Mickie DeMoss paid a steep price for a dangling shoestring during Tennessee's last women's basketball road trip.
The Lady Vols assistant coach, formerly the head coach at Kentucky, fell while walking last Monday from the team's hotel in Stanford, Calif., to a nearby restaurant. She suffered a fractured radius bone in her right arm and injured the pinkie on her left hand.
DeMoss said that she was wearing a new pair of boots that she purchased while the team was in Los Angeles for a game against UCLA. Debby Jennings, the associate athletic director for media relations, warned DeMoss about the shoestring right before head coach Pat Summitt accidentally stepped on it.
"We were 30 yards from the restaurant," DeMoss said Tuesday. "I just thought, 'I'll just get it when I get to the restaurant.' "
DeMoss said that Summitt felt "awful" about the accident.
"I said, 'Pat, it's not your fault. I should've tied my shoestrings,' " DeMoss said. "Anybody could've stepped on my shoestrings. They're that long."
In Wednesday's games:
No. 14 Louisville 70, Tennessee-Martin 57: Shoni Schimmel scored 16 points to lead Louisville. Cierra Warren added 14 points for the Cards (12-2, 1-0 Big East) with 10 coming in the second half.
Heather Butler led visiting Tennessee-Martin (6-6) with 13 points.
Louisville forced 17 first-half turnovers but took only a 35-30 lead into the break.
The Cardinals slowly extended their lead in the second half to 53-40 after two layups by Shawnta' Dyer and four baskets in the post by Warren.
A steal and layup by Bria Smith gave Louisville a 57-44 lead with 8:21 left, but the Skyhawks cut it to single digits on Butler's three-pointer and Perica Glenn's putback.
Tennessee-Martin again cut the lead to eight at 63-55 after Jasmine Newsome's drive and at 65-57 with 1:03 remaining, but failed to score in the final minute.
Wisconsin-River Falls 60, Thomas More 50: Wisconsin-River Falls, ranked 14th in the nation, ran its record to 11-0 by beating No. 25 Thomas More in the first round of the D3hoops.com Classic in Las Vegas, Nev.
Junior guard Allison Long led the Saints, now 8-2, with 12 points, two assists and six steals.
Alise Holst had 17 points and Maranda Dohrn pulled down 22 rebounds for the winners, who padded a 28-19 halftime lead with a 15-2 run to start the second half.
No. 16 Michigan State 80, No. 13 Indiana 65: Keith Appling scored a career-high 25 points and sparked a 20-0 second-half run to help Michigan State hand visiting Indiana its first loss of the season.
Appling, who had 18 points in the second half, added seven assists for the Spartans (12-2, 1-0 Big Ten), winners of 12 straight.
Derrick Nix had 14 points and Brandon Wood and Draymond Green added 13 each for the Spartans, who shot 54.7 percent from the field and had a 17-5 edge at the free-throw line.
Christian Watford had 26 points for the Hoosiers (12-1, 0-1), who overcame an 18-point first-half deficit with a 25-2 run, only to see Michigan State dig out of a 54-45 hole.
No. 1 Syracuse 75, Seton Hall 49: Fab Melo had 12 points and 10 blocks, both career-highs, and Syracuse stifled Seton Hall at every turn in the Big East opener for both teams.
Syracuse (14-0) gained control with a staunch defensive performance in the opening half in building a 34-15 lead.
Dion Waiters had 15 points and Brandon Triche added 11 for Syracuse, which won easily despite a subpar performance from leading scorer Kris Joseph, who missed all six of his shots and did not score. He did have four steals and four assists.
Jordan Theodore led Seton Hall (11-2, 0-1) with 14 points. Herb Pope, fourth in the nation in scoring at 20.3 points per game, had only four points and nine rebounds.
No. 2 Ohio State 87, Northwestern 54: William Buford had career-highs of 28 points and five three-pointers as Ohio State showed off its perimeter shooting by routing visiting Northwestern in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
Jared Sullinger added 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Buckeyes (13-1, 1-0), who dominated the boards 49-30.
Deshaun Thomas had 16 points for Ohio State, which broke the game open with a 13-0 first-half run fueled by three-pointers. Jordan Sibert added 12 points, all on threes.
The conference's top two scorers, John Shurna and Drew Crawford, had miserable games. They were held to 11 and 13 points, respectively, on a combined 9-for-30 shooting.
The loss was the 31st straight for the Wildcats (10-3, 0-1) in Columbus.
Thomas More 78, Cincinnati-Clermont 70: Senior point guard Daniel Whelan scored a game-high 20 points to lead Thomas More on the first day of the Coach Jim Connor Classic at the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills.
The Saints improved to 8-3 and advanced to play in the title game against seventh-ranked Williams College, which beat Ohio Northern University 79-73 in the earlier game.
The Saints opened the second half on a 13-8 run to build on their one-point halftime lead.
Senior center Colt Stafford had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the winners.