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USF Bulls women's basketball romps to record start; coach Jose Fernandez ties school wins record

TAMPA — USF coach Jose Fernandez tied Bobby Paschal for the most wins in school history, men's or women's, as the Bulls routed Southern 100-47 Sunday to improve to a program-best 11-1.

Fernandez is 127-124 in eight-plus seasons after USF's sixth straight win. Paschal was 127-159 with the men's team from 1986-96.

Shantia Grace led six players in double figures with 17 points. Jessica Lawson, Jazmine Sepulveda and Melissa Dalembert had 12 each, and Brittany Denson and Janae Stokes 11 each for the Bulls, who scored 100 or more for a school-record fourth time. USF had never done it more than twice in one season.

The Bulls put it out of reach early. They had a double-digit lead just more than four minutes into the game, going up 14-4 on Denson's layup, and led 48-20 with 2:53 left in the half on Stokes' layup. USF led by as much as 55 in the second half.

The Bulls shot 46.7 percent (35-of-75) from the field and held the Jaguars to 29.2 percent shooting (19-of-65). Aerica Hicks and Sabrina Scott had eight points each for Southern.

NO. 20 UF 90, NO. 16 PITT 83: Sha Brooks had 24 points and eight rebounds and Lonnika Thompson added a career-high 16 points as the host Gators (11-1) rallied to win their 11th straight and snap the Panthers' nine-game winning streak.

Florida beat a top-20 team for the first time since knocking off No. 5 Tennessee on Feb. 26, 2006. It has won three straight against ranked teams for the first time since February 2006.

The winning streak is tied for the second-longest in school history.

"I am so proud of our effort in every way today," Gators coach Amanda Butler said. "We gave up more points than we normally do, but I thought we played some very tough defense against some great offensive players. We rose to the occasion, answered runs and had great balance."

Shavonte Zellous scored a career-high 42 for the Panthers (9-2), and Xenia Stewart had 15.

NO. 1 UCONN 83, FSU 71: Senior guard Renee Montgomery shook off a shooting slump with seven 3-pointers and 25 points to lead the Huskies (10-0) over the Seminoles (9-4) in the finale of the Caribbean Classic in Cancun, Mexico. Montgomery, 4-of-19 on 3s in her past three games, went 7-for-11. Tanae Davis-Cain led the Seminoles (9-4) with 25 points, including 5 of 9 3-pointers. Guard Courtney Ward added 14.

Top 25

NO. 11 TENN. 79, NO. 3 STANFORD 69, OT: Shekinna Stricklen scored eight of her season-high 25 in overtime as the host Vols (9-2) won a rematch of the 2008 national championship game. Jeanette Pohlen tied it at 68 for the Cardinal (8-3) with a 3-pointer with 54 seconds left.

NO. 4 TEXAS A&M 64, NO. 24 TCU 50: Takia Starks scored 21 to lead the host Aggies (10-0), who made 2 of 15 3-pointers but forced 23 turnovers and had 16 steals. The Horned Frogs (8-4) lost their second straight.

NO. 6 OKLA. 94, TULSA 42: Ashley Paris had 20 points and 10 rebounds, one of three players with double doubles for the host Sooners (9-2). Courtney Paris had 16 points and 10 rebounds, extending her NCAA record to 103 straight double doubles, and Danielle Robinson added 13 points and 10 assists.

NO. 9 L'VILLE 67, VERMONT 56: Deseree' Byrd had 15 points and five assists and Candyce Bingham added 14 points to help the host Cardinals (10-1) overcome a season-low 12 points by Angel McCoughtry in 24 foul-plagued minutes. Louisville forced 32 turnovers.

NO. 10 AUBURN 74, COPPIN ST. 46: Alli Smalley had 20 points and hit all four of her 3-pointers for the visiting Tigers (12-0), who gave coach Nell Fortner her 100th collegiate win. Auburn held the Eagles scoreless for the first 9:05 of the second half.

NO. 15 MARYLAND 74, ODU 65: DeMauria Liles scored 20 and the visiting Terrapins (9-2), who trailed by as much as eight in the first half, held Old Dominion without a field goal for the final four minutes.

NO. 17 UVA 65, MOUNT ST. MARY'S 55: Monica Wright had 27 points, her sixth straight game of at least 20, for the host Cavaliers (9-2).

NO. 18 OHIO ST. 70, MICH. 50: Jantel Lavender scored 26, including nine during a 22-0 first-half run, to lead the host Buckeyes (10-2) to their fourth straight win in a Big Ten opener.

NO. 19 VANDY 96, TENN.-MARTIN 29: Hannah Tuomi had 14 points to lead five players in double figures and added nine rebounds for the host Commodores (10-2) in their biggest win of the season.

NO. 21 ARIZ. ST. 75, XAVIER 57: Briann January scored 16 for the host Sun Devils (8-3), who broke it open by shooting 53.1 percent (17-of-32) in the second half.

TEAM STRANDED: Baylor is stuck in Oregon because of a heavy snowstorm, and tonight's matchup between the No. 7 Bears and No. 12 California has been canceled. Baylor was stranded in Portland a day after beating Oregon in Eugene, and coach Kim Mulkey wasn't sure if the team would get out before Tuesday.


NO. 25 CLEMSON 91, MIAMI 72: K.C. Rivers scored 28 and the visiting Tigers (12-0) easily overcame an early 12-point deficit in the ACC opener for both. Jack McClinton scored 20 for the Hurricanes (7-3), who doomed themselves with a season-high 22 turnovers, 12 in the final 11 minutes of the first half when they were outscored 29-9.

USF Bulls women's basketball romps to record start; coach Jose Fernandez ties school wins record 12/21/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 1:16pm]
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