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South Florida Bulls struggle from free-throw line, fall to Louisville in women's basketball

TAMPA — Ranked opponents have given the USF women trouble this season, but not as much as free throws on Wednesday night.

The Bulls gave No. 7 Louisville a scare, cutting an 18-point lead to six with six minutes to play, but a frustrating 14-for-28 night at the line doomed USF in a 76-60 loss at the Sun Dome.

USF (14-4, 1-3 Big East) led 23-21 with four minutes left in the first half but saw Louisville (17-1, 4-0) score the next 17. Even when star Angel McCoughtry (17 points, 12 rebounds) fouled out with 5:07 left and a nine-point lead, the Cardinals pulled away.

"It was a three-possession game, and Louisville scored on four of five possessions without her on the floor. That's where we needed to buckle down and get stops," coach Jose Fernandez said. "We left a lot of points on the free-throw line, at crucial times, too."

Center Jessica Lawson had 14 points and a career-high 16 rebounds for USF, but guards Shantia Grace and Jazmine Sepulveda went a combined 6-for-27 from the field with 12 of the Bulls' 24 turnovers. The Bulls fell to 0-3 against ranked teams.

TAMPA 63, SAINT LEO 54: Caitlyn Mitryk had 15 points and 12 rebounds as the host Spartans (11-3, 2-2 Sunshine State Conference) pulled away from the Lions (7-7, 0-5).

FLA. SO. 75, ECKERD 68: Megan Dzikas had 20 points for the host Moccasins, who forced 29 turnovers by the Tritons (7-7, 2-3 SSC).

NO. 3 OKLA. 64, NO. 17 KANSAS ST. 48: The host Sooners (13-2, 2-0 Big 12) leaned on their bench to pull away from the Wildcats (14-1, 1-1) in the second half.

NO. 5 BAYLOR 68, NO. 20 IOWA ST. 57: Danielle Wilson scored eight of her 18 in a 21-2 first-half run as the host Bears (14-1, 2-0 Big 12) won their eighth straight. The Cyclones (13-3, 1-1) hit 10 of 16 3s in the second half.

NO. 16 TEXAS 74, NEBRASKA 60: Ashleigh Fontenette scored a career-high 21 for the host Longhorns (13-3, 1-1 Big 12), who pulled away with a halftime-spanning 26-5 run.

NO. 22 OKLA. ST. 79, COLO. 43: Kristin Hernandez scored 19 and Andrea Riley 18 for the host Cowgirls (12-3, 1-1 Big 12).

NO. 23 RUTGERS 60, VILLANOVA 51: Epiphanny Prince scored 29 and made all 12 free throws as the visiting Scarlet Knights (9-5, 1-2 Big East) snapped a three-game skid.

Men: Hoyas rout Syracuse

WASHINGTON — DaJuan Summers scored 21 and No. 13 Georgetown (12-3, 3-2 Big East) tied a season high with 12 3-pointers in an 88-74 victory over No. 8 Syracuse (16-2, 4-1). The Hoyas made 12 of 21 3s, a season-best 57.1 percent.

NO. 2 WAKE 83, BC 63: Jeff Teague scored 29 for the visiting Demon Deacons (15-0, 2-0 ACC), who tied the 1926-27 team for the best start in school history.

NO. 3 DUKE 70, GA. TECH 56: Gerald Henderson and Kyle Singler scored 19 each, and the visiting Blue Devils (15-1, 3-0 ACC) overcame a season-worst 39 percent shooting.

NO. 7 MICH. ST. 78, PENN ST. 73: Kalin Lucas made 6 of 8 free throws in the final two minutes, and the visiting Spartans (14-2, 4-0 Big Ten) built a 17-point lead before holding on.

TEXAS A&M 84, NO. 21 BAYLOR 73: The host Aggies made 10 free throws in the final 1:30 to hold off the Bears (13-3, 1-1 Big 12).

ILLINOIS 66, NO. 25 MICH. 51: The host Illini avenged a loss 10 days earlier to the Wolverines (13-4, 3-2 Big Ten).

MIAMI 62, MARYLAND 60: Jack McClinton hit a 3-pointer with 24 seconds left as the host Hurricanes (13-3, 2-1 ACC) rallied from a 17-point second-half deficit.

TAMPA 70, SAINT LEO 52: Rashad Callaway had 23 points, and the host Spartans (8-5, 2-2 SSC) finished with an 18-4 run against the Lions (7-10, 1-4).

FLA. SO. 86, ECKERD 78: John Thompson scored 24 on 10-of-12 shooting to lift the host Moccasins over the Tritons (7-8, 0-5 SSC).

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

South Florida Bulls struggle from free-throw line, fall to Louisville in women's basketball 01/14/09 [Last modified: Thursday, January 15, 2009 12:06am]

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