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Florida Gator women beat North Carolina State in basketball

moving up: Shayla Scott, left, hugs Taneisha Harrison after Pitt’s win over Maryland.

Associated Press

moving up: Shayla Scott, left, hugs Taneisha Harrison after Pitt’s win over Maryland.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Sha Brooks had 15 points and hit all nine of her free throws, including four in the final 29 seconds, as Florida held on for its eighth straight win, 66-61 over North Carolina State on Sunday.

Brooks, who started her 100th straight game, had a career-high nine assists, and Marshae Dotson had 13 points and nine rebounds for the Gators (8-1) in their fourth straight road game and fifth in their past six.

"This win is fantastic, it really is. It shows mental toughness that you can handle adversity when you play on the road," coach Amanda Butler said. "For us to be able to handle the travel and everything that comes with it and still get to walk away with a victory feels great."

Florida led all game but struggled to pull away from the Wolfpack, which twice got within three points in the second half. Shayla Fields had 25 points and Nikitta Gartrell 12 for North Carolina State, which lost its fourth straight overall but first in four home games.

"To take the lead in this ball game and never give it up is what I'm most proud of tonight," Butler said.

After Gartrell hit two free throws to get the Wolfpack within 43-40 with 10:11 left, Trumae Lucas, a Greenboro, N.C., native playing in her home state for the first time as a Gator, sank a 3-pointer from the corner in front of Florida's bench to ignite a 9-0 run. Lucas, a freshman, had a career-best nine points on 4-of-5 shooting.

FSU 86, TEMPLE 67: Tanae Davis-Cain broke the school record for career 3-pointers and scored a season-high 20 to lead the visiting Seminoles (7-2).

The FSU guard, whose mother, a Philadelphia resident, was in attendance, broke Wendy Hampton's mark with her second 3 of the game and 135th of her career. She wound up 4-for-4 on 3s and 7-of-10 overall after shooting 2-of-15 in her previous two games.

Top 25

NO. 22 TCU 82, NO. 3 CAL 73: Rachel Rentschler scored 16 of her 24 in the first half and added 10 rebounds for the Horned Frogs (8-2), who won the championship of the Colliers International Classic and snapped a school-record 33-game home nonconference winning streak by the Golden Bears (7-1).

NO. 5 TEXAS A&M 80, SMU 48: Takia Starks scored 14 of her 21 in the first half, when the host Aggies (8-0) scored 19 off 14 Mustangs turnovers and took a 43-18 lead.

NO. 6 OKLA. 87, ARKANSAS ST. 57: Courtney Paris extended her streak of double doubles to 100 with 24 points and 10 rebounds, and her sister Ashley added 20 points and 11 rebounds for the visiting Sooners (6-2), who started the second half with a 12-1 run to take a 59-33 lead.

NO. 24 PITT 86, NO. 8 MARYLAND 57: Shavonte Zellous scored 20 of her 26 in the second half for the host Panthers (6-1), who won their sixth straight and beat a top 10 team for the second time in school history. The Terrapins (7-2) committed 22 turnovers.

NO. 9 TEXAS 74, OLE MISS 50: Brittainey Raven scored 16 to lead four players in double figures for the visiting Longhorns (8-0) in a battle of unbeatens. Texas led by as many as 26 points in the second half and forced 25 turnovers in the game.

NO. 11 NOTRE DAME 62, NO. 17 PURDUE 51: Melissa Lechlitner scored a career-high 19, seven during a decisive 14-4 second-half run for the host Irish (7-0). The Boilermakers (5-3) pulled within 45-38 but got no closer.

NO. 12 DUKE 60, MICHIGAN 45: Chante Black had 13 points, and the host Blue Devils (6-1) overcame a season-high 30 turnovers.

NO. 13 LOUISVILLE 82, BALL ST. 51: Angel McCaughtry scored 21, 10 straight during a 19-4 run early in the second half that broke it open for the host Cardinals (7-1).

NO. 14 AUBURN 64, LIBERTY 53: Sherell Hobbs scored five of her 20 during an 11-0 second-half run to lead the Tigers (10-0), just the second SEC team to play at the Vines Center on Liberty's campus.

ST. BONAVENTURE 63, NO. 21 MICH. ST. 52: Katelyn Murray scored a career-high 25 and made five 3-pointers for the host Bonnies, who took a 10-0 lead against the Spartans (6-3) and never trailed.

CINCINNATI 65, NO. 23 XAVIER 55: Kahla Roudebush scored 17 for the host Bearcats, who pulled away from the Musketeers (7-3) with a 17-4 run over the last three minutes.

NO. 25 ARIZ. ST. 91, N. ARIZ. 65: Danielle Orsillo scored 13 of her 16 in the first half for the host Sun Devils (6-2) in the championship of the ASU Classic.

Florida Gator women beat North Carolina State in basketball 12/07/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 11:39am]
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