Sunday, January 21, 2018
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USF's Laksa gets women's honor

USF freshman Kitija Laksa, possibly the nation's most proficient 3-point shooter over the last six days, was named American Athletic Conference women's player of the week on Monday.

Laksa went 5-for-7 from long range Sunday in a 75-59 home loss to top-ranked Connecticut. In her last three contests, she's 17-for-27 on 3-pointers, including 8-for-12 in Thursday's 83-56 rout of SMU. Laksa's 38 points in that victory were second-most in a game in AAC history.

The Bulls moved up three spots to 19th in the Associated Press poll released Monday. Florida entered the poll at No. 20, its first ranking since March 2009, giving the SEC seven ranked teams. The Gators (14-2) are tied for the second-best start in school history. Miami (21), Louisville (23) and USC (25) also entered the poll. Duke, which beat Wake Forest and lost to Louisville, fell to No. 22, its lowest ranking since Nov. 29, 1999 (also 22).

MEN: Kansas and Oklahoma remained 1-2 in Monday's poll. The Sooners, who lost at KU in triple overtime, got a first-place vote. No. 10 SMU, in the top 10 for the first time since February 1985, had coach Larry Brown back directing practice a day after a day after he missed the second half of a victory over UCF because he felt dizzy. He cited fatigue, dehydration and a virus.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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