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South Florida Bulls women move up in Big East basketball with big road win against Syracuse

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Janae Stokes had 22 points and seven rebounds and Jessica Lawson added 16 points as USF earned an important Big East road win, 88-79 over Syracuse on Sunday.

Brittany Denson added 14 points and Shantia Grace and Jazmine Sepulveda 13 each for the Bulls (17-7, 4-6), who moved into ninth place in the conference with their third straight road victory.

USF, which has struggled with its shooting during conference play, shot 58.6 percent in the second half (17-of-29), including 4-of-7 on 3-pointers after making 4 of 17 3s in the first half.

After the Orange (14-9, 3-7) finished the first half on a 20-9 run to tie it at 38, the Bulls scored the first eight of the second, capped by Sepulveda's two free throws with 17:12 left. Syracuse responded with an 11-2 run to take its first lead of the game at 49-48 on Tyler Ash's fastbreak jump shot with 12:56 left.

Lawson's layup 25 seconds later put USF back in front 50-49. The Orange tied it twice more, the last time at 54 on Chandrea Jones' layup with 10:29 left, but Grace's 3-pointer with 9:53 left put the Bulls up for good.

Syracuse made another push, hitting 5 of 6 free throws to pull within 60-59 with 7:52 left. USF gradually pulled away, leading by as much as 85-73 on Denson's free throws with 38 seconds left.

NO. 15 FSU 75, MIAMI 59: Tanae Davis-Cain scored 18 and Alysha Harvin 13 as the visiting Seminoles (20-5, 8-1 ACC) won for the 11th time in 12 games.

Florida State led throughout the first half and took a 34-24 lead into the break after Harvin's 3-pointer. The Hurricanes tied it at 40 with 13:56 left, but the Seminoles went on an 11-1 run to take control.

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NO. 2 OKLA. 93, OKLA. ST. 75: Courtney Paris broke the NCAA Division I rebounding record and set two Big 12 scoring marks as the visiting Sooners (20-2, 8-0) won their 16th straight. Paris broke former Drake star Wanda Ford's record of 1,815 rebounds, finishing the game with 1,823. She broke the Big 12 record of 2,480 points set by Baylor's Sophia Young and Young's conference field goals record of 1,034. Paris has 2,481 points and 1,037 field goals.

NO. 3 CAL 76, WASH. ST. 54: Ashley Walker had 18 points and 11 rebounds as the visiting Bears (20-2, 11-0 Pac-10) extended their school record with their 12th straight win.

NO. 6 AUBURN 81, ALABAMA 54: DeWanna Bonner had 18 points and nine rebounds, and the visiting Tigers (23-1, 8-1 SEC) outrebounded the Crimson Tide 51-29 with 21 offensive.

NO. 7 STANFORD 76, WASH. 54: Jayne Appel scored seven of her 16 during a decisive 12-0 spurt to start the second half as the visiting Cardinal (19-4, 10-1 Pac-10) pulled away.

NO. 10 TEXAS A&M 86, NEBRASKA 43: Takia Starks and Sydney Carter had 13 points each for the host Aggies (18-4, 6-3 Big 12), who blew it open with a 15-4 run to start the second half.

MICH. ST. 52, NO. 14 OHIO ST. 46: Alyssa DeHaan scored 16 as the host Spartans moved within a half-game of the Buckeyes (19-4, 10-2) for the Big Ten lead.

NO. 16 TEXAS 77, TEXAS TECH 46: Earnesia Williams scored 16 to help the host Longhorns (17-5, 5-3 Big 12) avenge a Jan. 10 loss.

NO. 17 UVA 69, VA. TECH 61: Lyndra Littles scored 23 and Monica Wright 22 for the host Cavaliers (19-5, 5-3 ACC), whose switch to a zone defense helped them rally from 15 down early in the game.

NO. 19 NOTRE DAME 62, NO. 25 DEPAUL 59: Becca Bruszewski hit a go-ahead 12-foot baseline jumper with 50 seconds left as the host Irish (17-5, 6-4 Big East) snapped the Blue Demons' (18-6, 6-4) five-game winning streak.

NO. 20 VANDY 72, KENTUCKY 62: Christina Wirth had 20 points and seven rebounds for the visiting Commodores (18-6, 7-2 SEC), who overcame 23 turnovers by shooting 64 percent.

South Florida Bulls women move up in Big East basketball with big road win against Syracuse 02/08/09 [Last modified: Sunday, February 8, 2009 8:43pm]
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