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Summitt stands alone with her 880th victory

Pat Summitt stands alone at the top of NCAA basketball.

The Tennessee coach broke Dean Smith's career victory record last night, getting No. 880 in the Lady Vols' 75-54 win over Purdue in the second round of the NCAA women's tournament in Knoxville, Tenn.

Summitt tied Smith at 879 with an easy win over Western Carolina in the first round Sunday night and passed the former North Carolina men's coach with another convincing victory. Summitt improved to 880-171, while Smith was 879-254 when he retired in 1997 after 36 years with the Tar Heels.

"Obviously, to be in the company with Coach Smith, to think about all the people that were a part of these wins, I never thought I'd live this long," Summitt said.

After the game, NCAA officials presented Summitt with the game ball and a plaque. And the university announced the court at Thompson-Boling Arena will be named "The Summitt."

Summitt, 52, waved to the crowd and hugged family members, who came down to the court to celebrate with her. The team posed for a picture with the players holding up newspaper pages with a huge 880 in orange on the front.

"That's what it's all about," Summitt said. "We talk about the wins and the trophies, but it's all about the people. The players have influenced me more than I have influenced them."

Top-seeded Tennessee (28-4), seeking its seventh national title under Summitt, advanced to face fourth-seeded Texas Tech in the semifinals of the Philadelphia Regional Sunday.

"First and foremost, we're going to the Sweet 16," Summitt said.

Ninth-seeded Purdue (17-13) tried its best to stall Summitt's chase, hanging tough with the Lady Vols in the first half.

But Tennessee's defense was too much for Purdue in the second half. The Boilermakers didn't have a field goal in the first 6:35 of the second half, while the Lady Vols pushed their lead to 20 with a 19-6 run.

Tye'sha Fluker tied a career-high with 18 points and had 10 rebounds while Shyra Ely added 16 points, Shanna Zolman 15, and Nicky Anosike 11.

Sharika Webb had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Katie Gearlds added 13 for the Boilermakers, who made only four field goals in the second half.

Liberty 88, DePaul 79 -- One upset simply wasn't enough for the Flames. Katie Feenstra had 29 points and 13 rebounds, and Liberty followed up its first NCAA tournament victory by shocking the Blue Demons in College Park, Md.

Liberty weathered a 16-0 run in the second half to become only the second 13th seed to advance to the round of 16, duplicating Texas A&M's feat in 1994. The Flames were 0-8 in tournament play before stunning fourth-seeded Penn State, 78-70, Sunday.

Liberty (26-6) advanced to the Chattanooga Regional semifinals and Saturday will face top-seeded Louisiana State, a 76-43 winner over Arizona in Knoxville.

Khara Smith scored 27 points, and Jenni Dant had 26 for fifth-seeded DePaul (26-5).

Liberty's chancellor, the Rev. Jerry Falwell, watched in a front-row seat at midcourt. Falwell and the school band were absent from the opening-round game, but both made the trip north this time to see if the Flames could pull off another upset.

LSU 76, Arizona 43 -- Temeka Johnson scored all 14 of her points in the first half and had 10 assists to help the Lady Tigers rout the Wildcats.

LSU (31-2), the tournament's No. 1 overall seed, received a perfect shooting night from Johnson, who was 4 of 4 from the field, including two 3-pointers, and 4 of 4 at the line. She did not attempt a shot in the second half, and it wasn't needed.

LSU scoring leader Seimone Augustus finished with 18 points on 7-of-18 shooting before she went to the bench with about 10 minutes left. Scholanda Hoston added 12 points for LSU.

The ninth-seeded Wildcats (20-12) were unable to match LSU's speed and hustle in transition as the Lady Tigers ran out to an 11-0 lead and had a 20-point advantage with 7:22 left in the half.

North Carolina 71, George Washington 47 -- In Chapel Hill, N.C., the Tar Heels' longest winning streak in eight years has carried them into the round of 16.

Ivory Latta scored 17 points to lead North Carolina past the Colonials in the Tempe Regional, helping the Tar Heels survive the opening week for the first time in three seasons.

Nikita Bell added 16 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 steals for the top-seeded Tar Heels (29-3), who have won 15 straight games since an overtime loss at Florida State in January.

Kenan Cole scored 11 points to lead the ninth-seeded Colonials (23-9), who struggled against North Carolina's aggressive trapping defense. George Washington shot just 25 percent and trailed by 18 points midway through the second half before the Tar Heels finally put the game away.

Ohio St. 75, Maryland 65 -- In College Park, Md., Brandie Hoskins scored 22 points, three teammates reached double figures, and the Buckeyes advanced to the round of 16 for the first time since 1993.

Jessica Davenport had 15 points and 9 rebounds, Caity Matter scored 16 points, and Stephanie Blanton added 12 for second-seeded Ohio State (30-4), which limited the seventh-seeded Terrapins to 31 points after halftime.

Crystal Langhorne had 22 points and 16 rebounds for Maryland (22-10), which was trying to win its first second-round game since 1992. It was Langhorne's 18th double-double of the season, tying the school record set by Vicky Bullett in 1987-88.

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