Compiled from Times wires
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 3, 2003
TAMPA -- Kara Braxton scored 29 on 12-for-19 shooting as Georgia handed South Florida its worst loss of the season, 91-44 Thursday night at the Sun Dome.
Katie Frye added 12 rebounds for the Bulldogs, who outrebounded the Bulls 54-32. Georgia shot 52.2 percent, best this season against USF, and held the Bulls to 25 percent.
Georgia held the Bulls scoreless for the first 3:43 and without a field goal for 61/2 minutes en route to a 15-1 lead. USF pulled within 29-20 with 7:22 left in the half but got no closer as Georgia closed the half with a 20-5 run.
Aiya Shepard led USF with 15 points, all in the first half.
FSU 63, WAKE 61: LaQuinta Neely hit a 10-foot jumper in the lane with 1.7 seconds left to break a tie and lift the visiting Seminoles in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.
Erin Ferrell, who led the Demon Deacons with 15 points and seven rebounds, hit two free throws with 14 seconds left to force the eighth tie of the second half before Neely's winner.
SAINT LEO 96, N.J. TECH 40: Jackie Pugh and Maria Martin scored 13 each as the host Lions won their sixth straight and seventh in eight games.
NO. 2 LSU 74, N. TEXAS 43: Aiysha Smith scored 14 of her 16 in the first half, and the visiting Tigers continued their best start in six years. LSU (11-0) won its first 14 in the 1996-97 season.
NO. 7 PURDUE 76, TULANE 66: Erika Valek matched a season high with 23 points as the host Boilermakers pulled away with a 10-2 second-half run.
NO. 8 TEXAS TECH 94, RUTGERS 81: Plenette Pierson matched her career high with 31 points and added 17 rebounds to lead the host Red Raiders to their 10th straight win.
OKLA. ST. 60, NO. 9 ARKANSAS 58: Meghan Craig scored the winner, hitting from underneath the basket on the inbounds as time expired for the host Cowboys.
NO. 10 MINNESOTA 98, MICHIGAN 70: Lindsay Whalen scored 30 and Corrin Von Wald had 13 of her 18 in the first half to lead the host Golden Gophers.
NO. 11 UNC 71, GA. TECH 64: Coretta Brown scored 23 and Leah Metcalf 15 as the visiting Tar Heels withstood Fallon Stokes' career-high 34.
LOUISVILLE 92, NO. 12 VANDY 82: Sara Nord scored 25 and Lori Nero added 22 as the host Cardinals withstood Ashley McElhiney's school-record 17 assists.
NO. 15 PENN ST. 86, WISCONSIN 55: Kelly Mazzante scored 26 and the visiting Nittany Lions beat the Badgers for the seventh time in eight meetings.
NO. 17 TEXAS 64, TEXAS A&M-C.C. 37: Heather Schreiber had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the host Longhorns.
NO. 18 MISS. ST. 78, XAVIER 64: Tan White scored 23 and LaToya Thomas added 14 for the host Bulldogs.
NO. 20 ARIZONA 96, OREGON 65: Shawtinice Polk had 16 points and 11 rebounds as coach Joan Bonvicini earned her 200th win with the host Wildcats.
NO. 21 WIS.-G.B. 93, CLEVELAND ST. 73: Natalie Yudt had a career-high 20 points for the host Phoenix.
NO. 22 UCSB 65, BYU 51: Lindsay Taylor had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and the host Gauchos held the Cougars to 27 percent shooting.
NO. 25 COLORADO 76, BUFFALO 47: Kate Fagan and Randie Wirt each scored 15 as the visiting Buffaloes won their seventh straight.