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Errors cost FSU a chance at an upset

Tasha Hamilton had 14 points and 11 rebounds as No. 11 Auburn took advantage of Florida State turnovers for a 55-52 comeback victory on Sunday.

Trailing 47-45, the Tigers scored six points on three straight turnovers to take the lead for good. The Seminoles committed 12 turnovers in the second half that resulted in 19 Auburn points.

"This was a great win for our program," Auburn coach Joe Ciampi said. "I know how disappointing it must feel for (coach) Sue Semrau and the FSU players. They've had so many close games and are doing so many things right. Sue Semrau is building a great foundation here and we were fortunate enough to finish the game three points ahead of them."

Brooke Wyckoff had 18 points to lead the Seminoles. Latavia Coleman added nine points and 11 rebounds.

Florida State took a 15-8 lead at 11:14 mark before the Tigers went on an 8-0 run to force the first of four ties in the final six minutes of the half. Auburn led 24-22 at the break.

Neither team led by more than four in the second half.

"I am very encouraged with the progress of this basketball team," Semrau said. "I thought we lost something emotionally after the Clemson loss (73-61 on Thursday).

"Coming so close, so many times, I told the team that this game was a tuneup for the second half of the ACC (schedule). Our players responded and did an exceptional job today."

DEPAUL 79, USF 73: The host Blue Demons hit 12 of 22 three-pointers to hand the Bulls their ninth straight loss.

South Florida, 7-24 in Conference USA road games through five seasons, made 8 of 21 free throws and missed nine in the second half.

"I thought we were playing better defense today than we have in a long time, but everybody was shooting it from outside for them," USF coach Jerry Ann Winters said. "We knew they had several players capable of shooting the three, but not like they did today."

Keyed by three three-pointers, DePaul went on a 13-2 run midway through the second half to take a 56-47 lead before the Bulls rallied, tying the score at 66 when Aiya Shepard scored off a fastbreak. After DePaul surged ahead 73-68, Shannon Layne's three-pointer from the top of the key pulled the Bulls within 73-71 with 1:05 left.

Laura Sobieszczyk then missed both free throws with 25 seconds left. Sylvia Blakeslee gave the Blue Demons a 75-71 cushion with a pair of free throws with 21 seconds left.

Shepard drove the baseline for a basket with 14 seconds left to cut the deficit to 75-73, but DePaul hit four free throws in the final 12 seconds.

UF 79, SOUTH CAROLINA 63: Tiffany Travis scored 16 of her 22 points in the second half, and Tombi Bell scored in double figures for the third straight game with 17 for the host Gators.

Bell helped Florida pull away by hitting 13 of 16 free throws.

"Tombi has really emerged as this team's leader," UF coach Carol Ross said. "She saw what we needed to do on the court and she made it happen. She's a fighter out there and that energy carries over to her teammates."

Shaun Gortman, the Gamecocks' leading scorer, sprained her left knee six minutes into the game and did not return. Kelly Morrone had 15 points, Annie Lester 13 and Shannon Segres 12 for South Carolina.

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