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Robbery spree caps furious UF comeback

OXFORD, Miss. — Depree Bowden converted three straight steals into seven points in the final 1:30 to spur Florida to a 72-66 win over Mississippi on Sunday.

Bowden had 10 of her 16 points in the second half and Sha Brooks scored 19 for the Gators (17-12, 6-8), who earned the seventh seed in the SEC tournament. Marshae Dotson had all 11 of hers after halftime as Florida rallied from a 17-point deficit, matching the second-biggest comeback in its history.

"I'm tremendously proud of our team," coach Amanda Butler said. "The things that happened in the second half had everything to do with a team that refused to lose."

Bowden was fouled after converting a layup with her first steal to tie the score at 66. Her second steal and layup gave Florida its first lead since early in the game, and the third clinched the win. Brooks finished the game with two free throws.

Carla Bartee scored 20 for the Rebels (12-15, 6-8).

Top 25

NO.  2 UNC 82, NO.  12 DUKE 51: Cetera DeGraffenreid scored 14 to help the host Tar Heels secure their first unbeaten ACC regular season.

NO.  3 TENN. 72, NO.  22 UGA 63: Candace Parker scored 30, most in an SEC game this season, in her final regular-season game for the visiting Vols.

NO.  5 MARYLAND 76, N.C. STATE 64: Laura Harper had 21 points and 11 rebounds and Crystal Langhorne had 20 points and 11 rebounds as the visiting Terrapins won their seventh straight.

NO.  6 LSU 64, MISS. ST. 49: Sylvia Fowles had 20 points and 12 rebounds to help the visiting Tigers clinch the SEC regular-season title.

NO.  7 STANFORD 74, WASH. ST. 52: Candice Wiggins scored 24 to become the Pac-10 career scoring leader, and the visiting Cardinal clinched its eighth straight regular-season title. Wiggins passed Southern Cal's Lisa Leslie with 1:25 left in the first half with her 2,416th point.

WASH. 74, NO.  9 CAL 66: Sami Whitcomb scored 24 and hit four 3-pointers during an 18-7 second-half run as the host Huskies ruined the Golden Bears' bid for their first Pac-10 title.

TEXAS 65, NO.  10 OKLA. 50: Brittainey Raven scored 16 and the Longhorns kept the Sooners from tying for first place in the Big 12. Texas handed Oklahoma its first home loss to an unranked team since 2002.

JAMES MADISON 76, NO.  11 ODU 63: Dawn Evans scored 19 to help the host Dukes end the Monarchs' 19-game winning streak.

NO.  16 UTAH 67, NO.  24 WYOMING 53: Leilani Mitchell had 19 points and 13 assists to help give the host Utes the Mountain West regular-season title.

NO.  18 OHIO ST. 74, N'WESTERN 50: Marscilla Packer scored 17 of her 21 in the second half and the host Buckeyes became the first team in 18 years to win at least a share of four straight Big Ten titles.

NO.  23 VANDY 83, ALABAMA 54: Meredith Marsh and Ashlee Bridge scored 16 each, two of 12 players who scored for the host Commodores.

.up next

USF at Marquette

When/where: 9; Al McGuire Center, Milwaukee

Radio: 1010-AM

Records: USF 14-14, 4-11 Big East; Marquette 16-12, 8-7

Notable: Saturday's 65-64 upset of Pittsburgh has kept USF's hopes of making the Big East tournament alive. Two things need to happen: Villanova needs to lose at Louisville; and the Bulls need to beat a team that beat them by 13 in Tampa. … Marquette is 12-2 at home, and USF has to play much better than in the first meeting, when the Bulls totaled 24 turnovers and shot 28.8 percent from the field. … USF has to contain guard Krystal Ellis, who is averaging 18.8 points and scored 30 in Tampa. … USF guard Shantia Grace, who hit the go-ahead layup with five seconds left Saturday, is sixth in the Big East in scoring, two spots behind Ellis, at 18.3 ppg. … A victory assures USF of at least a .500 record, which could get it into the Women's NIT.

Greg Auman, Times staff writer

Robbery spree caps furious UF comeback 03/02/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:24am]
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