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Florida prevails over UMass in double OT

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December 29, 2002

GAINESVILLE -- Sarah Lowe scored 17 as Florida outlasted Massachusetts 78-70 in double overtime Saturday in the State Farm Classic.

The Gators (7-4) shot 4-for-4, including two 3-pointers, in the second overtime to break a tie at 66 after the first OT.

Lowe led five Gators in double digits. Bernice Mosby had 15 points and a game-high 18 rebounds, and Tishona Gregory scored 15 off the bench. Forward Courtney Cooper scored 13 and reserve Danielle Santos added 11.

Massachusetts (8-2) was led by center Jennifer Butler, who had 30 points and 16 rebounds. UMass shot 28 percent from the field and 3-of-34 from three-point range.

In the first game, Virginia, which plays UF at 7:30 tonight for the title, beat No. 25 Michigan 78-64. Brandi Teamer scored a game-high 20 for the Cavaliers.

Vols rein in Notre Dame

INDIANAPOLIS -- Tennessee wanted to pressure Notre Dame's guards and get the Irish out of synch. Mission accomplished.

Gwen Jackson scored 16, Tasha Butts matched her season high with 13 points and No. 5 Tennessee kept Notre Dame's top scoring threats in check as it rolled 77-61 over the No. 12 Irish.

The Irish were off on offense, and their top two scorers finished with a combined seven points and two baskets. The Irish are 0-15 against Tennessee dating to 1983.

NO. 2 LSU 76, NO. 15 TEXAS 58: Aiysha Smith scored 19 and DeTrina White added 16 for the host Tigers. LSU trailed 37-28 early in the second half, then outscored Texas 34-12 in the final 11 minutes. The Tigers held Texas' leading scorer, Stacy Stephens, to six.

NO. 4 KANSAS ST. 63, N. ILLINOIS 58: Kendra Wecker had 25 points and 10 rebounds for the visiting Wildcats, which led 29-28 at the half.

NO. 8 TEXAS TECH 86, SOUTHERN MISS 62: Cisti Greenwalt had 21 points and a career-high 11 rebounds as the visiting Red Raiders won their eighth straight. Texas Tech hasn't lost since dropping its opener 85-76 to Louisiana Tech.

TCU 70, NO. 9 VANDY 53: Tricia Payne scored 21, including five 3-pointers, for the host Horned Frogs. Payne became the fifth TCU player to score 1,000 in her career. The Commodores were leading the nation in field-goal percentage but shot 39 (19-of-49) and committed 20 turnovers.

NO. 10 ARKANSAS 71, W. KENTUCKY 61: Dana Cherry scored 19 to lead the host Razorbacks to their fifth straight win. The score was tied at 56 with less than five minutes left. Leslie Logsdon made a 3-pointer to bring the Hilltoppers within one. Then two layups by Cherry put Arkansas up 67-61 with just under two minutes left.

NO. 11 MINN. 88, WRIGHT ST. 54: Janel McCarville and Kim Prince each scored 18 to lead the visiting Gophers, who shot 65 percent from the field and outrebounded Wright State 40-23. Tiffany Webb scored 31 for Wright State, which lost its seventh straight.

UTAH 69, NO. 14 MISS ST. 65: Shona Thorburn had 23 points and seven rebounds to lead the Utes in the opening game of the Griz Holiday Classic at Missoula, Mont. Mississippi State, which led by as many as 10 in the first half, had its six-game winning streak snapped.

NO. 17 PENN ST. 96, KENT ST. 68: Kelly Mazzante scored 19 of her 28 in the first half, leading the Nittany Lions in the Surf 'N Slam Classic in San Diego. Tanisha Wright had 19 points and seven assists for Penn State, which made 11 of 23 3s.

NO. 19 OU 87, SE MISSOURI ST. 59: Theresa Schuknecht had 23 points and eight rebounds and Dionnah Jackson added 20 points for the host Sooners.

NO. 20 BC 67, SMU 57: Clare Droesch scored 16 and the Eagles overcame the loss of leading scorer Becky Gottstein, who sprained her left ankle five minutes into the victory in the DoubleTree Classic. Gottstein is doubtful for today's championship game against host Tulane, which beat North Carolina-Greensboro 63-43.

NO. 22 SANTA BARBARA 82, RICHMOND 72: Lisa Willett scored 16 and Mia Fisher added 14 for the Gauchos in the Ram Holiday Classic at Fort Collins, Colo. Amber Goppert led the Spiders with 19.

MIAMI 85, WILLIAM & MARY 57: Megan Saake had a game-high 16 points for the host Hurricanes in the Holiday Classic. Miami faces Maryland, which beat Cleveland State 76-62, in today's title game.

TAMPA 75, SHIPPENSBURG 57: Jessie McDowell scored 22 and Yushanda Morse added 21 and 11 rebounds for the host Spartans. Tampa had a season-low 12 turnovers.

ECKERD 72, DOMINICAN COLLEGE 63: The host Tritons had five players in double figures, led by Meridith Cook with 16 points and 14 rebounds.

FORDHAM 65, JACKSONVILLE 45: Forward Kat Sungy led the host Dolphins with 15 points and 11 rebounds, her fifth double double.

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