Grant, USF beat UNLV in overtime

Offense and defense: West Virginia’s Madina Ali, right, who scored 18, steals the ball from St. Francis’ Allison Smith.

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Offense and defense: West Virginia’s Madina Ali, right, who scored 18, steals the ball from St. Francis’ Allison Smith.

LAS VEGAS — Porche Grant had 11 points and set a Thomas & Mack Center women's record with 20 rebounds to lead USF to a 59-54 overtime victory over UNLV in the Basketball Travelers Classic on Saturday.

Grant's rebounds tied for 10th most in USF history and were the most since Nalini Miller had 20 against Miami on Nov. 25, 2003.

Andrea Smith led the Bulls with 19 points, and Kaneisha Saunders added 12.

Smith missed a shot the end of regulation after UNLV tied the score for the eighth time with four straight points.

USF (8-4) faces SMU at 8 tonight on the second day of the tournament then concludes the event against Texas at 8 Monday.

More bti classic: Chassidy Fussell scored 14 and No. 23 Texas beat SMU 91-73. The Longhorns (6-3) shot 46.7 percent and led by as many as 24. Akil Simpson scored 17 for the Mustangs.

FSU falls at Yale 91-85

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Megan Vasquez had 25 points and freshman Janna Graf added 22 to lead Yale to a 91-85 win over No. 15 Florida State.

FSU (10-2) rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit to twice take four-point leads, but the Seminoles were outscored 13-3 in the final four minutes.

Courtney Ward had 19 points, Alexa Deluzio had 17 and Natasha Howard 15 for FSU.

Down to 4 players, st. john's wins: Eugenia McPherson scored a career-high 23 and No. 18 St. John's beat Southern Miss 81-50, overcoming a foulout and injuries that forced it to finish with four players in the Red Storm holiday tournament in New York.

Forward Da'Shena Stevens sustained a concussion from an elbow. Shenneika Smith, Nadirah McKenith (reinjured thumb), Sky Lindsay (Achillies' tendinitis flareup) and Centhya Hart (left ankle) also were injured.

"I looked down the bench, and everyone was icing," McPherson said. "We didn't panic."

It helped that the Red Storm had a 35-point lead.

Coach Kim Barnes Arico isn't sure who can play today against UC Santa Barbara in the tournament championship game.

The Gauchos beat Fresno State 64-62.

"Can we cancel the game?" she said.

No. 7 West VA. 83, St. Francis, Pa. 55: Madina Ali scored 18 and Asya Bussie had 17 as the host Mountaineers (11-0) extended their best start.

No. 13 Kentucky 84, Ala. A&M 58: Victoria Dunlap scored 22 to lead four players in double figures for the host Wildcats (8-1).

No. 14 Michigan State 88, Dartmouth 33: Reserve Taylor Alton scored 14 as the host Spartans (11-1) won their ninth straight, equaling the program's best start since 12-1 in 2004-05.

No. 16 Iowa 65, S. Dakota St. 54: Morgan Johnson scored a career-high 26 and the Hawkeyes (10-1) went on a late 13-0 run. The Jackrabbits fell to 75-9 at home since joining Division I.

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UConn women try to tie UCLA record

The No. 1 Connecticut women go for their 88th straight victory today against No. 11 Ohio State (2 p.m., ESPNU) at Madison Square Garden, which would tie the Division I record set by UCLA's men from 1971 to 1974. UConn would go for the record Tuesday at home against FSU (ESPN2). UConn's Maya Moore, acknowledging embarrassment at not knowing much about the UCLA teams, said, "I like to appreciate what they did for what they did and what we're doing in our special way. I don't think you have to say one's better than the other." Coach Geno Auriemma says, "it won't change my life that much," because he is proud that the Huskies already own the women's record. Ohio State's Jantel Lavender, the nation's scoring leader, says of the game: "I do want to stand in the way of the 88-game winning streak. You don't want to be on the bad end of a trivia question. We have what it takes to be a great team."

Tickets: The average price of resold tickets has gone from $11 to $18. On Friday, 13,295 tickets were sold (capacity is 19,763).

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