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Bulls work hard, fall short

HARTFORD, Conn. — USF stayed with the No. 3 team in the nation for more than a half Saturday before falling 77-62 at Connecticut, becoming the 97th consecutive visitor to leave the Huskies home floor with a loss.

Caitlin Rowe scored 20, including four 3-pointers, for the Bulls (12-10, 4-4 Big East) and Inga Orekhova hit five 3's. Jasmine Wynne added 13 points for USF, which trailed just 38-37 two minutes into the second half.

"We feel like we can play with any team in the country," Wynne said. "We wish we could've had the win. There's no such thing as a moral victory, but we came out and played our hardest."

Former Winter Park standout Tiffany Hayes had 33 points and 10 rebounds for UConn (19-2, 8-1). Stefanie Dolson added 22 points and 18 rebounds.

Connecticut used a 17-5 second-half run to take control. A three-point play by Hayes capped the burst and gave the Huskies a 55-42 lead with just less than 12 minutes to play.

"(You) try to avoid the run when it comes," Bulls coach Jose Fernandez said. "The 8-0, the 10-2, the 16-4 runs that turn a three- to four-point game into 20. I thought we always stayed within striking distance. We avoided that run, that knockout punch."

UConn outrebounded USF 53-28, had 20 offensive boards and outscored the Bulls 32-16 in the paint.

"The difference in the game was the points in the paint and how well UConn rebounded," Fernandez said. "They absolutely exposed us on the glass."

Hayes has 68 points in the past two games, the most ever by a Husky in back-to-back contests.

ECKERD 72, FLA. TECH 70, OT: Kati Rausberg hit a go-ahead jumper with two minutes left in overtime for the host Tritons (11-6, 5-4 Sunshine State), who rallied from a 10-point deficit.

TAMPA 58, LYNN 47: Illyssa Vivo had 24 points to lead the host Spartans (9-10, 2-7 SSC).

Top 25

NO. 1 BAYLOR 74, KANSAS 46: Brittney Griner had 28 points, seven rebounds and five blocks to give her 506 for her career and move her into second place in NCAA history, leading the host Bears (21-0, 8-0 Big 12).

NO. 2 NOTRE DAME 71, ST. JOHN'S 56: Skylar Diggins had 24 points for the visiting Fighting Irish (21-1, 8-0 Big East), who won their 18th straight game.

NO. 4 STANFORD 74, CAL 71, OT: Chiney Ogwumike scored three of her career-high 27 in overtime to help the host Cardinal (18-1, 9-0) wrap up a perfect first half of the Pac-12 season.

NO. 12 GREEN BAY 65, VALPARAISO 37: Julie Wojta scored 14 of her 19 in the first half for the visiting Phoenix (19-0, 9-0 Horizon).

IOWA 59, NO. 13 PURDUE 42: Kamille Wahlin scored all 13 of her points in the second half as the host Hawkeyes snapped an 11-game winning streak by the Boilermakers (18-4, 8-1 Big Ten).

NO. 16 LOUISVILLE 62, VILLANOVA 58: Asia Taylor scored 12 of her season-high 14 in the second half for the host Cardinals (17-4, 6-2 Big East).

NO. 21 TEXAS TECH 75, TEXAS 71: Jordan Barncastle had 19 points, including a key three-point play with 24 seconds left, to help the host Raiders (15-5, 3-5 Big 12) end a five-game skid.

NO. 22 GONZAGA 75, SAINT MARY'S (CALIF.) 70: Taelor Karr made a go-ahead 3-pointer with two minutes left then added three free throws in the final 31 seconds for the visiting Bulldogs (19-3, 8-1 WCC).

NO. 23 DEPAUL 71, SETON HALL 59: Jasmine Penny had 19 points, and the visiting Blue Demons (16-6, 4-4 Big East) avoided their first four-game losing streak since the 2003-04 season.

NO. 23 BYU 74, SANTA CLARA 64: Kristen Riley had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the visiting Cougars (20-3, 9-1 WCC).