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USF Bulls women's basketball team is routed by Pittsburgh

PRODIGY: Maya Moore, shooting over Syracuse’s Tasha Harris, became the quickest Huskies player to 1,000 points.

Associated Press

PRODIGY: Maya Moore, shooting over Syracuse’s Tasha Harris, became the quickest Huskies player to 1,000 points.

PITTSBURGH — Shavonte Zellous had 27 points for Pittsburgh, which held USF to one of its worst shooting games of the season in a 79-47 rout Saturday.

Porche Grant had 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls (14-5, 1-4 Big East), who shot 26.2 percent (17-of-65) from the floor and made only 2 of 19 3-pointers. USF trailed 37-19 at halftime, its lowest-scoring first half this season and second-worst half overall.

Trailing 13-11 with 12:27 left in the first half, USF went nearly seven minutes without a field goal, scoring only on two free throws by Shantia Grace. Grace's driving layup with 5:34 left made it 24-17, then the Panthers finished the half on a 13-2 run for a 37-19 halftime lead. USF shot 20.7 percent (6-of-29) from the field in the half.

Pitt (12-4, 2-2) blew it open with an 18-4 second-half run and led by as much as 37.

Four of the previous five games in the series had been decided in the last 10 seconds and by a combined margin of nine points.

TAMPA 64, BARRY 45: Tiara Cook scored 13 of her 20 in the second half and added 11 rebounds for the host Spartans (12-3, 3-2 Sunshine State), who blew it open after halftime.

ECKERD 82, FLA. TECH 62: Olivia Nagle had 18 points and 12 rebounds and three others scored in double figures for the host Tritons (8-7, 3-3 SSC), who pulled away in the second half.

LYNN 64, SAINT LEO 59: The visiting Fighting Knights finished with a 7-2 run to overcome eight 3-pointers by the Lions (7-7, 0-5 SSC).

Top 25

NO. 1 UCONN 107, SYRACUSE 53: Maya Moore scored a career-high 40 to reach 1,000 points in her 55th game, faster than any player in school history for the host Huskies (17-0, 4-0 Big East). Connecticut set a school record with 18 3-pointers, including a team-record 10 from Moore. But it lost sharpshooter Caroline Doty to a knee sprain.

NO. 5 BAYLOR 75, NO. 22 OKLA. ST. 57 : Jessica Morrow and Melissa Jones hit consecutive 3-pointers for the host Bears (15-1, 3-0 Big 12) just after the Cowgirls (12-4, 1-2) grabbed the lead, and Baylor pulled away.

NO. 7 L'VILLE 74, G'TOWN 58: Angel McCoughtry, the school's career scoring and rebounding leader, scored 24 of her 28 points in the first half and added four steals for the visiting Cardinals (18-1, 5-0 Big East).

NO. 10 NOTRE DAME 70, ST. JOHN'S 67: Melissa Lechlitner scored 15, and Lindsay Schrader blocked Kelly McManmon's 3-pointer at the buzzer as the host Irish (15-2, 4-1 Big East) avoided their first two-game losing streak of the season.

NO. 16 TEXAS 62, COLO. 32: Kathleen Nash had 16 points for the host Longhorns (14-3, 2-1 Big 12), who allowed their fewest points this season.

NO. 17 KANSAS ST. 59, NO. 20 IOWA ST. 52: Shalee Lehning scored 18 of her 22 in the second half as the host Wildcats (15-1, 2-1 Big 12) outlasted the Cyclones (13-4, 1-2).

NO. 25 NEW MEXICO 61, BYU 57: Amy Beggin hit six free throws in the final 30 seconds as the visiting Lobos (14-2, 3-0 Mountain West) snapped the Cougars' 10-game winning streak.

USF Bulls women's basketball team is routed by Pittsburgh 01/17/09 [Last modified: Saturday, January 17, 2009 11:24pm]
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