PHILADELPHIA — Courtney Williams had a career-high 35 points and senior Inga Orekhova topped 900 for her career as USF won for the fourth time in five games, 72-69 Saturday over Temple.
Williams also had seven rebounds and three steals to go with the first 30-point game this season for the Bulls (15-11, 10-5 American Athletic Conference), who are trying to make a late push for an NCAA Tournament berth. Alisia Jenkins added eight points and five rebounds, and Orekhova scored seven to move past 900.
After allowing the Owls (12-14, 6-9) to shoot 56.5 percent from the floor in the first half, USF tightened its defense and held Temple to 27 percent shooting in the second. Akila McDonald had four of the Bulls' 11 blocks in the game.
TAMPA 67, NOVA SE 50: Juliana Cavallaro had 21 points for the visiting Spartans (20-5, 13-2 Sunshine State), who won their 12th straight and moved into first place in the conference.
ECKERD 70, FLA. TECH 64: Kayla Bowlin had 17 points and Ivana Grbic 16 points and eight rebounds as the host Tritons (10-14, 3-11 SSC) snapped a two-game skid.
SAINT LEO 95, LYNN 64: Ashlin Gross had 17 points to lead five players in double figures for the host Lions (17-7, 8-6 SSC), who set school records for total and conference wins.
NO. 1 UCONN 92, HOUSTON 41: Bria Hartley and Stefanie Dolson scored 24 each for the visiting Huskies (28-0, 15-0 American), who won their 34th in a row in coach Geno Auriemma's 1,000th game at the school. "Whatever number comes next is not going to be 1,000," Auriemma said after improving to 867-133 with Connecticut. "I'm going to take it one game at a time and see what happens. Take it from there."
NO. 6 BAYLOR 69, TCU 46: Odyssey Sims matched her season low with 17 points, and the visiting Bears (24-3, 14-1 Big 12) overcame a sluggish showing in their 10th straight win.
NO. 13 W. VA. 61, KANSAS ST. 40: Christal Caldwell scored 21 for the visiting Mountaineers (24-3, 13-2 Big 12), who won their seventh straight and allowed fewer than 62 points for the fifth time in six games.
NO. 24 GONZAGA 72, PORTLAND 61: Haiden Palmer scored 12 for the host Bulldogs (24-4, 13-2 West Coast), who had a 42-26 rebounding advantage and clinched a share of their 10th straight conference title.