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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.

Women's basketball: USF Bulls snap four-game skid, beat Villanova Wildcats 02/11/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 11:54am]
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