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Bulls cruise to tournament win

Jessica Dickson took MVP honors as USF won the Best Western Roundball Classic on Sunday by defeating Massachusetts 86-61.

In two games Dickson had 38 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and two blocks.

The Bulls (6-0) led at 6-4 and never trailed.

Dickson and Shantia Grace combined for USF's first nine points before making way for nine other players to score in the first half. Grace's 10 first-half points and freshman forward Porche Grant's 10 rebounds helped USF take a 41-28 halftime lead.

In the second half, the Minutewomen (5-1) cut USF's lead to eight with 11 minutes remaining. But the Bulls went on a 15-4 run over the next five minutes to put the game away.

USF committed just 13 turnovers while scoring 23 points off 17 UMass miscues.

Top 25

NO. 4 TENNESSEE 88, MIDDLE TENNESSEE 64: Candace Parker and Sidney Spencer each scored 16 for the host Vols (5-0). Tennessee built a big lead in the first half by shooting 63 percent - 21-of-33 from the field. Parker left the game in the second half with a knee injury after falling while several players were going after a loose ball. She sat on the bench the rest of the game with her right knee wrapped in ice, but after the game she said it was not serious. "I'm good," Parker said. "I just sat as a precaution."

NO. 6 OHIO STATE 83, MONTANA 43: Jessica Davenport had 22 points, 10 rebounds and six blocked shots to lead the host Buckeyes (5-0) over Montana in the Buckeye Classic title game. Ahead 42-22 at halftime, Davenport and Star Allen combined to score the first eight points of the second half, and Montana never got closer than 24 points. Davenport, a first-team All-America center and Big Ten player of the year the past two years, hit 9-of-11 shots from the floor and was named the tournament's most valuable player.

NO. 8 GEORGIA 74, NO. 11 STANFORD 69: Cori Chambers scored 21 and Ashley Houts made four free throws in the final 30 seconds for the host Bulldogs (5-0). Stanford (2-3) lost both games of its weekend road trip to the Southeastern Conference, falling to No. 4 Tennessee 77-60 on Friday. Megan Darrah scored 15 for Georgia, which led by 14 midway through the second half before Stanford cut the lead to 68-67. Stanford's Jillian Harmon and JJ Hones each missed free throws that could have tied the game before Houts, a freshman, sank two free throws with 30 seconds left for a 70-67 lead.

NO. 17 MICHIGAN STATE 68, HOUSTON 55: Victoria Lucas-Perry scored 21 to lead the visiting Spartans (4-1) past the winless Cougars. Playing on the road for the first time, Michigan State led by 14 but cold shooting in the second half kept the score close. Aisha Jefferson added 17 points and 15 rebounds, and Rene Haynes scored 13 for Michigan State. Sha'Ratta Hawkins led Houston with 16 points. Michigan State missed eight of its first nine and 10 of 15 and committed six turnovers in the first 12-1/2 minutes of the second half.

TEXAS TECH 75, NO. 21 UCLA 60: Erin Myrick had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Alesha Robertson scored 17 to lead the Raiders over the No. 21 Bruins (3-4) in the fifth-place game of the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu. Jordan Murphree added 14 points and Chesley Dabbs had 12 for the Raiders, who followed a first-round loss to Hawaii with a victory over Denver. Noelle Quinn led UCLA with 16 points and had nine assists, and Lindsey Pluimer added 15.

NO. 24 LOUISVILLE 82, N. COLORADO 52: Angel McCoughtry had 19 points, 12 rebounds and three steals, and Chauntise Wright added 20 points and nine rebounds off the bench to lead the visiting Cardinals (6-0). Louisville controlled the game early and didn't let up, and the Bears couldn't match the strength of Louisville's bench. The Northern Colorado bench was outscored 44-9.

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