TAMPA — Senior center Jessica Lawson had USF's first six points in overtime, finishing with 19 on 8-for-10 shooting, and the Bulls edged St. John's 81-71 on Saturday night at the Sun Dome.
The Bulls went 7-for-8 on free throws in overtime after struggles there allowed St. John's to tie the score late in regulation.
USF (14-3, 1-2) led 68-62 with 2:19 left. St. John's (13-2, 1-1) hit two 3-pointers to get within 69-68 with 25 seconds left, and St. John's star Monique McLean forced OT with two free throws after Ashley Sanders' foul with one second left.
The Bulls got 17 points from guard Janae Stokes, making her first start.
No. 1 UConn 85, West VA. 55: Renee Montgomery scored 28 for the visiting Huskies (15-0, 2-0 Big East). "She's become as good a guard as I've had," coach Geno Auriemma said. West Virginia entered with one of the top defenses at 52 points per game, but the Huskies almost had that by halftime, leading 47-30.
No. 3 Texas A&M 62, Missouri 56: Danielle Gant scored 22, shooting 10-for-10, and the visiting Aggies (13-1) won in the Big 12 opener for both.
NO. 4 OKLA. 77, NEBRASKA 56: Courtney Paris had 18 points and 20 rebounds for the visiting Sooners (12-2) in the Big 12 opener for both. In the first minute, Paris got tangled up going for a rebound, fell hard on her right knee and left for a couple of minutes. But she secured a 106th consecutive double double.
No. 6 Baylor 63, Colorado 50: Danielle Wilson scored 16 for the visiting Bears (13-1) in the Big 12 opener for both.
Texas Tech 65, No. 8 Texas 62: With the score tied at 62, Tilmila Martin was supposed to drive to the basket. But the guard got too deep along the baseline and passed to Dominic Seals, whose short jumper gave the host Raiders a fifth straight win. The Longhorns (12-3) were leading the Big 12 in free-throw percentage (76.5) but shot 12-of-21 in the conference opener for both.
No. 11 Stanford 102, Wash. St. 53: Jayne Appel had 16 points, four rebounds and three assists in limited action for the host Cardinal (13-3, 4-0 Pac-10).
No. 12 Notre Dame 84, Georgetown 63: Erica Williamson, who scored 20 in the previous game, had a career-high 21 points and a season-high 10 rebounds for the host Irish (14-1, 3-0 Big East). "Absolutely spectacular," coach Muffet McGraw said of Williamson.
DePaul 69, NO. 19 Pitt 62: Natasha Williams scored 27 and the visiting Blue Demons rallied from a nine-point second-half deficit. The Panthers (11-4, 1-2 Big East) have lost two straight.
No. 20 K-STATE 72, Kansas 39: The host Wildcats (14-0) matched their second-longest winning streak, three behind the record set in 1981-82. The nation's best scoring defense held the Jayhawks to a season-low in the Big 12 opener for both.
Iowa St. 63, No. 21 Okla. St. 55: Nicky Wieben scored 23 and the host Cyclones closed with a 15-5 run to upset the Cowgirls (11-3) in the Big 12 opener for both.
No. 23 S. Dakota St. 96, IUPUI 49: The host Jackrabbits (15-2, 4-1 Summit League) led 47-19 at halftime. IUPUI had 27 turnovers.