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UF finds bright spot at end of tough stretch

SPARTAN STUNNER: Brittney Thomas, dribbling past Ohio State’s Amber Stokes, scored 19 to key Michigan State’s upset.

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SPARTAN STUNNER: Brittney Thomas, dribbling past Ohio State’s Amber Stokes, scored 19 to key Michigan State’s upset.

GAINESVILLE — Steffi Sorensen tied a career high with 20 points, Jordan Jones scored 12 and Sharielle Smith added 11 as Florida upset No. 20 Georgia 64-57 on Sunday.

The Gators (14-13, 7-7 SEC) had lost three straight, all to ranked foes, by an average of 35 points before knocking off the Bulldogs for the second time in 13 meetings. It was Florida's first win over a ranked team since Feb. 8, 2009, against No. 12 Tennessee.

"To say this is a tremendous win is an understatement," Gators coach Amanda Butler said. "Everything we have been talking about in terms of what makes us a good team showed up tonight. We had great senior leadership, players making plays and we were hitting our free throws, all on the heels of what has been the most challenging stretch of our season."

Florida led by as much as 14 in the second half but went without a field goal for the final 8:49. Georgia (20-7, 7-7) cut the deficit to four with 29 seconds left but had a turnover and a missed jump shot on its last two possessions. The Gators hit 22 of 29 free throws down the stretch.

MICH. ST. 71, NO. 7 OHIO ST. 68, OT: Brittney Thomas had 19 points, including a basket to trigger an 8-0 run and two clinching free throws in overtime, to lead the visiting Spartans past the Buckeyes (26-4, 14-3 Big Ten).

NO. 8 DUKE 71, MARYLAND 59: Karima Christmas had a career-high 25 points plus a key offensive rebound and a three-point play down the stretch for the host Blue Devils (23-4, 11-1 ACC).

NO. 11 OKLAHOMA 64, KANSAS ST. 58: Nyeshia Stevenson had 24 points for the visiting Sooners (19-7, 9-3 Big 12), who rallied from a 21-point second-half deficit to win for the fourth time in five games.

NO. 16 KENTUCKY 71, S.C. 50: Victoria Dunlap had 16 points for the Wildcats (23-4, 11-3 SEC), who finished 17-0 at home in front of 7,742 at Memorial Coliseum, the sixth-largest crowd in school history.

NO. 19 GA. TECH 77, MIAMI 73: Brigitte Ardossi had 27 points and hit two free throws with 25 seconds left for the Yellow Jackets (21-7, 7-5 ACC). The host Hurricanes (16-11, 3-9) twice committed turnovers with opportunities to tie or take the lead.

NO. 25 VANDY 68, OLE MISS 59: Jence Rhoads had 19 points and the Commodores (19-8, 8-6 SEC), who had lost two of three, won in Oxford for the first time since 2003.

UF finds bright spot at end of tough stretch 02/21/10 [Last modified: Sunday, February 21, 2010 10:00pm]
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