Yow out for the season

North Carolina State women's basketball coach Kay Yow will not return to the team this season because of health issues related to her long fight against cancer.

In a statement released by the school yesterday afternoon, the Hall of Fame coach said she doesn't have the energy to coach the way she has before. She has missed the past four games, starting Dec. 22 against Columbia in New York.


Yow said she will revisit the decision no later than the end of the season.

"Stepping away from coaching is one of the hardest decisions I have had to make, but I have great confidence in the experienced staff I have been working with for such a long time and the character of everyone involved in the program to respond positively to my decision," Yow said.


Yow was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987, and the disease recurred in the 2004-05 season. Associate head coach Stephanie Glance has led the program in her absence. "Our No. 1 concern right now is the health and well being of Coach Yow," athletics director Lee Fowler said in the statement.

Louisville men: : A plane carrying the Cardinals to a game in Florida turned back after the pilots received a fire warning that turned out to be false.

Louisville spokesman Kenny Klein said no one was hurt and the coaches and players, including coach Rick Pitino, left the 41-passenger plane normally.

Top 25 men

Arkansas 67, No. 7 Texas 61: : Michael Washington scored 22 points, including a driving dunk with 22.5 seconds remaining, to help the host Razorbacks (12-1) upset another top 10 team.

Arkansas, which knocked off then-No. 4 Oklahoma a week ago, has won 10 in a row for the first time since 1995, the year after the Hogs won the national title.

Texas (11-3) played without 6-foot-10 senior Connor Atchley, who split his tongue in Friday night's win over Appalachian State.

No. 5 Connecticut 61, No. 25 West Virginia 55: : Jeff Adrien scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half to lead the visiting Huskies (13-1, 2-1 Big East) over the Mountaineers (11-3, 1-1).


With the victory, Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun moved past former Maryland coach Lefty Driesell into seventh place on the NCAA career wins list with 787.

No. 8 Michigan State 67, Ohio State 58: : Kalin Lucas scored 20 for the Spartans (12-2, 3-0 Big Ten), who have won eight straight and 26 in a row at home.

The Buckeyes (10-3, 1-2) have lost three of four.

No. 12 Clemson 66, Alabama 59: : Trevor Booker had 19 points to help the host Tigers (15-0) hold off the Crimson Tide (10-4).

Penn St. 67, No. 14 Purdue 64: : Talor Battle scored 21 points, Danny Morrissey hit a key three-pointer late and the host Nittany Lions (13-3, 2-1 Big Ten) continued their best start in 13 seasons.

Purdue (11-4, 0-2) played without forward and second-leading scorer Robbie Hummel (back) and guard Chris Kramer (sprained left foot), a defensive specialist.


No. 18 Villanova 89, Seton Hall 85, OT: : Scottie Reynolds matched his career high with 40 points, as the visiting Wildcats (13-3, 1-1 Big East) made their last 18 free throws to beat the Pirates (9-6, 0-3).

State men

GOUCHER 78, MARYMOUNT 64:: Darren Boswell (Joppatowne) scored a career-high 29 points as the host Gophers (2-8) avenged a four-point loss to the Saints (5-5) earlier this season.

Top 25 women

No. 1 Connecticut 83, S. Florida 37: : Maya Moore scored 24 points and Tina Charles had 17 points and 12 rebounds as the visiting Huskies (14-0, 1-0) beat the Bulls (13-3, 0-2) in their Big East opener.

No. 10 Louisville 76, Seton Hall 47: : Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) had 28 points and 13 rebounds to lead the host Cardinals (15-1, 2-0 Big East) over the Pirates (11-3, 0-2) for their 10th win in a row.


No. 12 Notre Dame 86, DePaul 62: : Erica Williams scored 20 points as the visiting Fighting Irish (13-1, 2-0 Big East) beat the Blue Demons (12-4, 0-2).

Syracuse 68, No. 17 Rutgers 54: : Nicole Michael had 15 points and 14 rebounds, Erica Morrow scored 17 points, and the Orange (12-3, 1-1 Big East) remained unbeaten in eight games at home.

The Scarlet Knights (8-4, 0-1) lost to a team they had beaten 29 times in 32 previous meetings.

No. 21 Oklahoma State 100, Centenary 57: : Andrea Riley scored 31 points to lead the host Cowgirls (11-2) to their 32nd consecutive win at home against a nonconference opponent.

The Ladies (2-12) suffered their fifth straight loss.

No. 25 Marist 81, Iona 58: : Rachele Fitz had her seventh double double of the season for the host Red Foxes (13-1, 4-0 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference). Kristina Ford had 17 points for the Gaels (9-6, 2-2).


State women

BOWIE STATE 85, LINCOLN (PA.) 55:: Junior Bianca Lee scored 19 points and sophomore Teaunsha Robinson (Poly) added 18 as the host Lady Bulldogs (5-5) defeated the Lady Lions.

Delaware State 59, UMES 57: : April McBride led the visiting Lady Hawks (2-8, 0-1) in their losing Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opener.

Keyhana Wakefield had 12 for the Hornets (4-9, 1-0).