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USF romps to stay unbeaten

OVERPOWERING: Stefanie Dolson, left, drives to the basket on Colgate’s Josie Stockill during the first half of UConn’s 101-41 victory.

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OVERPOWERING: Stefanie Dolson, left, drives to the basket on Colgate’s Josie Stockill during the first half of UConn’s 101-41 victory.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Freshman point guard Courtney Williams had career highs of 16 points, seven rebounds and six steals for USF, which cruised to a 77-29 win over UNC Asheville on Wednesday to improve to 5-0 for the first time since the 2008-09 season.

Two straight layups by Caitlin Rowe sparked an opening 11-2 run for the Bulls, who forced 26 turnovers, had a season-high 24 steals and allowed just nine field goals.

"This team can be very good if we trust our help and communicate better," coach Jose Fernandez said.

Andrea Smith also scored 16, twin Andrell Smith added 13 and Caitlin Rowe had 10. Ten Bulls scored.

"We had 20 assists on 29 baskets; that's pretty good," Fernandez said. "That's sharing the basketball, and I'm pleased with that."

USF also hit a season-best 72.7 percent of its free throws and set a season low with 13 turnovers, but Fernandez said the Bulls can get better.

"There are plenty of things we can get on tape to improve on," he said.

FSU 83, IOWA 69: Leonor Rodriguez had a career-best 28 points on 11-of-15 shooting, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range, and the host Seminoles cruised in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge to improve to 6-0 for the third time in four years.

AVE MARIA 55, ECKERD 54: Hayley Thompson hit the eventual winner with 32 seconds left for the Gyrenes, who held off a rally from a 12-point second-half deficit and snapped a three-game winning streak by the host Tritons (3-2).

Top 25

NO. 2 UCONN 101, COLGATE 41: Brianna Banks scored a career-high 20 and Stefanie Dolson added 18 for the host Huskies (6-0), who went undefeated in November for the eighth straight season.

NO. 4 DUKE 71, MICHIGAN 54: Chelsea Gray and Elizabeth Williams scored 19 each for the host Blue Devils (5-0) in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

NO. 7 LOUISVILLE 76, E. KENTUCKY 42: Sisters Jude and Shoni Schimmel had 12 points each and all 11 players scored for the host Cardinals (8-0), who failed to score for the first 3:47 before going on a 19-0 run.

NO. 8 GEORGIA 83, FURMAN 47: Khaalidah Miller was one of three guards to score in double figures for the host Bulldogs (8-0) with 17 points and added six rebounds.

NO. 9 KENTUCKY 92, MIAMI (OHIO) 53: Bernisha Pinkett had career highs of 21 points and 10 rebounds, A'dia Mathies added 14 points and the Wildcats (5-1) won their 25th straight home game.

NO. 11 MARYLAND 90, NO. 21 NEBRASKA 71: Alyssa Thomas scored 25 and Tianna Hawkins 21 for the visiting Terrapins (4-1), who cruised over the Cornhuskers (5-2) in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

NO. 14 PURDUE 85, GA. TECH 73: KK Houser scored 19, hitting all 10 free throws, and added 10 assists for the host Boilermakers (6-1) in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

NO. 22 UNC 57, NO. 15 OHIO ST. 54: Tierra Ruffin-Pratt had four of her 11 points in the final minute, and the host Tar Heels (7-0) scored the game's final six to rally. Tayler Hill missed a 3-pointer with one second left for the Buckeyes (4-2).

NO. 16 TENN. 88, MIDDLE TENN. 81, OT: Bashaara Graves had 15 points and 12 rebounds and reserve guard Kamiko Williams made several huge plays down the stretch as Vols (5-1) erased an 11-point second-half deficit.

NO. 18 OKLA. ST. 90, TEXAS ST. 55: Toni Young had 24 points and 19 rebounds for the host Cowgirls (5-0), who pulled away in the second half.

NO. 20 KANSAS 101, GRAMBLING ST. 47: Chelsea Gardner had 26 points and 10 rebounds, Asia Boyd added 15 points and 10 rebounds and all 11 players who saw action scored for the host Jayhawks, who are 6-0 for a third straight season.

NO. 23 DAYTON 95, WRIGHT ST. 73: Ally Malott and Samantha Mackay scored 20 each for the visiting Flyers (7-0), off to their best start since they moved to Division I in 1984-85.

USF romps to stay unbeaten 11/28/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 11:06pm]
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