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Here's the tipoff: another classic

The final 0.7 seconds of the 1993-94 women's college basketball season will be hard to top for excitement, but organizers of the 1994-95 tipoff event are going to give it a shot.

The second annual Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic will bring together four of the nation's top-rated teams, including two of last season's Final Four participants, for a pair of games on Nov. 19-20.

And like the Final Four, which ended with an incredulous three-point shot at the buzzer by North Carolina's Charlotte Smith for a one-point victory over Louisiana Tech, the Tip-Off Classic will be shown live on national television.

Stanford will play Purdue, a 1994 national semifinalist, at 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 19, and rivals Tennessee and Louisiana Tech will play at 1 p.m. on Nov. 20. Both games will be televised on ESPN from Oman Arena in Jackson, Tenn., future site of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.

Survey says: A study done recently by the Chronicle of Higher Education shows that little has changed in the areas of women and athletics in the past four years. Despite more awareness, an emphasis within the NCAA and several lawsuits, participation has risen just 3 percent and scholarship money just 5 percent.

Sailing, sailing: The historic first women's team to enter the America's Cup Challenge yacht race overcame a false start to take second on Friday in the first race of the International America's Cup Class World Championships in San Diego, a weeklong prelude to the five-month Cup season that opens in January.

America3, with Olympic medalist Leslie Egnot steering, spun around to restart after acknowledging the error, while oneAustralia, the only one of six boats not over the starting line when the race began, made it easily to the first turning mark.

But the women recouped, forging out to the left side where they caught a favorable breeze and slipped just ahead of oneAustralia before relinquishing the lead two-thirds of the way through.

Survey says, II: Women lead participation in 10 of 49 sports activities, according to a 1993 survey by the National Sporting Goods Association, with the biggest numbers in fitness-related activities.

Women showed the highest dominance in step aerobics, aerobic exercising and exercise walking, where they represent 88.7, 85.8 and 67.3 percent of participants, respectively.

"Women are a majority in five of six activities that would be characterized as fitness activities _ step aerobics, aerobic exercising, exercise walking, exercising with equipment and calisthenics," said Thomas Doyle, NSGA director of information and research.

The other activities in which women were a majority of the adult participants were traditional roller skating (63.3 percent), ice/figure skating (60.9 percent), swimming (54.8 percent), cross-country skiing (53.4 percent) and volleyball (52.3 percent).

Women are also slightly more likely than men to use a fitness facility, as 51.9 percent of those who work out at clubs are women, according to the survey.

Information from other news organizations was used in this report.