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Sunday, February 13, 2011
Updated: February 14, 11:30 AM ET
February Frenzy turns into day of upsets


Sunday marked the first day of a special, two-day event in women's college basketball. February Frenzy, which showcased nine games on Sunday, supports women's cancer research and the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, in conjunction with The V Foundation and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.

This is the fourth consecutive year that ESPN is supporting the Kay Yow Fund, and February Frenzy marks two of the biggest days of the women's college basketball regular season.

Kay Yow, the celebrated NC State women's basketball coach for whom the Fund is named, lost her valiant battle with cancer on Jan. 24, 2009.

February Frenzy features 11 teams ranked in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll playing over the two-day span, including four of the top five teams in the nation.

Seven of those 11 ranked teams were in action on Sunday, which turned out to be a day of close games. And it's a fitting time for so many ranked teams to be facing each other, since the NCAA tournament begins in a little more than a month.

In Lexington, it took a buzzer-beating layup from Brittany Henderson with two seconds left on the clock to give No. 18 Kentucky a 49-47 victory over the unranked LSU Tigers.

Kentucky's defeat of LSU came after a very sloppy first half offensively for both teams, in which Kentucky turned the ball over 10 times and LSU did so 15 times. Kentucky, which averages 73 points a game, had scored just 22 at the half.

As the day progressed, it turned into upset Sunday.

No. 19 West Virginia fell to unranked Louisville 57-47. The Cardinals managed to win even without their leading scorer, Monique Reid, for the entire first half. Reid twisted her ankle earlier in the day and entered the game a few minutes into the second half.

It was the fifth loss in six tries for West Virginia. The game also made history, as Sunday was the first time Louisville ever beat West Virginia during regular-season play. Both teams ended the game with more team fouls than made field goals.

It took overtime in Queens, N.Y., to decide the matchup between two Top 25 teams -- No. 25 St. John's upset No. 17 Georgetown 75-71.

Late in regulation, Amanda Burakoski hit a 3 to tie the game and send it into overtime. Sunday's victory provided St. John's with a much-needed signature win, especially since prior to the game it was only .500 team in the Big East.

Tennessee entered Sunday with a perfect record in the SEC and a 14-game winning streak. After being down 28-15 at the half, the Lady Vols bounced back to beat intrastate rival Vanderbilt 65-57 to win their 15th straight.

Although it wasn't a February Frenzy game, there also was a big upset in the ACC on Sunday. The No. 21 Miami Hurricanes knocked off their fourth ranked opponent this season, defeating No. 10 UNC 78-66.

The final two games of February Frenzy will take place Monday evening. Maya Moore and the defending national champion UConn Huskies, ranked No. 2, will host No. 12 Oklahoma at 7 p.m. In the later game, No. 5 Texas A&M will travel to play the No. 1 Baylor Bears and Brittney Griner at 9 p.m. Both games can be seen on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com.