Spirited rally falls short for Bulls

TAMPA — Bjonee Reaves hit two free throws with six seconds left as Cincinnati thwarted USF's comeback attempt with a 57-56 victory Wednesday night at the Sun Dome.

Shareese Ulis had 21 points for the Bearcats (8-6, 1-1 Big East), who blew a 36-24 halftime lead.

Leondra Doomes-Stephens tied her season high with 13 points, 10 in the second half, and Andrea Smith scored 12 for the Bulls (9-7, 0-2).

USF was outshot 56 to 24.2 percent in the first half, going nearly 10 minutes without a field goal. It opened the second with a 20-6 run, taking its first lead 42-40 on Doomes-Stephens' layup with 10:20 left.

Porche Grant's layup on a no-look pass from Jasmine Wynne put the Bulls up 56-55 with 11 seconds left.

Reaves then went straight downcourt and was fouled by Grant. Reaves then stripped Doomes-Stephens in the lane as time expired.

TAMPA 63, ECKERD 54: Lindsay Watson had 20 points for the visiting Spartans (10-2, 3-0 Sunshine State), who used an 11-0 second-half run to put away the Tritons (8-4, 2-1).

FLA. SOUTHERN 88, SAINT LEO 64: Michaela Hawley had 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Moccasins past the Lions (7-6, 0-3 SSC).

Top 25

NO. 2 UCONN 81, VILLANOVA 35: Tiffany Hayes had 22 points, and the Huskies (13-1, 3-0 Big East) recovered from the first loss in nearly 2½ years with their 70th straight home win.

NO. 6 W. VA. 67, SETON HALL 46: Liz Repella had a season-high 24 points, and her 3-pointer ignited a 15-0 run after the visiting Mountaineers (15-0, 2-0 Big East) saw an 19-point halftime lead dwindle to three.

NO. 9 XAVIER 83, MISSOURI 51: Center Ta'Shia Phillips had 16 points and 15 rebounds, and the host Musketeers (11-2) recovered from back-to-back losses.

NO. 13 NOTRE DAME 73, MARQUETTE 55: Devereaux Peters scored 18 to lead the visiting Irish (13-3, 2-0 Big East) to their eighth straight win.

NO. 16 DEPAUL 71, PROVIDENCE 38: Katherine Harry had 13 points to lead a balanced offense for the host Blue Demons (14-2, 2-0 Big East), who never trailed.

NO. 20 OHIO ST. 83, INDIANA 65: Samantha Prahalis broke out of a shooting slump with 23 points and Jantel Lavender had a career-high 22 rebounds for the host Buckeyes (10-4, 1-1 Big Ten).

NO. 21 IOWA 63, MINNESOTA 57: Kachine Alexander had 20 points as the visiting Hawkeyes (13-3, 1-2 Big Ten) rallied from a 13-point second-half deficit.

Spirited rally falls short for Bulls 01/05/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 10:54pm]

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