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Thu. December 3, 2009 | Izzy Gould | Email

Gulf junior Nicole Adams surpassed 1,000 points for her career in a 64-49 loss at Boca Ciega last week. Adams, who currently has 1,041 points in three seasons, scored 18 points in the loss.

"I think it's a tribute to her working so hard," Gulf coach Mike Quarto said. "She works so hard. If you look at how many shots she gets, it's no more than anyone in the area who is a high scorer. Last year, we saw a lot of junk defenses that were aimed at stopping her and she was still able to score."

In four games, Adams is averaging 22.7 points per game. Adams said she knew about the approaching milestone prior to the game, but was too focused on Boca Ciega to concern herself with reaching the mark.

"I thought it was pretty amazing," Adams said. "I was excited when I heard about it."

Adams said she's able to have good offensive success because of the offense Quarto runs.

"It's structured," Adams said. "We're not run and gun. We have a lot of possessions. When we have the ball we usually get the score off it.

Adams said she currently has 50 schools monitoring her high school progress.With a 4.4 GPA and enrolled in Gulf's international baccalaureate program, some Ivy League schools such as Harvard, Yale and Columbia also have shown interest.

"I don't really have any preferences right now," Adams said. "I'm really open to whoever's interested."

The Buccaneers host Wesley Chapel tonight at 7.

igould@tampabay.com

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