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FSU opens ACC play with a loss

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Published January 3, 2004

ATLANTA - Fallon Stokes scored 18 to lead Georgia Tech to a 66-59 victory over Florida State in the ACC opener for both teams Friday night.

Megan Isom added 13 points and center Kasha Terry grabbed 11 rebounds, blocked six shots and scored 10 for Georgia Tech.

Georgia Tech (10-3) held a 47-37 advantage in rebounds and outscored FSU 36-28 in the paint.

FSU's starters combined to shoot 10-for-44, with none in double figures. Reserve Holly Johnson made 4-of-5 3-point shots to score 14 for FSU (7-5).

FSU led 29-27 at halftime.

FLORIDA 62, TEMPLE 49: Vanessa Hayden led a balanced scoring attack and a stifling defense for the visiting Gators. Hayden had 15 points, 17 rebounds and seven blocks as UF improved to 10-3. Hayden moved into third all-time in SEC blocks with 291.

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NO. 5 UT 74, NO. 19 TCU 66: Tasha Butts scored 19 and the visiting Vols overcame a season-high 24 turnovers. Butts' layup put Tennessee ahead 68-60 with less than two minutes left. The Horned Frogs scored four straight, but Butts made two free throws and LaToya Davis converted a steal into a layup.

NO. 10 PENN STATE 47, NO. 7 PURDUE 42: Tanisha Wright scored 17 for the visiting Nittany Lions in the Big Ten opener for both. Penn State used a 11-1 run in the second half to lead 36-31. Purdue shot 21 percent, second worst in school history. Both teams scored their fewest points of the season. Shereka Wright, Purdue's leading scorer, was double- and triple-teamed. She scored 16, going 4-for-16.

NO. 14 UNC 90, WAKE FOREST 79: Ivory Latta scored 30 and fellow freshman Camille Little added 28 with 13 rebounds as host North Carolina rallied from 13 down in the ACC opener for both.

NO. 16 VA. TECH 52, LIBERTY 45: Dawn Chriss scored 15, including three in the final minute, as the host Hokies rallied.

NO. 18 OHIO ST. 65, WISCONSIN 46: LaToya Turner had 14 points, eight rebounds and four blocks for the host Buckeyes. The Badgers missed all 10 3-pointers in the Big Ten opener for both.

NO. 22 BC 61, VILLANOVA 48: Amber Jacobs scored 10 of her 22 in the final 3:42, giving host Boston College (11-1) its best start.

NO. 23 MICHIGAN ST. 59, IU 41: Reserve Rene Haynes scored 11 and the host Spartans held Indiana to 33 percent shooting in the Big Ten opener for both.

NO. 24 VANDY 61, SYRACUSE 52: Ashley Earley had 19 points and 14 rebounds and Jenni Benningfield added 13 points and 11 rebounds in a rare reserve role as she recovers from a sore right foot. Visiting Syracuse, with seven players because of suspensions and departures, led 24-14 with 6:15 left in the first half, but Vanderbilt closed with a 14-0 run.

NO. 25 UTAH 75, S.F. 48: Kim Smith scored 15 of her 22 in the second half and the Utes extended their home winning streak to 22.

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