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Second-half shooting slump sends Bulls to defeat

BRUINS IN SIGHT: Maya Moore, right, scores 29 as UConn moves five wins shy of tying the UCLA men’s record streak.

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BRUINS IN SIGHT: Maya Moore, right, scores 29 as UConn moves five wins shy of tying the UCLA men’s record streak.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — USF lost its shooting touch in the second half and saw its two-game winning streak snapped with a 64-47 loss to Samford on Saturday evening in the Samford Thanksgiving Classic.

Emily London had 20 points for the Bulldogs, 15 during a 26-14 second-half run that put Samford in control.

Andrea Smith had 16 points and Leondra Doomes-Stephens 13 for the Bulls (4-3), who shot 45.8 percent (11-of-24) in the first half but 25 percent (7-of-28) in the second.

USF led by as much as 25-17 in the first half and had a 29-23 lead at the break. Samford (3-2), a favorite to win the Southern Conference, shot 33.3 percent (8-of-24) in the half.

As the shots stopped falling for the Bulls after the break, the Bulldogs caught fire. After a USF turnover and a missed shot, Samford regained the lead for good 32-31 with 15:17 left on a driving layup by Savannah Hill.

The Bulldogs shot 60.9 percent (14-of-23) in the second half.

The Bulls return home to face Florida Atlantic at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Big East play begins Thursday at 7 p.m. against defending national champion Connecticut.

NO. 15 FSU 65, ARIZ. ST. 55: Cierra Bravard and Natasha Howard had 21 points each to lead the Seminoles (7-0) at the Junkanoo Jam at Freeport, Grand Bahama Island.

UF 52, NAVY 43: Azania Stewart was named most outstanding player and Jordan Jones earned a spot on the all-tournament team after the Gators (5-1) won the Dead River Company Classic championship game at the University of Maine in Orono.

TAMPA 84, REGIS 61: Senior Gianna Messina had 26 points and freshman Lindsey Watson, had 23 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Spartans (2-2) at the Colorado Mines Tournament in Denver.

CLAYTON ST. 58, ECKERD 40: Drameka Griggs had 11 points for the Lakers, who forced 28 turnovers by the host Tritons (3-1).

Top 25

NO. 1 UCONN 81, LEHIGH 38: Maya Moore scored 24 of her 29 in the first half as the host Huskies (5-0) won their 83rd straight game. Connecticut, which has not lost since the 2008 national semifinals in Tampa, needs five wins to tie the UCLA men for the longest streak in Division I history.

NO. 12 G'TOWN 69, NO. 4 TENN. 58: Sugar Rodgers had 28 points for the Hoyas (5-1), who opened on an 11-4 run and never trailed in the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Glory Johnson had 13 points and Meighan Simmons 11 for the Vols (6-1).

NO. 5 XAVIER 72, DELAWARE ST. 41: Amber Harris had 23 points in 24 minutes, and the host Musketeers (5-0) got their second lopsided win in two days and third win in five days.

NO. 6 DUKE 61, CHARLOTTE 55: Jasmine Thomas had 19 points, Krystal Thomas added 10 points, 14 rebounds and eight blocks and the visiting Blue Devils (6-0) overcame 30 percent shooting and an early 15-point deficit.

NO. 9 KENTUCKY 79, SO. MISS 59: Sophomore guard A'dia Mathies led a balanced effort with 14 points, and the Wildcats (5-0) pulled away in the second half in the championship game of the Lady Eagle Thanksgiving Classic in Hattiesburg, Miss.

NO. 10 W. VA. 64, NO. 19 IOWA ST. 53: Liz Repella had 15 points for the Mountaineers (6-0), who never trailed the Cyclones (4-1) at the Paradise Jam.

NO. 11 OKLA. 84, GARDNER-WEBB 75: Danielle Robinson had 18 points for the host Sooners (5-0), who shot 32.3 percent in the first half but 59 percent in the second to win their second game of the Basketball Travelers Invitational.

NO. 14 UNC 87, ILLINOIS 58: Italee Lucas had 25 points, Waltiea Rolle had 13 points and 12 rebounds and the Tar Heels (6-0) dominated inside at the Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Honolulu.

NO. 17 GEORGIA 76, Loyola Marymount 44: Porsha Phillips and Khaalidah Miller scored 15 each to lead a balanced offense for the Bulldogs (5-1) in the champion­ship game of the Westside Thanksgiving Classic in Los Angeles.

NO. 18 NOTRE DAME 92, WAKE 69: Natalie Novosel had a career-high 23 points to lead five players in double figures for the host Irish (4-2) in the WBCA Classic.

VIRGINIA 59, NO. 21 TCU 55: Chelsea Shine had 20 points as the Cavaliers rallied past the Frogs (3-3) at the Paradise Jam.

NO. 23 MARYLAND 82, UMASS 50: Freshman Alyssa Thomas had 15 points for the Terrapins (5-1), who shot 54 percent and forced 20 turnovers at the Pirate Invitational in Greenville, N.C.

NO. 25 MICH. ST. 76, RICHMOND 52: Kalisha Keane had 26 points, and the Spartans (4-1) used suffocating second-half defense to romp at the University of Central Florida Thanksgiving Classic.

Second-half shooting slump sends Bulls to defeat 11/27/10 [Last modified: Sunday, November 28, 2010 12:15am]
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