketball women: Tennessee’s Summitt stuck on 999 victories
Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 3, 2009
OKLAHOMA CITY ó Pat Summitt walked off the court still stuck on 999 wins. Courtney Paris bounded away with tears of joy even though her remarkable double-double streak came to an end.
Whitney Hand had 20 points to help second-ranked Oklahoma beat No. 12 Tennessee 80-70 on Monday.
Summitt will be stuck on 999 until at least Thursday, when the Lady Vols play host to Georgia.
“I’m not concerned about a number for me,” she said. “I’m concerned about this basketball team investing in our system and not picking and choosing when they want to play hard.”
Paris, who had gotten a double-double in an NCAA-record 112 straight games, finished with nine points and 12 rebounds. It was the first game in her college career that she didn’t score at least 10 points.
“I’m sorry if I cry because I’m a crybaby,” Paris said. “I came here, and I wanted to win a national championship. In the midst of it, I’ve gotten this streak, I’ve had scoring records, I’ve did all these other things. Tonight, I wish I would have played better, but I realized we have all the tools we need to do what I really wanted to do. It’s just overwhelming.”
No. 4 Duke 69, Boston College 58
DURHAM ó Chante Black scored 15 points and Carrem Gay added 14.
Duke (18-2, 6-1 ACC) jumped back into a tie for first place in the ACC thanks to Florida State’s one-point loss.
No. 13 Maryland 72, No. 15 FSU 71
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ó Maryland guard Kristi Toliver hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer ó a basket similar to the 3 she made as a freshman to force overtime during a win against Duke in the 2006 NCAA title game.Cierra Bravard had grabbed an offensive rebound scored from underneath with 4.9 seconds left to give the Seminoles (18-5, 6-1) a 71-69 lead.