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Women's basketball: USF falls to Creighton; No. 23 FSU wins

TAMPA — Creighton found a solution for USF's tough defense.

Sarah Nelson had 29 points and made 12 of 14 shots from the field, including all four of her 3-point tries, and the Bluejays routed the Bulls 91-74 Saturday at the Caribbean Classic in Cancun, Mexico.

USF (9-2), which went in giving up an average 50.8 points per game, allowed 18 more than its next-most this season. Creighton (8-2) shot 55.9 percent from the floor and made 16 of 29 3-pointers.

"They shot a huge number, and we got beat by a very good team," USF coach Jose Fernandez said.

Andrell Smith posted a career-high 27 points and 12 steals, twin Andrea Smith scored 22 and Inga Orekhova added 12 a day after USF started its Classic run with a 71-46 victory over Nevada.

"We have to move forward, get through Christmas and get ready for Florida A&M and Detroit Mercy," Fernandez said.

USF hosts the Rattlers at 2 p.m. Dec. 29 before Detroit Mercy visits the Sun Dome at 2 p.m. on Dec. 31.

NO. 23 FSU 93, UNC-GREENSBORO 63: Chasity Clayton scored 21 to lead the visiting Seminoles (10-1). Clayton, who made 8 of 10 shots, scored 10 during a 23-0 Florida State run after the Spartans had taken a 9-7 lead.

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NO. 1 STANFORD 73, NO. 10 TENNESSEE 60: Cardinal forward Chiney Ogwumike has at least one career achievement that eluded her older sister.

Ogwumike had 21 points and a career-high 19 rebounds as Stanford (11-0) won in Knoxville for only the second time in 13 attempts.

The Cardinal won at Tennessee for the first time since an 82-65 victory on Dec. 15, 1996.

Ogwumike's older sister, Nneka Ogwumike of the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks, scored 42 in Stanford's 97-80 win over Tennessee last season. But the No. 1 pick in this year's WNBA draft never won at Tennessee during her college career.

"One thing Nneka didn't do was get a win here at Tennessee, so I wanted to one-up her," Ogwumike said. "It was a great game."

Vols coach Holly Warlick questioned her team's effort and said she was more disappointed in this performance than she was after a 76-53 loss at No. 3 Baylor on Tuesday.

"This will change," Warlick said. "As coaches, we'll make some changes, too. It's time to grow up."

Bashaara Graves had 15 points and 12 rebounds for Tennessee (7-3). Meighan Simmons added 12 points.

NO. 2 UCONN 102, HARTFORD 45: Breanna Stewart scored a season-high 27 to lead five players in double figures for the host Huskies (10-0), who held a pregame ceremony honoring the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn.

NO. 4 DUKE 75, USC 60: Chelsea Gray led five players in double figures with 18 points for the Blue Devils (10-0) in the Women of Troy Classic in Los Angeles.

NO. 15 OKLA. ST. 90, TEXAS-ARLINGTON 54: Brittney Martin had a triple double with 10 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists as the visiting Cowgirls improved to 9-0 for the third time in school history.

NO. 16 DAYTON 91, SIENA 53: Ally Malott led six players in double figures with 19 points for the visiting Flyers (12-0), who are off to the best start in school history.

NO. 25 COLORADO 81, UTAH VALLEY 45: Jen Reese scored a career-high 16 for the host Buffaloes (10-0), who earned the program's 700th victory.

Women's basketball: USF falls to Creighton; No. 23 FSU wins 12/22/12 [Last modified: Saturday, December 22, 2012 8:50pm]
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