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USF women still rolling into new year

TAMPA — Katelyn Weber had a season-high 10 points and added seven rebounds as USF closed out 2014 with its fifth straight win, 72-39 over Memphis on Wednesday.

The Bulls (11-3, 2-0 American Athletic) opened the game with a 20-2 run and allowed their fewest points this season. They also had a 51-28 rebounding advantage.

Mooriah Rowser had 13 points for the Tigers (6-7, 0-2), who shot 17-of-67 from the field (25.4 percent).

"I was pleased with how we defended," coach Jose Fernandez said. "That's something we take a lot of pride in and it definitely showed. It showed the first 20 minutes, that's for sure."

USF went to its bench early and often: 13 players saw action and 11 scored. Its reserves outscored the Tigers' 42-6.

Courtney Williams and Tamara Taylor had nine points each, and Ariadna Pujol, Shalethia Stringfield and Maria Jespersen added eight. Alisia Jenkins had nine rebounds, five blocks and four steals.

"We've never been this deep and play as many people as we can play," Fernandez said.

Weber had a season-high eight points by halftime, when USF led 41-15 after holding Memphis to 6-of-32 shooting from the field (18.8 percent). The Bulls allowed 20 points or fewer in the first half for the third time this season.

"We started our warmup with energy and we brought that energy into the game. We just had energy throughout the whole entire game," Jenkins said.

NO. 2 UCONN 89, ECU 38: Breanna Stewart scored 26 for the visiting Huskies (11-1, 2-0 AAC), who never trailed en route to their 10th straight win.

NO. 5 TEXAS A&M 75, N. TEXAS 38: Courtney Walker scored 12 for the host Aggies (12-2), who rebounded from consecutive losses.

INDIANA 70, NO. 24 MICH. ST. 51: Jenn Anderson scored 19 and Tyra Buss had a career-high 15 rebounds for the host Hoosiers, who held the Spartans (8-5, 0-2 Big Ten) to their fewest points this season.

Men

NO. 2 DUKE 84, WOFFORD 55: Freshman Jahlil Okafor scored 24 and fellow newcomer Justise Winslow added 16 for the host Blue Devils (12-0), who broke it open by shooting 71 percent in the second half in their nonconference finale.

NO. 4 WIS. 89, PENN ST. 72: Frank Kaminsky had 18 points and 14 rebounds, Nigel Hayes scored 21 and the host Badgers (13-1) shot a blistering 63 percent from the field to win their sixth straight game in a Big Ten opener.

NO. 6 VILLANOVA 67, BUTLER 55: Ryan Arcidiacono scored 15 and JayVaughn Pinkston 13 to help the host Wildcats (13-0) match the 1937-38 team for the best start in program history in a Big East opener.

NO. 9 IOWA ST. 83, MVSU 33: Naz Long made seven 3-pointers and scored a season-high 24 for the host Cyclones (10-1), who shot 51 percent from the field to help coach Fred Hoiberg earn his 100th career win.

SETON HALL 78, NO. 15 ST. JOHN'S 67: Sterling Gibbs had 25 points and eight assists, and the host Pirates snapped a seven-game winning streak by the Red Storm (11-2) in a Big East opener.

NO. 16 WICHITA ST. 66, DRAKE 58: Ron Baker scored 23, including 13 straight down the stretch, and the visiting Shockers (11-2) bounced back from a Christmas Day loss to George Washington by opening league play with their 22nd straight Missouri Valley Conference victory.

NO. 18 OKLA. 61, G. MASON 43: Buddy Hield scored all but two of his 17 in the first half for the host Sooners (9-3) in their final game before Big 12 play begins.

TULSA 56, UCF 54: James Woodard broke a tie with 3:29 left with a 3-pointer then hit a jumper with 1:49 left to seal the visiting Golden Hurricanes' win over the Knights (7-5) in an American Athletic Conference opener.

INDIANA 70, NEBRASKA 65: Nick Zeisloft hit two free throws with 33 seconds left and Collin Hartman added one 21 seconds later to seal it for the visiting Hoosiers (11-3) in a Big Ten opener.

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