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USF women fall to Tulane 76-72

TAMPA — The USF women's team had its six-game winning streak end Thursday with a 76-72 loss to Tulane at the Sun Dome.

Sequoyah Griffin scored a career-high 21, while Jessica Lawson and KaNeisha Saunders added 12 and 11 points, respectively, in the loss. Melissa Dalembert had nine rebounds to go along with nine points for the USF (7-3).

The Bulls took a 37-30 halftime lead, but Tulane (6-2) went on a 26-10 run to start the second half and took a 56-47 lead on a 3-pointer by Janique Kautsky with 11:11 left.

Knight talks in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS — Bob Knight felt right at home in Indiana.

For more than 90 minutes Thursday, Knight recounted tales from his coaching days, stories from the recruiting trail, lessons he passed along to players and even a new critique of the NCAA.

"You know, I've always been a Kenny Rogers fan, and I always liked that song where he says 'You've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away and know when to run,' " Knight said. "I've tried to follow that philosophy, and I should have run at Indiana when the trustees and the administration had gotten too far apart and that's probably as much my fault as it was theirs."

Knight, who wore a green sweater, instead of his trademark red one, said he had been advised by three people early in his career that he was too strong-willed to stay at Indiana forever. But Knight said he couldn't find a better basketball environment and stayed right up until the moment Myles Brand fired him in September 2000.

Those who paid $50 for the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame fundraiser didn't come to hear Knight offer regrets. It was his first public appearance in Indiana since skipping his induction into the Indiana University Hall of Fame last month.

Clearly, though, Indiana basketball carries a special fondness for The General.

"There is nobody in the history of coaching who knows how hard and how intelligently his players played," Knight said. "That was my joy in life."

Minnesota: Freshman forward Royce White, suspended indefinitely as a campus burglary investigation into a stolen laptop continues, said in a YouTube video the pressure from the legal situation has caused the prized recruit to decide to leave college basketball. He did, however, leave the door open to a possible return. He told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he was not involved in the theft.

USF women fall to Tulane 76-72 12/17/09 [Last modified: Friday, December 18, 2009 12:28am]
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