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South Florida's Shantia Grace sets school scoring record in win over Coppin State

ON THE MOVE: North Carolina’s Italee Lucas drives around Oklahoma’s Amanda Thompson during the first half.

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ON THE MOVE: North Carolina’s Italee Lucas drives around Oklahoma’s Amanda Thompson during the first half.

TAMPA — Frustrated with her shooting slump, Shantia Grace hit the gym Saturday night. The extra work paid off.

The senior guard set school records with 44 points and eight 3-pointers, and USF improved to 4-0 for the third time in four years with a 97-43 romp over Coppin State on Sunday.

Grace tied the school record of six 3-pointers in the first half and broke it a minute into the second, finishing 8-of-13 from long range.

Grace hadn't contributed much to the Bulls' early offensive fireworks, averaging 12.3 points through three games on 30.6 percent shooting.

"I really wasn't thinking about the school record in points; I was more concerned individually with my shot," she said. "I just stayed in the gym all night last night and worked on it, I hoped it carried over, then I hit that first shot and I was good to go."

The Bulls' previous high was 39 points by LaTonya Greer against Cleveland State on Dec. 18, 1997. Grace's high was 35.

Jazmine Sepulveda had 11 of her 14 points in the first half and added five assists and three steals for USF, which is 40-8 in November under coach Jose Fernandez.

The Bulls led 57-17 at the break, the seventh-most points in a half in USF history.

UF 72, NO. 22 FSU 57: Sha Brooks had 24 points to lead the visiting Gators (3-1), who took their first lead at 6-4 and never trailed again, leading by as many as 16.

Florida beat a ranked team for the first time in its past 15 tries and the first time in coach Amanda Butler's four-year career. The Seminoles (3-1) shot 32 percent from the floor and 22 percent from 3-point range. Despite Florida State's huge height advantage, the Gators outrebounded the Seminoles 42-35.

Top 25

NO. 4 UNC 80, NO. 2 OKLA. 79: Jessica Breland scored a career-high 31, including two key baskets in the final two minutes, to lead the Tar Heels (5-0) in the title game of the Preseason NIT.

After North Carolina's Rashanda McCants missed a one-and-one with 7.2 seconds left, the host Sooners (3-1) had a chance to win on the final possession, but Danielle Robinson's running 6-footer went over the rim as time expired.

Three Oklahoma players had double doubles, including Courtney Paris, who did so for the 96th straight game, extending her NCAA record.

NO. 8 STANFORD 81, NO. 3 RUTGERS 47: Jayne Appel had 19 points and 14 rebounds and Kayla Pedersen added 17 points for the host Cardinal (3-1), which won its fourth straight over the Scarlet Knights (2-2).

NO. 5 TENN. 94, LA. TECH 59: Vicky Baugh, in her second game back after knee surgery, had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the host Vols (3-1).

NO. 10 BAYLOR 83, RICE 58: Rachel Allison had 16 points and 14 rebounds and had her second double double of the season by halftime to lead the visiting Bears (4-0).

NO. 11 MARYLAND 88, UCLA 65: Kristi Toliver scored 26 to top 1,500 for her career, the 10th player to do so for the host Terrapins (3-1).

MICH. 50, NO. 13 VANDY 42: Jessica Minnfield scored 14 as the host Wolverines upset the Commodores (4-1), their first win over a ranked team since 2004.

NO. 14 TEXAS 105, FURMAN 51: Kathleen Nash and Brittainey Raven scored 22 each for the host Longhorns (5-0).

NO. 15 NOTRE DAME 102, BC 54: Becca Bruszewski scored 18 to lead six players in double figures for the visiting Irish (3-0).

NO. 20 AUBURN 87, NO. 17 OHIO ST. 80, OT: Sherell Hobbs scored six of her 23 in overtime to lift the host Tigers (4-0). Hobbs hit back-to-back baskets to spark a 6-0 run in OT that the Buckeyes (3-1) never overcame.

NO. 21 PURDUE 68, OAKLAND, MICH. 40: Danielle Campbell had 13 points and nine rebounds to lead the host Boilermakers (3-0).

NO. 23 TCU 89, SHS 75: Helen Sverrisdottir scored 17, and the host Frogs held off a rally to go to 4-0 for the second time.

South Florida's Shantia Grace sets school scoring record in win over Coppin State 11/23/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 10:18am]
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