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Parsons takes a nasty spill in USF's 66-56 win

It wasn't exactly the Senior Night Ezria Parsons had envisioned.

The forward already had a double-double (14 points and 10 rebounds) with 10 minutes to play in USF's 66-56 win over West Virginia, when, with 9:44 left in the second half, Parsons had an awkward fall over Mountaineers forward Chakhia Cole, and fell on the back of her neck and head.

She laid on the floor and walked off on her own power, but Bulls coach Jose Fernandez anticipates she suffered a concussion.

If Fernandez's diagnosis is correct, it will be the second concussion Parsons has suffered this month. The senior took a fall at St. John's on Feb. 5.

"She had a great game tonight," Fernandez said. "She had a good bounce to her, running up and down the court, defending as well. She was assertive and looked good until the fall."

Despite the Mountaineers (12-14, 4-11) shooting 6-for-18 in the first half, the Bulls (18-10, 8-7) found themselves struggling to score after Parsons went down. West Virginia went on an 8-2 run after Parsons' departure, allowing the Mountaineers to pull within 10, but West Virginia couldn't quite overcome the Bulls' 11-0 first-half run that put USF in control to stay.

The nation's leading scorer, USF junior Jessica Dickson, led the game with 24 points, shooting 10-for-19 from the field, including 4-for-9 3-pointers.

"I knew I had be aggressive (tonight)," Dickson said. "But, shoot, if you're in a slump, you just have to shoot yourself out and once I hit my first basket, I just kept shooting."

If the Bulls win their last game at Georgetown, they should clinch the No. 7 seed in the Big East Tournament, but with USF's RPI up to 29, Fernandez is confident USF will go even further.

"We know it's projected for us to make the (NCAA) tournament," he said. "We know what our RPI is. If our RPI is in the top 40 in the country, I don't see how (the committee) can't take us. If we finish 19-11 I don't see how you can shy away from us."

NO. 2 UNC 77, NO. 1 DUKE 65: Ivory Latta scored 18 to help the host Tar Heels beat win the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title and a likely return to the top of the national rankings.

Erlana Larkins and La'Tangela Atkinson each added 16 for the Tar Heels, who led the entire way to earn their fifth straight win in the series. UNC earned its second win against a No. 1-ranked team - both against Duke - in 21 tries and earned the top seed in next week's ACC tournament for the second straight season.

NO. 7 RUTGERS 65, PITT 50: Cappie Pondexter scored 23 and the visiting Scarlet Knights clinched at least a tie for their second straight Big East title. It was the 23rd straight league win for Rutgers, which can capture the outright title and the No. 1 seed in the Big East tournament with a win at home Monday night against UConn.

NO. 8 UCONN 74, MARQUETTE 59: Renee Montgomery scored 15, and Barbara Turner and Charde Houston each scored 10 for the host Huskies, who have won five straight.

NO. 10 BAYLOR 79, KANSAS ST. 70: Sophia Young had 33 points and 13 rebounds for her 13th double-double of the season. Young, the Big 12's career rebounding leader, needs 31 points to break the conference scoring record of 2,333. Young also recorded her 300th career steal.

NO. 11 ARIZONA ST. 81, ARIZONA 45: Kristen Kovesdy scored 12 and had 11 rebounds for the host Sun Devils, who tied a school record set earlier this season for consecutive wins. They finished 15-0 at home for the season, also a school first.

NO. 15 STANFORD 77, WASHINGTON ST. 47: Candice Wiggins scored 14 of her 22 in the second half to help the host Cardinal win the Pac-10 title. Kate Benz, moved into fourth place on the Cougars' all-time rebounding list with 689.

NO. 16 DePAUL 74, PROVIDENCE 68: The host Friars pulled within two points four times in the last 6 minutes but each time, DePaul countered with a basket.

NO. 21 BYU 73, TCU 56: The host Cougars shot 45 percent and outrebounded the Lady Frogs 51-34.

NO. 23 NEW MEXICO 75, SAN DIEGO ST. 48: Julie Briody tied a career high with 20 points for the visiting Lobos. New Mexico's Dionne Marsh, sprained her left ankle 5 minutes into the game and was helped off the court but later returned to the bench on crutches.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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