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Travis scores 16 as Florida starts fast, drubs Western Michigan

Senior Tiffany Travis scored 16 points and had five rebounds to lead Florida to a 72-56 rout of Western Michigan at the O'Connell Center Tuesday night.

Sophomore Monique Cardenas had 12 points and seven rebounds, and senior Tonya Washington added 11 and eight.

The Gators, led by Naomi Mobley with 10 rebounds, outrebounded Western Michigan 56-33.

"We got the most important month of the season off to a good start," Florida coach Carol Ross said.

"I wanted a lot of players to see action to get ready for the stretch run. We need more than just our starters to contribute in the month of February."

The Gators started out strong, going on 9-0 and 14-0 runs in the first half and leading by 17 at halftime.

The Broncos had won eight of their past nine games before Tuesday. Twins Brianne and Brooke Gallert scored 13 and 12 points for Western Michigan. Danielle Mueller added 11 and Kristin Koetsier, who entered the game averaging 21.2 points, had 10.

Florida plays at No. 3 Georgia on Thursday and at Vanderbilt on Sunday.

DUKE: Forward Peppi Browne tore an isolated anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee in last week's victory over North Carolina. It was unclear if or when Browne ca play again this season for the 12th-ranked Blue Devils. Browne, the team's second-leading scorer and rebounder, hoped to use a knee brace later this week.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Shaunzinski Gortman, South Carolina's leading scorer, will miss the rest of the season with a torn ligament in her left knee. The sophomore had started every game this year at point guard. She was injured Sunday early in a 79-63 loss at Florida. She was dribbling uncontested when she was injured. After the game, officials thought it was only a minor knee sprain. But an MRI exam Monday showed that Gortman had torn an anterior cruciate ligament. Gortman is averaging 14.8 points, 4.2 assists and 2.6 steals.

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