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Florida battles back but can't conquer record skid

Compiled from Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 14, 2003


GAINESVILLE -- Natasha Brackett scored 26 and Auburn hit five of its first six 3-pointers to take a big lead and beat Florida 62-51 on Thursday night, handing the Gators their school-record 10th loss in a row.

Auburn (17-6, 5-5 SEC) went ahead 47-30 on a layup by Mandisa Stevenson with 14:21 left, then went on a 10-minute scoring drought.

Florida (8-14, 0-9) cut the deficit to 47-42, but Brackett made a 3-pointer with 4:14 left, and the Tigers held on.

Gators center Vanessa Hayden had 15 points and 15 rebounds and blocked four shots in the first six minutes, breaking a 22-year-old school record for career blocks with 231.

NO. 8 UNC 72, FSU 56: Coretta Brown had 22 points and seven assists to lead the host Tar Heels. North Carolina (22-2, 11-1 ACC) won its seventh straight conference game since an overtime loss to Duke. Tasheika Morris scored 20 for Florida State (15-7, 7-4).

UCF 74, GARDNER-WEBB 60: Adrienne Billings had 12 points and 11 rebounds for her sixth career double double as visiting UCF (12-9, 8-2 Atlantic Sun) beat the Runnin' Bulldogs (3-18, 2-8).

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NO. 2 DUKE 82, GA. TECH 43: Alana Beard scored 23 as the host Blue Devils (25-1, 11-0 ACC) held the Yellow Jackets (15-8, 4-7) to 29 percent shooting. Iciss Tillis had 14 points, eight rebounds and six steals for Duke, which shot 54 percent in its 35th straight league win.

NO. 4 LSU 85, ALABAMA 43: Seimone Augustus had 16 points in 18 minutes for the host Tigers (21-1, 9-1 Southeastern Conference), who held the Crimson Tide (11-12, 1-9) to 29 percent shooting (16-for-55).

WASH. 92, NO. 6 STANFORD 68: Giulina Mendiola scored 13 of her 20 in the second half as the Huskies (18-6, 10-4 Pac-10) beat the Cardinal (19-3, 11-2) to improve to 12-0 at home.

NO. 12 PENN ST. 80, NO. 9 PURDUE 68: Jess Brungo scored 23 and Kelly Mazzante added 16 for the host Nittany Lions (21-5, 11-1 Big Ten). Shereka Wright scored 24 and hit her first 13 shots, seven field goals and six free throws, for the Boilermakers (19-4, 8-3).

NO. 10 LA. TECH 87, FRESNO ST. 62: Amber Obaze scored 19 to lead the host Techsters (20-2, 12-0 WAC) past the Bulldogs (12-10, 6-6) for their 18th straight win.

NO. 13 ARKANSAS 70, KENTUCKY 60: Dana Cherry scored 15 to lead the visiting Razorbacks (19-5, 6-3 SEC) to their third consecutive victory. Arkansas overcame 13 lead changes and 12 ties by outscoring the Wildcats (9-12, 2-7) 14-3 in the final two minutes.

NO. 14 GEORGIA 92, NO. 15 S. CAROLINA 91 (2OT): The host Bulldogs (17-5, 8-1 SEC) overcame a 19-point deficit and completed a season sweep of the Gamecocks (17-6, 5-5) after South Carolina tied it twice. Petra Ujhelyi's 3-pointer tied it at 72 in regulation, and Cristina Ciocan's runner in the lane with 2.7 seconds left in the first overtime tied it at 82.

NO. 17 MINN. 64, N'WESTERN 61: Corrin Von Wald had a career-high 27 points and nine rebounds to lead the visiting Golden Gophers (18-4, 7-4 Big Ten) to a come-from-behind victory over the Wildcats (7-17, 2-11).

NO. 18 VANDY 67, OLE MISS 70: Jenni Benningfield scored 25 to lead the visiting Commodores (16-7, 6-4 SEC) past the Rebels (12-11, 1-9) for their third straight win and sixth in eight games.

NO. 20 USCS 77, ILLINOIS 72: Linday Taylor scored 22 as the host Gauchos (18-3) beat the Illini (14-8) for their seventh win in a row.

MICH. ST. 65, NO. 22 OHIO ST. 64: Kelli Roehrig scored 25 and Lindsay Bowen added 16 as the host Spartans (14-8, 7-4 Big Ten) blew a 20-point lead in the second half before beating the Buckeyes (17-6, 8-4).

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