Saturday, January 20, 2018
Sports

Women's basketball: USF Bulls snap four-game skid, beat Villanova Wildcats

TAMPA — Andrell Smith scored a season-high 22 for USF, which snapped a four-game losing streak by defeating Villanova 54-39 Saturday night.

Inga Orekhova added eight points and Tahira Johnson seven before a crowd of 682 at the USF Recreation Center in the Play 4 Kay Breast Cancer Awareness game.

"This win was very important for us," Smith said. "Coach (Jose Fernandez) told us we needed to get this win at home and to protect home court."

USF (13-13, 5-7 Big East), which never trailed, opened the game with a 10-0 run over 3:37, fueled by 3-pointers from Smith and Orekhova. The Wildcats (15-10, 5-7) got as close as three in the first half and trailed 28-23 at the half, but the Bulls opened the second half on a 10-2 run.

NOVA SE 61, TAMPA 54: The host Sharks made 12 of 21 3-pointers and scored the final seven of the game to beat the Spartans (9-14, 2-11 Sunshine State).

ECKERD 65, P.B. ATLANTIC 57: Kati Ruasberg had 21 points, and Amy Buccilla hit two go-ahead free throws with 2:48 left for the host Tritons (18-3).

ROLLINS 86, SAINT LEO 50: Coming off their first SSC win of the season, the visiting Lions (7-15, 1-11) shot 34.6 percent from the field (18-of-52) and had 26 turnovers.

Top 25

NO. 1 BAYLOR 71, NO. 15 TEXAS A&M 48: Brittney Griner had 21 points and 10 rebounds as the visiting Bears (25-0, 12-0 Big 12) avenged their NCAA Tournament region final loss to the Aggies (17-6, 8-4).

NO. 3 UCONN 80, NO. 14 G'TOWN 38: Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 23 for the Huskies (23-2, 11-1 Big East), who held the Hoyas (19-6, 8-4) to 25 percent shooting and won their 99th straight home game.

NO. 9 GREEN BAY 64, WRIGHT ST. 59: Julie Wojta had career highs of 30 points and 20 rebounds, and the host Phoenix (21-1, 11-1 Horizon) bounced back from its first loss of the season.

NO. 19 GONZAGA 79, SAN FRAN. 59: Katelan Redmon scored 18 for the visiting the Bulldogs (22-4, 11-2 West Coast), who bounced back from a 30-point loss to BYU.

NO. 20 L'VILLE 89, SYRACUSE 62: Becky Burke made eight of the Cardinals' school-record 18 3-pointers, and host Louisville (18-7, 7-5 Big East) stopped a three-game losing streak.

NO. 25 ST. BONAVENTURE 56, DAYTON 55: Megan Van Tatenhove scored on a spinning jumper in the lane with 23 seconds left to help the Bonnies (24-2, 11-0 Atlantic 10) win their 13th straight overall and 12th in a row on the road.

Comments
Fennelly: Lightning needs a reset on the road … pronto

Fennelly: Lightning needs a reset on the road … pronto

TAMPA — Vegas has left the building.Wasn't the Lightning just arranging place settings for next weekend's NHL All-Star Game party?With that in mind, I headed to the home dressing room at Amalie Arena late Thursday after the Lightning was manhan...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Saturday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYCollege basketballWomen: La Salle at Rhode Island11 a.m.CBSSNPurdue at IowanoonESPNFlorida State at Virginia TechnoonESPN2; 1010-AMWichita State at HoustonnoonESPNUVillanova at ConnecticutnoonCBSSt. John’s at GeorgetownnoonFS1Ohio State at Minne...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Golden Knights move within one point of Lightning for top spot in NHL

Golden Knights move within one point of Lightning for top spot in NHL

SUNRISE — Aaron Ekblad scored 40 seconds into overtime to lift the Panthers to a 4-3 victory over the Golden Knights on Friday, spoiling Vegas coach Gerard Gallant’s return to Florida. By gaining a point, Vegas moved within one point of the Lightning...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Well Humored ready to get back on a dirt track

OLDSMAR — It is time for Well Humored to get dirty again.The WinStar Farm homebred makes her first start on the Tampa Bay Downs main track Saturday afternoon in the $50,000 Wayward Lass, one of three stakes events on the Skyway Festival Day 11-race p...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Star-struck Kyrgios stays cool on court

Star-struck Kyrgios stays cool on court

MELBOURNE, Australia — With Will Smith in the crowd and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga across the net, Nick Kyrgios was in his element as the main attraction for a night at the Australian Open. Time to put on a show. One of his favorite actors — Smith was making...
Updated: 4 hours ago

National Hoopfest: Berkeley Prep proves to be no pushover

TAMPA —  Berkeley Prep's four-game win streak came to end Friday.That was expected.The Buccaneers faced West Oaks Academy, an independent powerhouse from Orlando that plays a national schedule, during Friday's National Hoopfest tournament....
Updated: 4 hours ago

Sports in Brief

BaseballTebow gets another crack at making mets Tim Tebow has been invited by the Mets to spring training for a second straight season.The 30-year-old will begin his second year of attempting to reach the big leagues when spring training opens in Por...
Updated: 4 hours ago

High school scoreboard for Jan. 19

Friday’s scoreboardBoys soccerIndian Rocks Christian 2, Lakewood 1Lennard 3, Spoto 0Girls soccerPCAC Championship: Largo 3, Osceola 1Lennard 8, Spoto 0
Updated: 5 hours ago

Lowry, DeRozan help Raptors end Spurs jinx

TORONTO — Kyle Lowry scored nine of his 24 in the fourth quarter, DeMar DeRozan added 21 and the Raptors beat the Spurs 86-83 Friday to snap a four-game losing streak against San Antonio. Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 11 rebounds as Toronto imp...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Quarterback or bust for Quinton Flowers in the NFL?

Quarterback or bust for Quinton Flowers in the NFL?

ST. PETERSBURG — Reps have been priceless for Quinton Flowers this week, each to be maximized and handled with care.Yet he couldn't avoid handling some clumsily.On the opening day of practice at Shorecrest Prep for today's East-West Shrine Game...
Updated: 5 hours ago