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USF Bulls women romp to sixth straight win

LOOKING FOR SPACE: Cetera DeGraffenreid tries to drive past Lacey Simpson during North Carolina’s comeback victory.

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LOOKING FOR SPACE: Cetera DeGraffenreid tries to drive past Lacey Simpson during North Carolina’s comeback victory.

TAMPA — Jazmine Sepulveda had 17 points and six steals and Porche Grant tied her career high with 15 rebounds, 10 offensive, as USF overcame a lackluster performance and pulled away for its sixth straight victory, 82-43 over Northern Arizona on Saturday.

Playing their second game in three days and coming off a 126-62 bashing of Grambling, the Bulls (10-1) committed 18 turnovers, 13 in the first half.

"I thought we played uninspired basketball today," said coach Jose Fernandez, who at 126-124 is two wins shy of becoming USF's all-time leader, men's or women's. "I can't put my finger on it, but we just seemed to be going through the motions. We had 18 turnovers today, and of the 18, nine came from our post players. We just can't have that. We need to protect the basketball."

Despite erratic ballhandling, the Bulls were in control most of the way. They converted 18 Lumberjacks turnovers into 18 points in the first half and led 45-19 at the break, holding an opponent under 20 points in a half for the third time this season.

Northern Arizona went scoreless for the first 5:09 of the second half before Simone Holmes' 3-pointer made it 55-22. USF led by as much as 41 when Janae Stokes hit a jumper with 7:15 left.

The Bulls wound up forcing 35 turnovers that led to 38 points. They held the Lumberjacks to 30.5 percent shooting from the field, including 11.1 percent (2-of-18) on 3-pointers.

Top 25

NO. 2 UNC 68, ILLINOIS 59: Italee Lucas scored 10 of her 19 in a second-half run that rallied the Tar Heels at the Carolinas Challenge in Myrtle Beach, S.C. North Carolina, 12-0 for the third time in four seasons, had a season-low 23 first-half points and trailed 41-33 with 14:54 left before going on an 18-2 run capped by a Lucas 3-pointer.

NO. 13 NOTRE DAME 89, LOYOLA (CHICAGO) 45: Melissa Lechlitner, Lindsay Schrader and Natalie Novosel scored 13 each, and the host Irish (9-1) forced 31 turnovers.

NO. 22 OKLA. ST. 88, UNLV 73: Andrea Riley had 22 points and 10 assists for the visiting Cowgirls (7-2), who broke a tie at 52 with a 12-0 run kicked off by Taylor Hardeman's 3-pointer.

NO. 23 KANSAS ST. 58, INDIANA ST. 43: Marlies Gipson had 15 points and six blocks as the visiting Wildcats (10-0) gave coach Deb Patterson her 250th career victory. Kansas State held the Sycamores to two Kelsey Luna free throws during a 15-2 run after halftime that put the game out of reach.

NO. 25 GA. TECH 63, TEXAS-ARLINGTON 56: Jacqua Williams scored 16 of her career-high 20 in the second half to lead the Yellow Jackets (10-2) in the championship game of the Bahamas Sunsplash Shootout in Nassau.

USF Bulls women romp to sixth straight win 12/20/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 1:15pm]
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