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Florida State Seminoles upset No. 3 Duke in women's basketball; Florida Gators top Kentucky

TALLAHASSEE — The outside shooting of Florida State guards Tanae Davis-Cain and Mara Fresh-our brought down No. 3 Duke 82-75 in overtime Thursday to give the No. 18 Seminoles (18-4, 6-0) sole possession of first in the ACC for the first time since they joined the league for the 1991-92 season.

Freshour scored a season-high 21, including a 3-pointer that tied the score at 68 to force overtime. Davis-Cain and center Jacinta Monroe had 17 each.

"Their backcourt was absolutely a dominant force," Duke coach Joanne McCallie said. "We put 75 points on the board. That's enough. That's plenty. Of course they had something to say with their 82."

The Blue Devils (17-2, 5-1) allowed nearly 30 more points than their average.

"Wow," was coach Sue Semrau's response to FSU's highest points total in ACC play this season. "That says a lot. Their defense is tremendous."

NO. 12 florida 74, KENTUCKY 59: Sha Brooks had 17 points and nine assists to lead the Gators (19-2, 4-1 SEC), 11-0 at the O'Connell Center after their fourth straight win overall. Carly Ormerod had a season-high 19 points for Kentucky (12-9, 2-4).

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UGA 67, NO. 5 AUBURN 58: Angel Robinson scored 17 as the host Bulldogs upset the Tigers (20-1, 5-1 SEC), whose 20-0 start was their best since they won their first 28 in 1988-89.

NO. 7 CAL 64, UCLA 48: Ashley Walker overcame a sluggish first half to score 17 as the host Golden Bears (17-2, 8-0 Pac-10) won their ninth straight.

NO. 9 STANFORD 81, USC 53: Jayne Appel scored 19 as the Cardinal (16-4, 7-1 Pac-10) won its 23rd consecutive home game.

NO. 10 UNC 77, WAKE 66: Italee Lucas scored a career-high 27 and the host Tar Heels (18-3, 4-2 ACC) snapped a three-game losing streak.

NO. 13 TENN. 60, OLE MISS 59: Angie Bjorklund hit a 3 with six seconds left as the host Vols (16-4, 5-2 SEC) gave coach Pat Summitt her 999th win. She can become the first college coach, men's or women's, to reach 1,000 Monday at No. 4 Oklahoma.

NO. 15 OHIO ST. 52, MICH. 44: Jantel Lavender scored 17 and Brittany Johnson 13, and the host Buckeyes (17-3, 8-1 Big Ten) overcame 20 turnovers.

NO. 20 VANDY 72, ARKANSAS 61, OT: Merideth Marsh scored a career-high 21 and hit two free throws during a 13-0 game-ending run by the host Commodores (16-5, 5-1 SEC).

WOLFPACK LOSES FIRST SINCE DEATH: Shayla Fields knew everything would be different when she and her grieving North Carolina State teammates took the court for the first time since coach Kay Yow lost her long fight against cancer. Still, the senior knew it was where they should be.

"I know if Coach Yow were here, she wouldn't want to be anywhere else," Fields said. "And if she wouldn't want to be anywhere else, then I wouldn't want to be anywhere else."

Boston College denied the Wolfpack its storybook ending, leading all game in a 62-51 victory.

Florida State Seminoles upset No. 3 Duke in women's basketball; Florida Gators top Kentucky 01/29/09 [Last modified: Friday, January 30, 2009 12:12am]
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