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Florida Gators beats Georgia for first time in 10 games in women's basketball

GAINESVILLE — Marshae Dotson scored 20 and Sha Brooks 15 as No. 19 Florida beat Georgia 61-45 Sunday, ending a nine-game losing streak in the series.

The Gators (17-2, 3-1 SEC) beat the Bulldogs (11-7, 1-2) for the first time since 2004 on a day in which they honored the alumni who had played important roles in the program's 35-year history.

"It was a great day all the way around," Florida coach Amanda Butler said. "Personally, it was fun having so many past players here to enjoy it as well. It was great for them to see and to perform this way in front of not only our alums, but a great home crowd."

Georgia's top scorers, Ashley Houts and Angel Robinson, played much of the game in foul trouble. Houts scored five and had seven of the team's 23 turnovers. Robinson had seven points and five turnovers.

The Gators trailed 31-30 early in the second half but used a 24-6 run to take the lead for good. Steffi Sorensen hit three 3-pointers in the spurt.

FSU 59, NO. 24 GA. TECH 49: Jacinta Monroe had 15 points, 10 rebounds and a school-record nine blocks as the host Seminoles (16-4, 4-0 ACC) won their seventh straight. Florida State put away the Yellow Jackets (13-4, 1-2) with a closing 14-3 run.

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NO. 3 OKLA. 71, NO. 8 TEXAS A&M 59: Danielle Robinson had 19 points and 10 assists and two other Sooners also had double doubles as Oklahoma (13-2, 3-0 Big 12) led all the way. The Aggies (14-2, 2-1) had been off to the best start in school history.

NO. 6 AUBURN 70, ARKANSAS 61: DeWanna Bonner had 19 points and 14 rebounds, and Whitney Boddie hit consecutive jumpers early in the second half to give the visiting Tigers (18-0, 3-0 SEC) the lead for good.

NO. 11 CAL 57, NO. 9 STANFORD 54: Alexis Gray-Lawson scored a career-high 37 and hit two free throws with 1:09 left that put the host Golden Bears (14-2, 5-0 Pac-10) ahead for good. Cal beat the Cardinal (13-4, 4-1) in Berkeley for the first time since 64-59 on Feb. 12, 1993.

NO. 12 MARYLAND 96, VA. TECH 79: Kristi Toliver had a season-high 29 points and a career-best eight 3-pointers as the host Terrapins (15-3, 3-1 ACC) won their fourth straight over the Hokies.

NO. 13 TENN. 68, S.C. 56: Alex Fuller scored a season-high 14 for the host Vols (14-3, 3-1 SEC), who opened the second half with a 15-4 run and beat the Gamecocks for the 36th straight time.

NO. 18 VANDY 75, LSU 67: Christina Wirth scored 15 of her 17 in the second half for the host Commodores (14-4), 3-0 in the SEC for the first time since 2000-01.

NO. 21 MARIST 65, SIENA 44: Julianne Viani scored 19 of her 23 in the second half for the visiting Red Foxes (17-1, 8-0 MAAC), who beat the Saints for the ninth straight time.

NO. 23 RUTGERS 76, MARQUETTE 53: Epiphanny Prince scored 23, and the host Scarlet Knights (10-5, 2-2 Big East) put it away with a 16-0 second-half run.

NO. 1 UCONN: Freshman guard Caroline Doty is out for the season after tearing the ACL in her left knee Saturday.

Florida Gators beats Georgia for first time in 10 games in women's basketball 01/18/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 11:39pm]
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