Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Florida State 60, No. 3 Texas A&M 53M
Tallahassee, Fla. — Trailing by 17 points in the second half against the No. 3 ranked team in the country, Florida State coach Sue Semrau issued a challenge to her squad.
The Seminoles responded, rallying to hand No. 3 Texas A&M its first loss of the season with a 60-53 victory Monday night.
Tanae Davis-Cain and Courtney Ward fueled a 20-3 closing run and Florida State had its first victory over a team ranked in the top three in five seasons.
Purdue 66, No. 8 Texas 55
West Lafayette, Ind. — Purdue finally got one.
The Boilermakers had lost all three of their games against ranked teams this season, dropped out of the Top 25 last month and were in danger of ending their non-conference slate without a signature win. This time, freshman guard Brittany Rayburn scored 19 points, and Purdue beat No. 8 Texas.
Purdue coach Sharon Versyp said the victory over a top Big 12 team could improve her team’s NCAA tournament hopes, assuming the Boilermakers carry the momentum the rest of the season.