NEW YORK (AP) — Tennessee noticed 3 of its fantastic streaks finish this week because the 13th-ranked Woman Vols have a three-game dropping streak for the primary time in 33 years.
In addition they misplaced 3 Southeastern Convention video games for the primary time at school historical past. The group, which hadn’t dropped 3 in a row total since 1986, wasn’t a long way off from profitable all of the ones video games — dropping via a blended 8 facets. Tennessee misplaced to Missouri 66-64 on Jan. 6. The Woman Vols then fell at house to Kentucky 73-71 on Thursday, prior to dropping at Georgia 66-62 on Sunday. The primary two video games had been at house, the primary time they misplaced consecutive house video games since December 1996.
The Woman Vols blew a 17-point first-half lead in opposition to Georgia.
“A story of 2 halves,” Tennessee trainer Holly Warlick mentioned. “Whats up, Georgia used to be more difficult than us in the second one 1/2, more difficult down the stretch.”
Tennessee could have a possibility to finish its present skid on Thursday at Alabama.
Now not even UConn can say it had a streak that lengthy with out 3 directly losses. The Huskies do have a great run of no longer dropping consecutive video games because the finish of the 1993 season. Previous that yr, the group misplaced 3 in a row.
DID YOU SEE THAT?: Fran Belibi remains to be handiest in highschool, however the Stanford-bound senior has already long past viral.
Belibi dunked a one-handed alley-oop at the wreck off an help from sophomore Avery Vansickle. The megastar from Regis Jesuit in Aurora, Colorado, had 23 facets and 23 rebounds within the sport the group received 90-14.
KOBE: Former Lakers megastar Kobe Bryant used to be on the Oregon-Southern Cal ladies’s basketball sport on Friday night time. He introduced his oldest daughter Gianna to the sport and sat throughout from the Geese bench. Bryant got here into the locker room after the sport and talked to the group.
“I used to be so megastar struck, I do not bear in mind,” a flustered Ruthy Hebard mentioned Sunday after Oregon routed UCLA 72-52 for its 8th directly victory. “We had been all loopy.”
Satou Sabally, an admitted Bryant fan, had slightly extra readability.
“It used to be probably the most best possible days of my existence,” she mentioned, smiling. “He complimented my sport.”
HALL OF FAME: Former Tennessee ladies’s athletic director Joan Cronan and four-time WNBA All-Famous person Ticha Penicheiro are a number of the 12 finalists for the Ladies’s Basketball Corridor of Repute introduced Thursday.
The Corridor of Repute will liberate its professional 2019 magnificence on Feb. Four. The category might be inducted June eight. Finalists come with: Cronan, Penicheiro, former Ladies’s Basketball Coaches Affiliation CEO Beth Bass, former Delta State guard Debbie Brock, inaugural NCAA Department I ladies’s basketball committee chair Nora Lynn Finch, former trainer Lucille Kyvallos, former Notre Dame and WNBA heart Ruth Riley, former Wayland Baptist Flying Queens megastar Carolyn Busch Roddy, former Western Kentucky trainer Paul Sanderford, former highschool and Department II school trainer Bob Schneider, former Kentucky megastar Valerie Nonetheless and previous longtime Stanford assistant trainer Amy Tucker.
1 VS. 2: Most sensible-ranked Notre Dame beat No. 2 Louisville on Thursday, marking the 59th time that the AP’s most sensible two groups met. The No. 1 groups grasp a 37-22 benefit. It additionally marked the primary time that UConn wasn’t concerned within the sport since 2012, and the primary time it used to be a convention matchup since Feb. eight, 2007, when No. 1 Duke beat second-ranked North Carolina.
HOLD THAT TIGER!: It used to be a super week for the Clemson ladies’s basketball program. The Tigers beat an AP Most sensible 25 group for the primary time since 2012, topping No. 22 Florida State on Sunday. It ended an 18-game dropping streak to the Seminoles. Clemson additionally received at Miami on Thursday, marking the primary time the group had crushed the Hurricanes at the highway since 2009. The Tigers are off to the most productive get started in convention play because the 1997-98 season, once they opened ACC play Four-Zero.
STAT STUFFER: Tiana Mangakahia had her first occupation triple-double in Syracuse’s 90-77 win over North Carolina on Sunday. She had 34 facets, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and simply two turnovers in 36 mins. It used to be the primary points-rebounds-assists triple-double in program historical past. Mangakahia ignored getting one closing season in opposition to Miami, falling a rebound quick. It used to be the primary triple-double on the college since Cornelia Fondren had 12 facets, 10 rebounds and 10 steals in opposition to Howard on Dec. 30, 2015.
TIP-INS: Along with her 11 assists at Georgia Tech, redshirt freshman Mikayla Boykin tied a Duke freshman document. It used to be probably the most assists via a Blue Satan rookie since Feb. 2, 1980, when Patti Thomasson additionally had 11 in opposition to Appalachian State. A Duke rookie has dished 10 or extra assists a complete of 7 occasions at school historical past. Different freshmen to perform the feat had been Thomasson, Alexis Jones, Abby Waner, Wanisha Smith and Krista Gingrich. The 11 assists are probably the most via an ACC freshman this season. … Towson is Four-Zero within the Colonial Athletic Affiliation for the primary time because the 2007-08 season. The Tigers are tied atop the standings with James Madison, which is Four-Zero for the second one consecutive yr. … Boston School received two directly ACC highway video games (at Pitt and Wake Woodland) for the primary time since 2014-15. The Eagles are 13-Four, the group’s maximum wins since 2015-16, once they received 15 video games. … Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu become the college’s occupation help chief within the win over USC. She handed Lauri Landerholm when she were given her 609th occupation help Friday. … UNLV’s Nikki Wheatley scored 28 facets as opposed to New Mexico to steer the Rebels to victory this previous week. The win snapped a Lobo 11-game profitable streak, whilst leaping her two spots into 20th position in occupation scoring at UNLV with 1,148 facets, passing Jamie Smith (1,122) and Merlelynn Lange (1,129).
PUTTING UP POINTS: Arizona redshirt sophomore guard Aari McDonald become the primary %-12 participant since Kelsey Plum to attain a minimum of 30 facets in 3 directly video games after scoring 36 in a win over No. 24 Cal on Friday. Her streak ended on Sunday in opposition to No. 6 Stanford, however she’s the primary participant in Arizona historical past to attain a minimum of 15 facets within the first 16 video games of the season. Coming into Sunday, McDonald used to be the main scorer within the country.
WHAT AN ARM!: North Texas power and conditioning trainer Rick Lefebvre hit a complete court docket shot closing week. The college’s twitter posted video of the fantastic shot .
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