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Florida starts slow but earns victory

©Associated Press

December 2, 2002


LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Dalila Eshe, Tamia Williams and Tara Taylor scored 13, and Kelly Stevenson's blocked shot preserved Florida's 72-69 victory against Long Beach State on Sunday.

The Gators missed their first 11 shots as the 49ers took a 16-2 lead within the first six minutes. Sarah Lowe made the Gators' first field goal 6:40 in on a layup and followed with two free throws to ignite a 23-10 run.

Down 69-63, Long Beach scored the next four points to make it 69-67 with 45 seconds left.

Lowe hit a free throw with 42.8 seconds left and Stevenson followed with two more with 25 seconds left.

The 49ers' Glory Johnson then made a 2-footer, and the 49ers immediately fouled Lowe with seven seconds left.

Lowe missed the one-and-one. Long Beach got the rebound, and Christina Mack got off a 3-pointer that Stevenson blocked.

The block was the Gators' 13th, one shy of the team record set Dec.20, 1983, against Harvard.

"We regrouped from a sluggish start, and I was proud of the way we fought when we were in a hole," Gators coach Carolyn Peck said.

"Our defense was very aggressive and kept us in the game."

USF 80, BIRMINGHAM SOUTHERN 66: Tristen Webb scored a career-high 21 and the host Bulls made 9 of 16 3-pointers to win the Roundball Classic.

Tournament MVP Sonia Cotton helped put the game away by scoring nine of her 16 during a 10-minute stretch of the second half. Alana Tanksley scored 11 during the span, including three 3-pointers, as the Bulls took a 70-57 lead with 5:36 left.

Vols win game, lose player

CAROLINA, Puerto Rico -- No.4 Tennessee might have lost Brittany Jackson for the season.

The sophomore collided with an opponent with 29 seconds left in a 75-40 rout of Saint Louis on the final day of the San Juan Shootout, and the forward might have damaged ligaments in her left knee.

"It's a big loss," coach Pat Summitt said. "We don't have a player on our team who can shoot the 3 with the range and quickness of Brittany."

Tennessee trainer Jenny Moshak said Jackson likely tore two ligaments in her left knee.

Saint Louis trailed 30-22 at halftime, but Tennessee started the second half with a 16-4 run.

NO. 5 UCONN 73, NO. 23 OKLAHOMA 60: Diana Taurasi scored 30 as the Huskies won the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu. Up 45-42, UConn began the second half with a 17-1 run. The Sooners missed their first 11 shots and committed six turnovers while Taurasi made four consecutive baskets.

NO. 6 PURDUE 65, SOUTHERN MISS 53: The visiting Boilermakers shot just 38 percent from the field but held the Eagles to 39 percent and forced 27 turnovers. Dana Jones made two free throws with about three minutes left to cut Purdue's lead to 54-50. But Purdue, 26-for-32 from the line, pulled away with 11 free throws down the stretch.

NO. 9 VANDY 84, HARVARD 44: Chantelle Anderson scored 13 of her game-high 19 during the first half as the host Commodores won the First Tennessee Tournament. Vanderbilt led 42-15 at halftime.

NO. 21 GW 78, VCU 37: Cathy Joens made six 3-pointers and scored 28 for the host Colonials. She scored 12 of George Washington's first 17 and finished with 24 in the first half, matching Virginia Commonwealth's total.

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