USF can't keep up with Mountaineers

West Virginia’s Sarah Miles, right, who had 16 points, shoots over USF’s Akila McDonald during the first half, when the Bulls kept it fairly close. The Mountaineers blew it open early in the second.

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West Virginia’s Sarah Miles, right, who had 16 points, shoots over USF’s Akila McDonald during the first half, when the Bulls kept it fairly close. The Mountaineers blew it open early in the second.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Sarah Miles and Liz Repella scored 16 each for No. 9 West Virginia, which pulled away in the second half and handed USF its seventh straight loss, 78-52 on Saturday.

Madina Ali added 10 points for the Mountaineers (19-1, 5-1 Big East), who extended their school-record home winning streak to 30 games.

Andrea Smith scored 16 and twin sister Andrell Smith added 12 for the Bulls (9-11, 0-6), who shot 28 percent (16-of-57) from the field under constant pressure from West Virginia.

"They do a very good job pressuring the ball and getting in the passing lanes," USF coach Jose Fernandez said. "They switch one through five, and if you don't read the defense and open up on cuts, they slide through screens really well and open up on gaps. No other team in our league switches as much as they do."

Miles' layup just before the halftime buzzer put the Mountaineers ahead 35-28. Three minutes into the second half, Miles scored six in a row to start a decisive 19-0 run.

TAMPA 79, NOVA SE 64: Lindsey Watson had 28 points and hit six 3-pointers, and the visiting Spartans (14-3, 6-1 Sunshine State) rallied from a 12-point halftime deficit.

FLA. TECH 57, ECKERD 44: The visiting Panthers pulled away with a late 12-0 run and forced the Tritons (10-7, 4-4 SSC) into 29 turnovers.

SAINT LEO 65, PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 59, OT: Lauren Lee had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and the host Lions (9-9, 2-6 SSC) rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit.

Top 25

NO. 1 BAYLOR 64, TEXAS TECH 51: Brittney Griner had 25 points, seven rebounds and six blocks for the host Bears (18-1, 5-0 Big 12), who won their 15th straight game.

NO. 2 UCONN 66, PITT 46: Maya Moore had 28 points and 11 rebounds, and the host Huskies (18-1, 7-0 Big East) won their sixth straight game.

NO. 4 STANFORD 95, USC 51: Jeanette Pohlen had 21 points and a season-high 12 assists as the host Cardinal (16-2, 7-0 Pac-10) won its 56th straight game at Maples Pavilion.

NO. 6 TEXAS A&M 60, NO. 20 IOWA ST. 51: Danielle Adams had 25 points as the Aggies (17-1, 5-0 Big 12) won their 11th straight game and snapped a 19-game home winning streak by the Cyclones (13-5, 1-3).

NO. 7 XAVIER 82, CHARLOTTE 61: Amber Harris had 27 points and 12 rebounds and the visiting Musketeers (16-2, 5-0 Atlantic-10) overcame a slow start.

NO. 8 UCLA 65, CAL 56: Darxia Morris had a career-high 22 points, Jasmine Dixon made two key baskets down the stretch and the visiting Bruins (16-2, 6-1 Pac-10) held on.

NO. 13 DEPAUL 77, SETON HALL 59: Keisha Hampton and Taylor Pikes had 16 points each for the host Blue Demons (19-2), 6-0 in the Big East for the first time.

NO. 16 GEORGETOWN 60, VILLANOVA 44: Tia Magee had a season-high 18 points and Sugar Rodgers 17 to lead the host Hoyas (15-5, 3-3 Big East).

NO. 21 WISC.-G.B. 87, WISC.-MILWAUKEE 39: Kayla Tetschlag had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the host Phoenix (18-1, 7-0 Horizon League), which won its ninth straight.

USF can't keep up with Mountaineers 01/22/11 [Last modified: Saturday, January 22, 2011 11:21pm]

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