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USF women upset Tulane

The South Florida women picked up one their biggest wins and ended a three-game skid by upsetting Tulane 70-67 Friday night.

The Bulls (8-4, 2-0 Conference USA) ended Tulane's nine-game winning streak.

"This is one of our biggest ever, no doubt about it," USF coach Jerry Ann Winters said. "This comes at a most opportune time for us because it's at the beginning of our league season. We got back on track and really did some nice things."

Grace Daley, a Lake Weir product who was runner-up for Florida's Miss Basketball in 1996, gave Tulane (9-2, 1-1) a 67-64 lead on a layup with 1:18 remaining. But the Bulls, who made just 19 of 32 free throws, scored the final six points from the line.

Charmain Leslie's two free throws with 38 seconds left put the Bulls ahead 68-67 for the first time since the 11:34 mark. She led USF with 18 points.

After Daley (31 points) drove the right baseline and misfired, Sonya Swick was fouled with 22 seconds left. She made one free throws and USF led by two.

Tulane's Kristen Koch missed from the top of the key with seven seconds left, and Swick followed with a free throw to finish with 15 points. Tulane's midcourt shot as time expired fell short.

Point guard Shannon Layne, a sophomore, led the Bulls in the second half with eight of her season-high 14 points. Layne, who directed the offense for the first time this season, was 3-for-4 from three-point range.


N.C. STATE: Forward Damon Thornton was charged with resisting or obstructing a public officer, trespassing and disorderly conduct after a disturbance at a Raleigh nightclub on New Year's Eve, police said. Coach Herb Sendek suspended Thornton for the ACC home opener against Georgia Tech today.

EASTERN KENTUCKY: Paul McBrayer, the school's winningest coach, died after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 89. McBrayer coached the team from 1946-62 and was 219-144.