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USF battles, falls in Garden debut

WHAT ELSE IS NEW: Maya Moore, shooting over Jesse Carey in the first half, had 24 points in UConn’s 58th straight victory.

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WHAT ELSE IS NEW: Maya Moore, shooting over Jesse Carey in the first half, had 24 points in UConn’s 58th straight victory.

NEW YORK — Playing for the first time at Madison Square Garden, USF put up a fight but fell just short, losing 57-55 to St. John's on Saturday to snap a two-game winning streak.

KaNeisha Saunders had 16 points on 7 of 12 shooting to lead the Bulls (11-8, 2-4 Big East). Sequoyah Griffin had 11 points, and Jessica Lawson had 10 points and 16 rebounds for her 10th double double of the season. Da'Shena Stevens had 15 points for the Red Storm (16-3, 4-2).

Trailing 45-40, the Bulls went on a 7-2 run, capped by Lawson's layup to tie it at 47 with 4:55 left. Stevens' layup put St. John's ahead for good, and Kelly McManmon's 3-pointer made it 55-51 with 1:25 left.

USF led for most of the first half but fell behind 20-19 when Centhya Hart's driving layup in the lane capped a 7-2 run. Shenneika Smith opened the second half with a personal 8-0 run to put St. John's ahead 28-19.

The Bulls responded with a 12-3 run to tie it at 31 with 14:19 left. Griffin's 3-pointer with 13:23 left gave USF its final lead at 34-33.

TAMPA 63, BARRY 39: Gianna Messina had 23 points and Catriana Messina 12 of her 14 in the second half for the host Spartans (17-2, 7-1 Sunshine State).

LYNN 59, ECKERD 58: Kira Harvey had 20 points for the host Knights. Ashley Lutz scored 20 to lead the Tritons (6-9, 1-6 SSC).

Top 25

NO. 1 UCONN 74, VILLANOVA 35: Maya Moore had 24 points and eight rebounds for the visiting Huskies (19-0, 6-0 Big East), who won their 58th straight game, 12 shy of tying the NCAA and school record from 2001-03.

NO. 2 STANFORD 100, OREGON 80: Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 30 points and a school-record 23 rebounds as the visiting Cardinal (17-1, 7-0 Pac-10) pulled away for its eighth straight win.

NO. 7 NEBRASKA 71, KANSAS ST. 56: Kelsey Griffin had 22 points and 12 rebounds and Yvonne Turner had 20 points and matched her career high with six 3-pointers for the host Cornhuskers (17-0, 4-0 Big 12).

NO. 9 TEXAS A&M 69, TEXAS TECH 54: Danielle Adams had 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocks to lead the host Aggies (15-2, 3-1 Big 12).

MISSOURI 70, NO. 10 BAYLOR 62: Jessra Johnson had 19 points for the host Tigers (11-7, 1-4 Big 12), who had lost nine of 10 to the Bears (14-4, 1-3).

NO. 11 XAVIER 62, ST. BONAVENTURE 53: Ta'Shia Phillips and Special Jennings had 16 points each as the visiting Musketeers (14-3, 4-0 Atlantic 10) won their fifth straight.

NO. 13 OKLAHOMA 81, KANSAS 69: Nyeshia Stevenson had 21 of her 22 points during an eight-minute second-half stretch as the host Sooners (14-4, 4-1 Big 12) gave coach Sherri Coale her 300th career victory.

ILL.-CHICAGO 81, NO. 17 WISC.-GB 72: Jasmine Bailey had 24 points as the host Flames handed the Phoenix (16-2, 5-2 Horizon) its second straight loss.

NO. 19 GEORGETOWN 74, DEPAUL 65: Sugar Rodgers had 18 points as the host Hoyas (17-2, 6-0 Big East) won their 16th straight game.

IOWA ST. 73, NO. 20 TEXAS 71: Kelsey Bolte had 19 points and hit a 3-pointer that put the visiting Cyclones up for good, capping a rally against the Longhorns (13-6, 2-3 Big 12).

NO. 23 TCU 81, UNLV 61: Emily Carter scored 13 of her 19 in the second half for the visiting Horned Frogs (14-4, 4-1 Mountain West).

USF battles, falls in Garden debut 01/23/10 [Last modified: Saturday, January 23, 2010 11:19pm]

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