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Trojans take down Cardinal

LOS ANGELES -- USC coach Mark Trakh looked away on Stanford's last possession. The ball was in the hands of Candice Wiggins, which usually means a score.

Not this time.

The biggest shots belonged to Camille LeNoir, whose jumper with 8.1 seconds remaining gave USC a 73-72 upset victory over No. 2 Stanford on Sunday.

"That was fun," Trakh said. "I was waiting for the reaction of the crowd. When they went nuts, I knew we won."

LeNoir scored 21 points, including a career high-tying five 3-pointers, for the Trojans (9-6, 2-2 Pac-10), who ended a 10-game losing streak to the Cardinal.

"I was definitely feeling it," said LeNoir, who had been bothered all week in practice by a hip injury. "My teammates kept telling me to shoot. They got me open on a lot of pick-and-roll screens."

It was a lost weekend for Stanford.

Jayne Appel had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Wiggins added 17 points and Kayla Pedersen added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Cardinal (12-3, 2-2), which got swept in Los Angeles for the first time since the 1993-94 season.

Stanford had its nine-game winning streak snapped Friday night in a 69-56 loss at UCLA.

OTHER TOP 25 GAMES -- Amber Harris scored 19 points and Ta'Shia Phillips had 16, and Xavier handed No. 7 Georgia its first loss, 65-55 at Cincinnati. ... Tina Charles had 17 points and 16 rebounds, and No. 1 Connecticut handed Purdue its worst-ever defeat, 100-50 at West Lafayette, Ind. ... Laura Harper matched her career high with 27 points, Crystal Langhorne had 25 points and No. 5 Maryland rolled to a 110-46 win at College Park, Md. ... Shavonte Zellous scored 31 points to help Pittsburgh upset No. 15 DePaul 97-68 at Chicago. ... Ashlee Trebilcock scored 25 points to lead No. 21 Ohio State over host Iowa, 73-65.

Men's Top 25

No. 1 NORTH CAROLINA 90, No. 18 MARYLAND 88 (OT), at Clemson, S.C. -- What a way for the top-ranked Tar Heels to start the Atlantic Coast Conference season.

Wayne Ellington's 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds left in overtime lifted North Carolina to a victory over 19th-ranked Clemson.

Ellington finished with a career-high 36 points, none more dramatic than his pullup jumper from the left side of the key with the clock winding down.

The Tar Heels leaped from the bench as Ellington pumped his fist in celebration.

OTHER TOP 25 GAMES -- DeMarcus Nelson matched a season high with 23 points and No. 9 Duke shook off a slow start to beat visiting Cornell, 81-67. Kyle Singler had 14 points for the Blue Devils, who were coming off a 16-day layoff and eventually pulled away for their NCAA-best 58th consecutive nonconference victory at home. ... Alex Ruoff hit five 3-pointers and scored 19 points to lead West Virginia to a 79-64 rout of No. 10 Marquette in Morgantown, W.Va., giving coach Bob Huggins his 601st career win. ... Dante Cunningham made two free throws with 10 seconds left and No. 17 Villanova then forced another turnover to secure a victory over No. 13 Pittsburgh, 64-63 in Villanova, Pa.

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