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Florida Gators women's basketball team shuts down Mississippi

Florida’s Trumae Lucas, who scored 13, shoots in front of Mississippi’s Bianca Thomas during the second half.

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Florida’s Trumae Lucas, who scored 13, shoots in front of Mississippi’s Bianca Thomas during the second half.

GAINESVILLE — Steffi Sorensen and Trumae Lucas scored 13 each as No. 15 Florida beat Mississippi 75-54 on Sunday.

Marshae Dotson and Sha Brooks added 11 points each for Florida, which is 11-0 at home. The Gators shot 41.5 percent from the field, including 7-of-23 from 3-point range, and missed 11 free throws. But they made up for it by forcing 22 turnovers and getting 20 offensive rebounds.

"Plays were being made all over the floor today, offense, defense and rebounding," coach Amanda Butler said after Florida's first win against Ole Miss in Gainesville since Feb. 28, 2003. "It was a fantastic team win. … We just had such great balance with our minutes, our rebounding, our scoring and just overall with our playmaking."

The Gators (18-2, 4-1 SEC) were up 60-37 with 6:38 left, but the Rebels (13-6, 2-3) used a 13-0 run to get back in it. Lucas ended Florida's drought with a 3-pointer, and the Gators outscored Ole Miss 12-4 the rest of the way.

"I just knew that we had to keep being aggressive and I knew that they were going to try to trap on the wings," Lucas said. "I just spread out on the wing, Sha found me and I was able to knock it down."

Bianca Thomas had 18 points and seven rebounds for the Rebels, who shot 30.5 percent and made 3 of 20 3 pointers. Shawn Goff added 12 points and seven rebounds.

Tar Heels fall again

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Kristi Toliver scored 18 of her 23 in the second half, and No. 12 Maryland handed No. 2 North Carolina its third straight loss 77-71.

Toliver scored 11 in a 13-0 run that put the Terrapins (16-3, 4-1 ACC) up by 12 with 14:24 left en route to their 29th straight win at home. The Tar Heels (17-3, 3-2) hadn't lost three in a row since Jan. 17-24, 2002.

NO. 3 OKLA. 89, NO. 14 TEXAS 69: Courtney Paris had 23 points and a season-best 21 rebounds, and Danielle Robinson added 18 points and eight assists for the host Sooners (16-2, 5-0 Big 12). The Longhorns (14-4, 2-2) gave up their most points this season and were outrebounded 43-24.

NO. 4 DUKE 60, GA. TECH 34: Abby Waner scored 14 and the host Blue Devils (17-1, 5-0 ACC) won their 15th straight by forcing the Yellow Jackets into one of the worst offensive performances in school history.

NO. 6 AUBURN 82, NO. 10 TENN. 68: DeWanna Bonner scored a career-high 35 for the host Tigers (20-0, 5-0 SEC), who beat the Volunteers (15-4, 4-2) for the first time in 17 games in front of a school-record 12,067 fans.

NO. 17 VANDY 66, S.C. 56: Merideth Marsh scored 15 as the visiting Commodores (15-5, 4-1) overcame their first SEC loss with their eighth straight win over the Gamecocks.

NO. 19 OHIO ST. 71, PURDUE 60: Jantel Lavender scored 21 and Samantha Prahalis had 13 points and six assists for the visiting Buckeyes (16-3, 7-1 Big Ten), who moved past Indiana into first place in the conference with their 10th win in 11 games.

NO. 20 MARIST 71, ST. PETER'S 58: Rachele Fitz scored 14 of her 16 in the second half to tie the career scoring record for the visiting Red Foxes (18-2, 9-1 MAAC). Fitz caught Ursula Winter, who scored 1,587 from 1981-85.

NO. 23 NEW MEXICO 75, TCU 63: Georonika Jackson scored a career-high 23 for the host Lobos (15-3, 4-1 Mountain West), including nine straight during a 12-2 second-half run that blew it open.

Florida Gators women's basketball team shuts down Mississippi 01/25/09 [Last modified: Sunday, January 25, 2009 10:42pm]
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