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Bulls roll to extend unbeaten start

TAMPA — Courtney Williams and Andrell Smith had 13 points each and Inga Orekhova added nine as USF rolled past North Florida 66-44 on Saturday and improved to 6-0 for the first time since the 2006-07 season.

Williams, a freshman guard, added seven rebounds in her third game action this season.

"Courtney Williams is playing better offensively," coach Jose Fernandez said.

"It was a team effort and I was just happy that I could help," Williams said. "I don't put to much pressure on myself; I just go out there and have fun."

Leading 22-18 after a sluggish first half, the Bulls opened the second with a 6-0 run and continued to pile on, leading by as much as 28.

"Our kids came out at halftime and answered the bell," Fernandez said.

Overall, USF shot 32.1 percent from the field but compensated by forcing 30 turnovers and picking up 15 steals.

Guard Fabiola Josil had 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Ospreys (2-5).

The Bulls next face Florida Gulf Coast at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Sun Dome.

MICHIGAN 59, UF 53: Kate Thompson had 21 points for the host Wolverines, who rallied from an eight-point second-half deficit and handed the Gators (5-3) their second straight loss.

Florida shot 21.6 percent (8-of-37) in the second half and season-worst 30.3 percent (20-of-66) overall. Michigan controlled the tempo, holding onto the ball until fewer than 10 seconds remained on the shot clock on seemingly every possession.

"That's typically how they play," UF coach Amanda Butler said. "They like a low-possession ballgame, and we didn't do a good job defensively of maintaining our focus. I felt like we would put a lot of pressure on them and then we would have a breakdown with 10 seconds left. It's got to be the other way around."

ECKERD 68, ROLLINS 67: Taylor Bestry hit two free throws with 1.6 seconds left as the visiting Tritons (4-2) won their Sunshine State Conference opener. Liga Vente and Annie Armstrong scored 18 each for Eckerd.

TAMPA 68, P.B. ATLANTIC 60: Illyssa Vivo had 25 points on 9-of-13 shooting for the visiting Spartans (7-0), off to their best start since the 2009-10 squad opened at 9-0.

SAINT LEO 73, NOVA SE 69: Chelsea Williams had 25 points and 12 rebounds and Kinnara Lewis added 21 points, including five 3-pointers, as the host Lions (5-2) rallied from a nine-point deficit in their SSC opener.

Top 25

NO. 15 OHIO ST. 78, EVANSVILLE 33: Tayler Hill scored 20 for the Buckeyes (5-2), who opened the second half with a 25-0 run and won their 27th straight home game.

BOSTON U. 66, NO. 17 ST. JOHN'S 49: Chantell Alford scored 22 and sank six 3-pointers for the host Terriers, who snapped a four-game winning streak by the Red Storm (4-2).

NO. 18 OKLA. ST. 91, TEXAS SO. 49: Liz Donohoe and Lindsey Keller scored 18 each for the host Cowgirls (6-0), who have won 12 in a row dating to last season's WNIT title, the nation's longest winning streak.

NO. 21 NEBRASKA 60, IDAHO ST. 51: Jordan Hooper scored a season-high 29 and became the 16th player in school history to reach 1,200 points for her career, leading the host Cornhuskers (6-2).

NO. 23 DAYTON 82, UNLV 58: Sam MacKay had 18 points and a career-high eight rebounds for the Flyers (8-0) in the first round of the ASU Classic in Tempe, Ariz.

Bulls roll to extend unbeaten start 12/01/12 [Last modified: Saturday, December 1, 2012 9:02pm]
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