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OSU women slump continues in upset loss to Duquesne, 71-67

It doesn’t happen very often, but the Ohio State women’s basketball team seems to be in a slump.

The blew an eight-point lead in the final 5:04 of the game and dropped a 71-67 verdict to the Duquesne Lady Dukes in Value City Arena.

The 13th-ranked Buckeyes are now 8-3 as they get ready to start the grueling Big Ten season at arch-rival Michigan on a two-game losing skid and three losses in the past four games.

With the win, Duquense ups its record to 10-3.

Samantha Prahalis (courtesy of OSU athletics)

Jantel Lavender scored 21 points with nine rebounds.

Head coach Jim Foster shook up the lineup after the blowout loss to #1 Connecticut, 81-50. Point guard Samantha Prahalis came off the bench for the first time in her 79-game career.

Tayler Hill also didn’t start because of a back injury but came off the bench with Prahalis in the first half at the 13:39 mark.

Prahalis scored 22 points to break out of her shooting slump.

compiled from staff and Ohio State athletics news

Buckeyes demolish Tennessee-Martin, 100-40

The number-2 ranked Ohio State men’s basketball team are now 13-0 after finishing their non-conference schedule with a 100-40 win over the University of Tennessee-Martin. It is the second time they’ve accomplished this feat under Thad Matta. The 2005-2006 team also achieved the feat.

The Buckeyes and Syracuse are the only teams left in NCAA Division I that have gone undefeated during the non-conference season with all of those games exhausted.

Six other teams are still undefeated but have non-conference games left: Central Florida, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Duke, Kansas and San Diego State.

William Buford (courtesy of OSU athletics)

Now, is time for the Big Ten Conference with better teams and games that will be close. They’ll travel to Indiana to play the Hoosiers on Friday.

The Buckeyes, in case you haven’t noticed, have won 31 of their last 34 games.

The game with UT-Martin, saw a familiar face in the crowd, former Buckeye star Greg Oden. He is out for the season after having knee surgery. The Portland Trail Blazers allowed him to take a vacation so he came back east to Indianapolis, his home and decided to take in a Buckeyes game. He is still a fan favorite, getting a big found of applause as highlights of his one-year career played on the scoreboard above the playing court.

William Buford came out of a shooting slump to score the first seven points of the game as Ohio State raced out to a quick 12-0 lead in the first three minutes.

Buford scored a season-high 23 points in 23 minutes of action. Deshaun Thomas added 20 points and nine rebounds and Jared Sullinger scored 18 points while grabbing 11 rebounds.

Reuben Clayton led Tennessee-Martin with 13 points as his team fell to 4-9.

UConn women sets new streak in basketball with 89th win in a row

UConn head women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma says there are two basketball winning streaks and that’s fine.

The UCLA men under the late John Wooden won 88 games in a row from 1971-1974 and they have that streak.

Maya Moore (courtesy of UConn athletics)

The Connecticut women, the number 1 team in nation, now has won 89 games in a row with their win over #22 Florida State in Hartford, Connecticut. The Huskies basically just blew out the Seminoles, like it has every opponent the past 2 1/2 years.

The UConn women have the streak for women’s basketball and all of basketball.

Maya Moore scored a career-high 41 points and freshman Bria Hartley added 21 points for the Huskies, who have not lost a game since April 6, 2008, in the NCAA Tournament semifinals. Only twice during this run has any opponent come within single digits, Stanford in the NCAA championship game last year and Baylor in early November.

compiled from staff & Connecticut athletics news

2010 BEEF ‘O’ BRADY BOWL: Louisville 31 Southern Mississippi 28

Beef 'O' Brady Bowl (by St. via Wikipedia Commons)

Justin Burke threw two touchdown passes and Jeremy Wright scored on a 95-yard kickoff return to give the Louisville Cardinals the 31-28 win over the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles in the Beef ‘O’ Brady Bowl in St. Petersburg, Florida at Tropicana Field.

Burke tossed scoring passes of to Cameron Graham and Josh Chichester.

Wright’s kickoff return made it 28-28 early in the fourth quarter, and Chris Philpott’s 36-yard field goal gave the Cardinals the lead with 6:30 remaining.

Louisville ups its record to 7-6 on the season.

Austin Davis threw for 205 yards and two touchdowns to become the career TD pass leader at Southern Mississippi with 53, moving ahead of Brett Favre and Lee Roberts.

The Eagles end the season at 8-5.


* This was the program’s ninth consecutive bowl appearance.

* Louisville is no stranger to Southern Miss. The two teams used to play every year when both were members of Conference USA. The teams kept playing even after the Cardinals left for the Big East in 2005. The Golden Eagles played at Louisville a year ago, losing in a thrilling contest, 25-23. The two teams will meet in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

* The Golden Eagles defensive front seven has been the team’s strength, they’re ranked 13th nationally against the run.

* Southern Miss’ run game with freshman Kendrick Hardy and an offensive unit that averages 203.4 rushing yards a game.

* The Golden Eagles lost three games in 2010 by a combined eight points.

* DE Cordarro Law is the defense’s top playmaker, leading the team in sacks with six and tackles for loss with 11 1/2. Law has four sacks in the last four games.


* The Cardinals were happy to be in a bowl game. No one expected them to do anything under first year coach Charlie Strong, the former defensive coordinator at Florida. The team was picked to finish last in the Big East after being 4-8 in 2009 and three bowl-less seasons under Steve Kragthorpe.

* The Cardinals opened the season at 3-3, a bowl wasn’t even in the future. But despite a tough schedule in the Big East, they endured. The Cardinals knocked off eventual league champion Connecticut and won at improving Syracuse and scored a win against Rutgers to end at a bowl-eligible 6-6.

* Louisville runs the football most of the time with running back Bilal Powell who averages 120.9 yards a game.

* The offensive line is one of the best in the Big East.

* Louisville lost five games by a total of a touchdown or less.

* WR Doug Beaumont led the team in receptions per game and is also a threat on punt returns, ranking ninth in the country with an average of 15.3 yards.

compiled from Beef ‘O’ Brady Bowl, Louisville & Southern Mississippi athletics news

UConn women’s win streak reaches 87 in a row; plays OSU next

Geno Auriemma's team approaching record-tying game of 88 in a row (file photo)

The Connecticut women’s basketball team needs one more win to match one of basketball’s greatest accomplishments.

Maya Moore scored a season-high 31 points, and UConn pulled within a game of UCLA’s record 88-game winning streak with a 79-47 shellacking of Marquette in a Big East contest in Storrs, Connecticut. The UCLA men’s team coached by the late John Wooden, set the Division I record in January of 1974.

The Huskies will go for the record-tying win facing number-6 Ohio State on December 19 at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

Tiffany Hayes and Bria Hartley each scored 16 points for the Huskies who are 9-0 overall, 2-0 in the Big East.

Angela Robinson led Marquette with 15 points. The Eagles are 7-2 overall, 0-1 in the Big East.

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