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Arkansas shuts down Florida in 39-point win

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published January 17, 2003

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Shameka Christon, Ruby Vaden and India Lewis scored 14 in No.10 Arkansas' 84-45 victory against Florida on Thursday.

Tishona Gregory had 11 points, the only Gator in double digits.

Christon's layup sparked a 28-8 run as Arkansas led 42-23 at halftime. The Razorbacks held the Gators to 35.7 percent shooting and forced 15 turnovers during the first half. The Gators shot 28 percent for the game.

"There is a reason Arkansas is ranked 10th in the country," Gator coach Carolyn Peck said. "I thought our defense was pretty good, but we didn't box out. We gave up 21 offensive rebounds, and that can't happen if you expect to win."

Duke holds off Wake

DURHAM, N.C. -- Alana Beard scored 29, including 10 of Duke's last 14, to help the No.1 Blue Devils hold on to defeat Wake Forest 71-61.

Duke led 59-50 after Beard's layup with 6:15 left. But it missed six of its next seven shots as Wake Forest closed to 61-59 on a layup by Tiffani Listenbee with 1:11 left.

But Duke hit its final eight free throws, six by Beard, to win its 28th consecutive ACC game.

NO. 2 LSU 82, KENTUCKY 39: Doneeka Hodges made 6 of 8 3-pointers and scored 24 for the host Tigers, who matched a school record with their 15th consecutive victory.

LSU led 6-0 then went on a 35-14 run in which Kentucky made only one free throw during a three-minute stretch.

NO. 5 UT 88, ALABAMA 45: Gwen Jackson scored 13 of her 18 during the first half for the visiting Volunteers. Tennessee led 38-26 at halftime and took control with a 29-7 run.

NO. 6 STANFORD 85, WASH. ST 56: Nicole Powell scored a season-high 24 and had 14 rebounds in the host Cardinal's 26th consecutive Pac-10 victory. Stanford is 35-0 against Washington State, with 29 victories by 10 or more points.

NO. 8 UNC 77, CLEMSON 55: Candace Sutton scored eight of her 15 during a decisive second-half run for the visiting Tar Heels.

Clemson rallied from down 11 to lead 41-40 with 13:31 left. But the Tar Heels outscored the Tigers 37-14 during the last 13 minutes. Sutton's three-point play with 3:03 left made it 67-49.

NO. 9 PURDUE 73, NO. 13 PENN ST. 66: Shereka Wright scored 24 and Mary Jo Noon had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the host Boilermakers.

Purdue went on an 18-4 run late to take a 66-56 lead. Lindsey Hicks and Beth Jones made 3-pointers and Wright made six free throws during the run.

NO. 14 S.C. 66, NO. 17 VANDY 57: Jocelyn Penn, the nation's leading scorer, scored 21 of her 27 during the second half for visiting South Carolina.

Down 53-49, the Commodores tied it on Chantelle Anderson's basket with three minutes left. But Penn, who is averaging 27.3 points, and Kelly Morrone scored on consecutive possessions and South Carolina made 7 of 11 free throws down the stretch.

NO. 18 UC SANTA BARBARA 77, CS NORTHRIDGE 43: The visiting Gauchos, who won their sixth in a row, went on a 24-4 run to go up 32-10 with 5:31 left in the half. No team has finished within 14 points of the Gauchos during their streak.

NO. 22 ARIZONA 79, USC 76: Shawntinice Polk had 19 points and 12 rebounds as the host Wildcats held on. The Wildcats led 75-61 with 4:21 left before USC went on a 15-4 run and closed to 79-76 with 30 seconds left. But Rometra Craig missed a 3-pointer with eight seconds left.

'Noles take out Terrapins

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Florida State had its best shooting night of the season, making 31 of 56 shots, including 17-for-28 in the second half, as it defeated Maryland 76-61.

Tasheika Morris scored 24, 17 during the second half, for the Seminoles, who did not trail and led in rebounding 42-28.

The Terrapins trailed by 13 in the first half but closed to 43-39 with 12 minutes left. Morris then scored four during a 10-2 run that made it 53-41 with 7:41 left.

"I think the difference for us was rebounding," FSU coach Sue Semrau said. "We also put good pressure on their shooters."

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