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LSU women hand Florida Gators second straight SEC road loss

BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU had just the plan to take down No. 9 Florida.

The Tigers built a 16-2 lead in the first 10½ minutes and went on to beat the Gators 66-47 Sunday.

"LSU hit us in the mouth and we spent the rest of the ballgame trying to get up off the floor," Florida coach Amanda Butler said.

Allison Hightower scored 21 and LaSondra Barrett had 12 points and seven rebounds for the Tigers (13-9, 6-4 SEC), who won for the first time in six tries against a ranked team. The Gators (22-4, 8-3) lost their second straight conference road game after an emotional 66-57 win at home Feb. 7 against Tennessee.

Florida lost Thursday at No. 24 Vanderbilt, 84-68.

"We've been anxious for one of these wins for a long time. Now we want to play off this momentum and carry it over to the rest of the season," LSU forward Kristen Morris said.

In a matchup of the SEC's best scoring defense and the SEC's second-ranked scoring offense, LSU's defense had the upper hand. The Tigers held Florida to season lows in points, field-goal percentage (32.1 percent) and 3-point shooting (1-of-12).

NO. 1 UCONN 95, NO. 19 PITT 42: Renee Montgomery, who earlier became the first active Connecticut player to have her jersey put up in the Huskies of Honor, scored 20, and host UConn (25-0, 11-0 Big East) took a 19-point lead within 5½ minutes to rout the Panthers (18-5, 8-3).

NO. 5 AUBURN 63, MISS. ST. 58: DeWanna Bonner scored 25 for the visiting Tigers (25-1, 10-1 SEC), who have 25 wins for the first time since 1992-93.

NO. 8 UNC 73, GA. TECH 50: Cetera DeGraffenreid scored a career-high 22 as the host Tar Heels (22-4, 7-3 ACC) bounced back from Friday's loss at Florida State.

NO. 11 MARYLAND 67, RUTGERS 47: Marissa Coleman had 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Terrapins (21-4, 8-2 ACC) to their fifth straight victory and their 32nd in a row at home.

NO. 13 TEXAS 55, NO. 16 IOWA ST. 52: Earnesia Williams scored with 24 seconds left as the Longhorns (19-5, 7-3 Big 12) rallied to a fifth straight win. The Cyclones (18-6, 6-4) had won four straight at home against ranked teams.

N.C. STATE 60, NO. 17 UVA 54: Shayla Fields scored 19 for the host Wolfpack, which took control against the Cavaliers (19-7, 5-5 ACC) midway through the second half in the fourth annual "Hoops 4 Hope," event created by late coach Kay Yow to raise money and awareness for cancer research.

NO. 18 OHIO ST. 81, N'WESTERN 55: Samantha Prahalis scored 18 and Jantel Lavender had 17 points and 10 rebounds as the host Buckeyes (20-5, 11-3 Big Ten) regrouped after back-to-back losses and tied Michigan State for first in the conference.

NO. 20 KANSAS ST. 79, OKLA. ST. 71: Ashley Sweat scored 31 and Jalena Childs had 14 points and 16 rebounds for her first career double double for the host Wildcats (20-3, 7-3 Big 12).

NO. 21 XAVIER 78, DAYTON 57: Ta'Shia Phillips had 19 points and 12 rebounds for her 13th double double, and Special Jennings hit two 3-pointers during a 16-2 second-half run that helped the host Musketeers (22-4, 10-0 Atlantic 10) take control.

NO. 24 VANDY 80, UGA 64: Christina Wirth scored 21 to lead five players in double figures for the host Commodores (20-6, 9-2 SEC).

LSU women hand Florida Gators second straight SEC road loss 02/15/09 [Last modified: Sunday, February 15, 2009 7:15pm]
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