CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Tennessee’s first game of the post-Pat Summitt era revealed in stunning fashion just how much has changed for one of the signature programs in women’s college basketball.
Taylor Hall scored 24 points Friday as Chattanooga stunned No. 20 Tennessee 80-71 in the Lady Vols’ first game under new coach Holly Warlick, who spent the past 27 seasons as an assistant on Summitt’s staff. Chattanooga never trailed in the second half and beat a ranked opponent for the first time ever.
Summitt, who announced last year she had early-onset dementia, stepped down in April after collecting 1,098 wins, eight national titles and 18 Final Four appearances in 38 seasons.
No. 7 Notre Dame 57, No. 19 Ohio State 51: Natalie Achonwa had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Irish in the Carrier Classic at Mount Pleasant, S.C. It was the first women’s game played on an aircraft carrier – the USS Yorktown.
No. 5 Maryland 88, Mount St. Mary’s 47: Tianna Hawkins had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Alicia DeVaughn contributed 15 points and 11 boards, and host Maryland.
No. 1 Baylor 80, Lamar 34: Brittney Griner scored 24 and host Baylor opened defense of its undefeated national championship with its 41st consecutive victory.
No. 9 Louisville 47, No. 15 Texas A&M 45: Jude Schimmel’s steal and layup with 24 seconds remaining won it for host Louisville.
No. 17 West Virginia 76, UNC Wilmington 47: Christal Caldwell scored 21 as the Mountaineers won their 13th straight home opener.
Texas 70, No. 14 St. John’s 60: At Daytona Beach, Fla., Nneka Enemkpali scored a career-high 25 and Chassidy Fussell scored 23 to lead Texas in the WBI Tip Off Invitational game.
No. 23 Oklahoma State 90, Cal Poly 59: Toni Young had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and led six Oklahoma State players scoring in double figures as the Cowgirls rolled at home.
No. 24 Miami 77, North Florida 24: Michelle Woods scored 19 and Miami won its 41st straight home game.