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Defense lets UF down from start

LAS VEGAS — Florida's usually reliable defense faltered in the finale of the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout.

Janae Fulcher scored a career-best 26 for Arizona State, which got off to a fast start and never looked back in a 74-56 win over the Gators on Sunday afternoon.

The Sun Devils opened 9-of-14 from the floor and finished 32-of-55 (58.2 percent), the best performance against Florida this season. The Gators (5-2) missed 10 of their first 11 shots and finished 19-of-62 (30.6 percent), including a season-worst 8-of-32 (25 percent) in the first half. Their 22 first-half points were a season low.

"Arizona State came to play right from the get-go and established who the more dominant team was, and we fell in line with that, unfortunately," Florida coach Amanda Butler said.

Jennifer George had 11 points, nine rebounds and four steals for Florida, and Jaterra Bonds added 11 points and a season-best six rebounds. Joy Burke and Promise Amukamara had 11 points each for Arizona State (2-3).

Top 25

NO. 1 STANFORD 77, LONG BEACH ST. 41: Chiney Ogwumike had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Cardinal (6-0), which extended the nation's best home winning streak to 81 games in its first game at No. 1 in nearly eight years.

NO. 4 DUKE 82, XAVIER 59: Chelsea Gray scored a season-high 22 and freshman Alexis Jones had a career-high 14 for the visiting Blue Devils (4-0), who shot a season-high 59 percent.

NO. 9 KENTUCKY 100, S.C. UPSTATE 34: A'dia Mathies scored 17 for the Wildcats (4-1), who forced 38 turnovers and shot 50 percent in winning their 24th consecutive home game.

IOWA 79, NO. 12 W. VA. 70: Jaime Printy made all 17 of her free-throw tries and scored 19 points as the Hawkeyes rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to upset the Mountaineers (3-2) at the FIU Thanksgiving Classic in Miami.

NO. 13 OKLA. 74, HAWAII 49: Morgan Hook scored 16 for the Sooners (5-1), who pulled away in the second half at the Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Honolulu.

NO. 16 OHIO ST. 82, WRIGHT ST. 52: Tayler Hill scored 17 for the Buckeyes (4-1), who scored the first nine and never trailed en route to their fourth straight win and 25th straight at home.

NO. 18 ST. JOHN'S 66, HARTFORD 54: Shenneika Smith had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and the visiting Red Storm (4-1) pulled away.

NO. 19 UCLA 65, PRINCETON 52: Nirra Fields scored 26 and Markel Walker added 23 for the host Bruins (3-1), who overcame an 11-point first-half deficit to rebound from Friday's home loss to Notre Dame.

NO. 20 TENN. 90, ALCORN ST. 37: Meighan Simmons scored 12 to lead six players in double figures for the host Vols (4-1). Braves coach Tonya Edwards played on Tennessee's first two national championship teams, in 1987 and 1989.

NO. 22 KANSAS 58, CREIGHTON 48: Monica Engelman and Carolyn Davis had 12 points each for the Jayhawks (5-0), playing their first road game of the season.

NO. 24 DAYTON 105, E. ILLinois 42: Jodie Cornelie-Sigmundova shot 9-of-9 from the field and had a career-high 21 points for the host Flyers (6-0), in triple digits for the first time since a 101-80 win over Harvard on Dec. 30, 2010.

NO. 25 UNC 101, NC ASHEVILLE 42: Waltiea Rolle scored 19 for the host Tar Heels (6-0), who held the Bulldogs to 4 of 36 shooting in the second half.

Defense lets UF down from start 11/25/12 [Last modified: Sunday, November 25, 2012 10:25pm]
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