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No. 7 beaten by No. 19 UF in title game

Naomi Mobley had 15 points and 10 rebounds as No. 19 Florida beat No. 7 Rutgers 66-58 Friday night in the championship game of the State Farm Classic.

Brandy McCain added 16 points and six assists for Florida (11-1). The Gators won their holiday tournament for the ninth time since its 1990 inception.

Kourtney Walton scored 19 points to lead Rutgers (8-2), which was off to its best start since beginning the 1990-91 season with 13 straight wins.

The Scarlet Knights' loss is their second to a ranked team from the Southeastern Conference this month. On Dec. 3, they fell to then-No. 7 Georgia 82-53 at the Elite 4 Classic. Rutgers is 10-23 against the SEC.

Mobley, voted the tournament's most valuable player, helped the Gators break open the game midway through the second half. During a 12-2 run that put them ahead 41-30, the 6-foot-2 junior forward scored eight points.

Rutgers, which closed the deficit to eight points with 9:29 remaining, hurt its hopes of a comeback with foul trouble.

TAMPA 83, CULVER-STOCKTON 68: The host Spartans improved to 10-1 with their ninth consecutive victory, led by Nichole Blair's 21 points. Tampa freshman Yushonda Morse continued her streak of double-figure scoring in every game, getting 10.

Top-ranked Connecticut and No. 2 Tennessee meet for the first of at least two times this season, and the game might serve as a preview of things to come in March. Either UConn or Tennessee has won the national title five of the past six years.

The Huskies lead the series 6-5. The teams have met twice for national titles, and UConn won both, including last season's dominating 71-52 victory.

MIAMI 64, W. MICHIGAN 51: Dalia Clarke was named most valuable player of the Gatorade Holiday Classic after leading the host school to the championship. Miami (6-4) had not won the tournament since the 1997-98 season.

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