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No. 12 Florida Gators women hit school-record 13 3-pointers in rout of Arkansas

Florida’s Sha Brooks, getting fouled by Arkansas’ Julie Inman during the second half, had 25 points and hit four of the Gators’ school-record 13 3-pointers.

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Florida’s Sha Brooks, getting fouled by Arkansas’ Julie Inman during the second half, had 25 points and hit four of the Gators’ school-record 13 3-pointers.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Sha Brooks scored 25, including four 3-pointers, as No. 12 Florida pulled away for a 94-78 victory over Arkansas on Sunday.

The Gators (20-2, 6-1 SEC) made a program-record 13 of 21 3-pointers, including six of their first eight, and set a season high for points with their fifth straight win against the Razorbacks (12-9, 1-6). Florida also won its fifth SEC game in a row, tying for the second-longest league win streak in program history.

The Gators have won 20 for the first time since the 2005-06 season.

"We continued to show our versatility as scorers, and our 3s were falling tonight," said Amanda Butler, who joined Debbie Yow as the only Gators coaches to win 20 games in their second season. "When you're on the road, you never expect to shoot that well, but when you do, you have a chance to beat someone on their home floor."

After falling behind by as many as 15 points in the first half, Arkansas pulled within 37-30 just before intermission. Brooks then made a 12-footer at the buzzer for a 39-30 Florida lead.

After intermission, the Gators quickly built the lead to as much as 72-47 with 9:50 left.

Brooks added 10 assists for her first career double double. Lonnika Thompson came off the bench to score 16 and make 3 of 5 3s for the Gators, and Marshae Dotson had 16 points and seven rebounds.

Ayana Brereton and Lyndsay Harris led Arkansas with 17 points each.

NO. 16 TEXAS 58, NO. 4 BAYLOR 55: Kathleen Nash had 11 points and 10 rebounds as the Longhorns (15-5, 3-3 Big 12) bounced back from consecutive blowout losses. The Bears (17-3, 5-2) have lost two straight home games for the first time since the 1999-2000 season.

NO. 5 AUBURN 66, LSU 55: Alli Smalley scored 21 and hit all five 3-pointers, and the visiting Tigers (22-1, 6-1 SEC) pulled away early in the second half to bounce back from their first loss.

NO. 9 STANFORD 68, UCLA 51: Jillian Harmon scored 17 to help the Cardinal (17-4, 8-1 Pac-10) win its 24th consecutive home game. Stanford has won four straight and nine of 10 overall.

NO. 10 UNC 98, N.C. CENTRAL 45: Italee Lucas scored 17 of her 19 in the first half for the host Tar Heels (19-3), who led 19-1 before the Eagles made their first field goal with 14:19 left in the first half.

NO. 15 OHIO ST. 59, INDIANA 51: Star Allen scored 21 and Jantel Lavender added 17, and both had two baskets in a 15-3 surge to end the first half to lead the host Buckeyes (18-3, 9-1 Big Ten).

NO. 19 UVA 88, LONGWOOD 50: Lyndra Littles scored 13 of her 17 in the first half, and Kristen London had a career-high 15 points as the host Cavaliers (18-4) won their third straight.

NO. 20 VANDY 88, ALABAMA 64: Christina Wirth scored 21, including eight during a 15-0 run that put the host Commodores (17-5, 6-1 SEC) ahead for good.

NO. 23 XAVIER 74, ST. BONAVENTURE 59: Ta'Shia Phillips had 15 points and 21 rebounds to lead the host Musketeers (19-4, 7-0 Atlantic 10) to their 10th straight victory.

No. 12 Florida Gators women hit school-record 13 3-pointers in rout of Arkansas 02/01/09 [Last modified: Sunday, February 1, 2009 7:32pm]
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