Epiphanny Prince scored 25 points and Kia Vaughn added a season-high 12 as the 14th-ranked Rutgers women easily handled Army, 59-38, yesterday in the first game of the Maggie Dixon Classic at New York's Madison Square Garden.

Vaughn scored eight of the team's first 10 points as the Scarlet Knights (6-2) jumped out to a 19-4 lead.

Army (5-5), which had won its last four games, was able to cut the deficit to 10 but could get no closer. Alex McGuire led Army with 16 points.

Rutgers had struggled to win its last three games, averaging 22 turnovers in the victories. The Scarlet Knights had only 11 against Army.

"We were trying to do a couple of things well," Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer said. "We cut down the turnovers, and we made a much more conscious effort to take care of the basketball."

Connecticut 77, Penn State 63 -

Tina Charles had 29 points and 18 rebounds to help the top-ranked Huskies (7-0) down the Lions (5-5) in the second game of the Maggie Dixon Classic at New York's Madison Square Garden.

Tyra Grant scored 26 for Penn State (5-5).

St. Joseph's 77, Akron 59 -

Shooting a season-best 47.3 percent from the field, the host Hawks (5-5) dispatched the Zips (2-6) at the Gallagher Center.

The Hawks shot 26 of 55 from the floor with nine players contributing to the scoring column. They also handed out a season-high 18 assists.

St. Joseph's opened its biggest lead, 61-25, when guard Amy Gillespie converted a pair of free throws with 9 minutes, 6 seconds remaining in the game.

Gillespie, Brittany Ford and Jenna Loschiavo each scored 12 points for St. Joe's.

Kara Murphy paced the Zips with 14 points.

Texas 73, Tennessee 59 -

Brittainey Raven scored 21 points and the sixth-ranked Longhorns (9-0) continued their best start in 20 years by beating the seventh-ranked Vols (7-2) in Austin.

Kat Nash added 14 points for Texas. Raven and Nash made two key three-pointers in a 10-1 run midway through the second half that broke open a tough game and sent the Longhorns to a win over the highest-ranked opponent in coach Gail Goestenkors' two seasons.

Louisville 75, Kentucky 59 -

Angel McCoughtry scored 31 points to lead the No. 12 Cardinals (9-1) over the Wildcats (5-5) in Louisville, Ky.

The crowd of 16,337 set the Louisville women's basketball, state of Kentucky and Big East Conference paid attendance record for a women's basketball game.

Oklahoma State 85, TCU 80 -

Andrea Riley had 19 points and 10 assists as the No. 24 Cowgirls (4-2) avenged a lopsided defeat by the 19th-ranked Horned Frogs (8-3) with a victory in Stillwater, Okla.

TCU managed only six offensive rebounds and committed 18 turnovers.

Elsewhere:

Shalee Lehning scored 15 of her 21 points in the second half to help No. 25

Kansas State (9-0) to a 73-63 victory over

Texas-Arlington

(3-5) in Manhattan, Kan.