Florida women falter late

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia hit six 3-pointers in the final 14:17 to erase a 16-point deficit and stun Florida 70-64 on Sunday.

Jasmine James scored 14 of her 18 and Meredith Mitchell nine of her 15 during the final 14:28, when the Bulldogs shot 13-of-26 from the field.

Deana Allen had her first career double double with 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Gators (12-7, 2-3 SEC), who committed nine turnovers that led to 16 Georgia points after taking a 49-33 lead.

"We did a great job of defensive rebounding in the first half, but we fully expected Georgia to have an answer to that in the second half," UF coach Amanda Butler said. "There were some tough plays down the stretch, we didn't take care of the ball and some things didn't go our way that were out of our control.

"I thought our kids fought hard and I was really proud of our effort. This was a tough environment."

Florida led 56-44 when Jordan Jones sank her third 3-pointer of the game. The Bulldogs (14-3, 4-0 SEC) then went on a 13-0 run to take a 57-56 lead with 4:31 left.

Lanita Bartley's two free throws put UF back ahead. James hit another 3 for a 60-58 lead, but Jaterra Bonds answered with a driving layup to tie it with 2:54 left.

A turnover led to Mitchell's 3-pointer with 1:59 left, and another set up a 3-pointer by James for a 66-60 lead. Georgia sealed it with free throws.

NO. 22 MIAMI 65, BC 53: Riquna Williams had a season-high 33 points, and the host Hurricanes (18-1, 4-0 ACC) rallied from a seven-point deficit to win their 17th straight game.

Top 25

NO. 3 DUKE 57, VA. TECH 43: Allison Vernerey had 15 points and seven rebounds for the visiting Blue Devils (17-0, 3-0 ACC), who beat the Hokies for the 14th straight time. Duke and Florida Gulf Coast are the only unbeaten teams in Division I.

NO. 4 STANFORD 94, WASH. ST. 50: Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 20 points as the visiting Cardinal (14-2, 5-0 Pac-10) won its eighth straight game and improved to 51-0 all-time against the Cougars.

NO. 8 XAVIER 81, UMASS 55: Amber Harris had 19 points and 18 rebounds as the visiting Musketeers (14-2, 3-0 Atlantic 10) won their fourth straight game.

NO. 24 OHIO ST. 67, NO. 9 MICH. ST. 53: Jantel Lavender had 24 points for the Buckeyes (11-6, 2-3 Big Ten), who broke a 3-6 slump and ended a 14-game winning streak by the Spartans (16-2, 4-1).

NO. 13 MARYLAND 80, CLEMSON 59: Alyssa Thomas had 21 points, and the visiting Terrapins (14-3, 1-2) beat the Tigers for the 10th straight time.

NO. 14 DEPAUL 64, VILLANOVA 45: Keisha Hampton had 20 points for the visiting Blue Demons (17-2, 5-0 Big East), who have won 14 of their past 15 games.

NO. 15 OKLA. 71, TEXAS 67, OT: Danielle Robinson overcame a bad shooting start to score 30, five in overtime, as the visiting Sooners (13-3, 3-0 Big 12) rallied after blowing an 11-point second-half lead.

NO. 16 IOWA 71, INDIANA 51: Jaime Printy had 18 points for the host Hawkeyes (15-4, 3-3 Big Ten), who held the Hoosiers to 26 percent shooting (14-of-55).

NO. 19 KENTUCKY 72, MISS. ST. 60: Victoria Dunlap had 22 points for the host Wildcats (13-4, 2-2 SEC), who scored 22 straight in the first half then held off a late rally.

NO. 20 ARKANSAS 57, ALABAMA 53: C'eira Ricketts had 18 points, and the visiting Razorbacks (15-2, 3-2 SEC) survived 28 turnovers.

Men

W. VA. 68, NO. 8 PURDUE 64: Kevin Jones had 17 points, and the host Mountaineers used a late 18-6 run to hand the Boilermakers (15-3) their first losing streak of the season.

ST. JOHN'S 72, NO. 9 NOTRE DAME 54: D.J. Kennedy and Malik Boothe had 14 points each for the host Red Storm, which reversed the outcome of its game eight days earlier at the Irish (14-4, 3-3 Big East).

NO. 17 WASH. 92, CAL 71: Isaiah Thomas scored 18 of his season-high 27 in the first half and added a career-high 13 assists, and the visiting Huskies (13-4, 5-1 Pac-10) bounced back from a late loss at Stanford.

GA. TECH 78, UNC 58: The host Yellow Jackets (8-8, 1-2 ACC) held the Tar Heels (12-5, 2-1) to their fewest points in Roy Williams' eight seasons as coach.

Florida women falter late 01/16/11 [Last modified: Monday, January 17, 2011 12:13am]

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