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In tight game, UF gets final big play

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Lanita Bartley stole the inbounds pass under Florida's basket and converted a three-point play with 16.7 seconds left as the Gators earned a 65-63 victory at South Carolina on Sunday afternoon.

Ndidi Madu had a career-high 17 points and Jaterra Bonds added 11 to help Florida (12-5, 2-1 SEC) to its first true road win this season in a game that featured 13 lead changes and nine ties.

"We had huge plays down the stretch from some individuals," UF coach Amanda Butler said. "I'm so proud of Lanita because she hadn't played an especially good ballgame, but every time she came to the bench I kept telling her, 'You're going to make the play. We just need you to stay intense and ready.' "

With Florida trailing 61-59, Jordan Jones hit a 3-pointer from the right side with 1:31 left. La'Keisha Sutton followed with a driving layup to put the Gamecocks back ahead.

After a Gators turnover, both teams missed shots, setting up Bartley's winner.

NO. 24 FSU 61, UVA 51: Chelsea Davis had a career-high 18 points and Cierra Bravard added 14 for the host Seminoles (14-3, 2-0 ACC), who won their fifth straight game overall and third in a row over the Cavaliers.

Davis, a sophomore forward, shot 6-of-6 from the field and 6-of-7 from the free-throw line and added four rebounds.

"We knew we would need production in the paint," FSU coach Sue Semrau said. "And Chelsea did a terrific job making the most of her opportunity. You can see she is getting more comfortable out there each game."

Top 25

NO. 5 TENN. 86, OLE MISS 46: Shekinna Stricklen and Meighan Simmons had 18 points each for the host Vols (15-2, 3-0 SEC), who beat the Rebels for the 21st straight time and have outscored opponents by an average of 37.6 points in their past five games.

NO. 8 UNC 84, BC 83: Jessica Breland had 18 points and nine rebounds, scoring on a late tip-in after the Eagles cut the deficit to one to help the visiting Tar Heels (15-1, 1-1 ACC) hold on.

NO. 9 XAVIER 63, DAYTON 59: Amber Harris had 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Musketeers (12-2, 1-0), who haven't lost an Atlantic 10 home game in the past three seasons.

GEORGIA 61, NO. 10 KENTUCKY 59: Khaalidah Miller had 24 points and shot 10-of-14 as the Bulldogs ended a 25-game home winning streak by the Wildcats (11-4, 0-2 SEC).

NO. 11 MICH. ST. 63, MICHIGAN 56: Lykendra Johnson had 17 points and 17 rebounds to help the visiting Spartans (15-1, 3-0 Big Ten) hang on.

NO. 25 ARKANSAS 61, MISS. ST. 56: Sarah Watkins had 21 points to lead the visiting Razorbacks (14-1, 2-0 SEC).

In tight game, UF gets final big play 01/09/11 [Last modified: Sunday, January 9, 2011 10:09pm]
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