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USF women top Seton Hall

Easy at the top: Brittney Griner goes up for a score in the second half as No.  1 Baylor cruises to victory over TCU.

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Easy at the top: Brittney Griner goes up for a score in the second half as No.  1 Baylor cruises to victory over TCU.

TAMPA — USF began the game on a 12-0 run and never trailed in defeating Seton Hall 67-56 Saturday night.

Inga Orekhova led the Bulls (17-7, 6-5 Big East) with 22 points. Freshman guard Courtney Williams her first double double with 14 points and 10 rebounds and Akila McDonald (14 points, 11 rebounds) also had a double double.

USF scored 10 points in the paint during its opening run and had a 22-6 advantage in the paint in the first half, leading to a 30-15 halftime lead.

"Coach (Jose Fernandez) said before the game started that it needed to be an up-tempo game," McDonald said. "We knew we just had to keep up the pace in order to get the win."

Seton Hall (8-17, 3-9) started 1-for-22 from the field and was 4-for-27 in the first half.

"I thought we came out of the gate and we defended," Fernandez said.

The Bulls led by as many as 29 in the second half but the Pirates got within eight in the final minutes.

No. 1 Baylor 78, TCU 45: Brittney Griner had 22 points and 10 rebounds in just 23 minutes as the host Bears (24-1, 14-0 Big 12) held TCU to 26 percent shooting and clinched at least a share of the league championship.

No. 3 UConn 65, Rutgers 45: Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer was again denied her 900th victory as Morgan Tuck had 15 points and Stefanie Dolson added 14 for the visiting Huskies (24-1, 11-1 Big East). Stringer has lost her first two attempts to become the fourth women's coach to reach the milestone.

No. 23 Syracuse 80, Pitt 39: Kayla Alexander scored 19 for the host Orange (21-3, 9-2 Big East), which forced 23 turnovers for its fifth straight victory.

No. 25 Okla. St. 80, Kansas St. 45: Toni Young had 23 points and 18 rebounds to lead the host Cowgirls (18-6, 7-6 Big 12), who had all five starters score in double figures.

Nova SE 65, Tampa 56: The host Sharks went on a 16-0 run to take a 29-14 lead in the first half and never trailed again in beating the Spartans (14-8, 4-8 Sunshine State Conference).

Saint Leo 72, Fla. Tech 70, OT: Freshman Theresa Manigrasso hit a tying 3-pointer to force overtime, then hit a layup with two seconds left in the extra period to lead the visiting Lions (12-11, 7-6 SSC), who set a program high for conference wins in a season.

Eckerd 52, Barry 47: Senior forward Krystal Charles had 20 points and 11 rebounds as the visiting Tritons (11-10, 7-6 SSC) finished a season sweep.

USF women top Seton Hall 02/16/13 [Last modified: Saturday, February 16, 2013 11:34pm]
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