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South Florida women's basketball team rolls over Central Connecticut

TAMPA — Alexis Givands and Janae Stokes scored 20 each, and USF opened with a 30-9 run through the first 8:30 Saturday en route to a season-opening 100-41 romp over Central Connecticut in the USF Shootout at the Sun Dome.

The Bulls face Loyola (Md.) College, a 78-69 winner over Harvard, in the championship game at 2 p.m. today. Harvard takes on Central Connecticut at noon in the consolation game.

Givands scored 16 in the first half, when the Bulls shot 21-of-37 (56.8 percent) and took a 53-18 lead. USF held the Blue Devils to 7-of-31 shooting (22.6 percent) and forced 16 first-half turnovers.

Stokes, Givands' teammate at Gulf Coast Community College the past two years, scored 11 in the second half as the Bulls continued to cruise. USF shot 38-of-77 (49.4 percent) overall and held the Blue Devils to 25 percent shooting (14-of-56) while forcing 33 turnovers.

USF's Jasmine Wynne had 15 points and added seven assists in the first regular-season game of her college career. Melissa Dalembert added 13 points, and Brittany Denson had nine rebounds.

Kerrianne Dugan led Central Connecticut with 12 points. Gabrielle Oglesby had 12 rebounds in her college debut.

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NO. 4 OKLA. 88, UC RIVERSIDE 57: All-America center Courtney Paris scored 18 to move past Molly McGuire into second place on the Sooners' career scoring list, leading host Oklahoma in the Preseason NIT.

Nyeshia Stevenson added 14 points and four steals off the bench, and Amanda Thompson and Danielle Robinson scored 13 each as the Sooners had six players reach double figures.

"We just have so many offensive weapons that if everybody's sharing the basketball the way we should and the way we are right now, anything less than 80 (points) should be a disappointment," coach Sherri Coale said.

Paris had her 93rd straight double double to extend a streak that's now officially an NCAA record. Researchers determined that the longest streak was 19 by Old Dominion's Anne Donovan, who recently coached the U.S. women to gold in Beijing.

NO. 7 TENN. 68, SAN FRANCISCO 39: Heralded freshman Glory Johnson had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the host Vols, who started two freshmen with Angie Bjorklund sitting out with back problems and Vicki Baugh recovering from knee surgery.

Tennessee celebrated last season's national championship by raising its eighth NCAA banner to the rafters of Thompson-Boling Arena, already crowded with banners commemorating titles and retired numbers. Player of the year Candace Parker carried the trophy out to the floor, drawing cheers from the fans.

"I think our whole team was excited," Johnson said. "I would say the upperclassmen finally getting to play with us in a game that counts and us freshman watching the banner go up gave us motivation for the next four years."

NO. 10 LOUISVILLE 82, TENN. TECH 49: Senior forward Angel McCoughtry scored 29 to become the visiting Cardinals' career scoring leader. McCoughtry passed Nell Knox's record of 1,899 points and finished the game with 1,906. McCoughtry also recorded her 41st double double with 13 rebounds.

NO. 13 TEXAS 66, DAYTON 40: Erika Arriaran and Earnesia Williams scored 10 each, and the host Longhorns cruised in the first round of the World Vision Classic. Arriaran came out strong off the bench, hitting four of her first five shots. Yvonne Anderson added eight points in her first game for Texas.

NO. 25 ODU 93, SAINT MARY'S, CALIF. 63: Tiffany Green scored 19 for the Monarchs, who used a 25-8 first-half run to pull away in the first round of the World Vision Classic in Austin, Texas.

South Florida women's basketball team rolls over Central Connecticut 11/15/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 9:49am]

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