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Balance helps Florida fight off Tide

By Wire services
Published January 30, 2004

GAINESVILLE - Tashia Morehead scored 13 of her 19 in the first half and Vanessa Hayden had 14 points, 15 rebounds, six assists and three blocks as Florida beat Alabama 76-69 Thursday night.

Morehead shot 7-of-14 overall and 3-of-6 from 3-point range as the Gators (14-5, 4-2 SEC) made 9 of 19 3-pointers.

Morehead also made both her free-throw attempts to extend her streak to 20. Florida made 15 of 21 free throws to 8 of 16 for the Crimson Tide (10-9, 2-4).

Tishona Gregory added three 3-pointers and scored 14, and Bernice Mosby had 13 points and seven rebounds for the Gators.

"You got to pick your poison," Alabama coach Rick Moody said. "Right now we're really thin in the post, and I don't think that we had anybody on the floor that could guard Vanessa one-on-one without fouling out in the first half."

Eighteen seconds in, Hayden collected her 1,000th career rebound to become the fifth Gator to top 1,000 in scoring and rebounding.

Monique Bivins led Alabama with 19 points on 6-of-14 shooting, and Katie Sipe scored 15 on 5-of-9 3-point shooting.

Florida led 40-30 at the half before the Tide rallied, getting within one with 3:40 left before the Gators finished with a 9-3 run. Gregory sank a 3-pointer with about 1:30 left to seal the win for Florida and send the Tide to its fourth consecutive conference loss.

"You've got to compliment Alabama," UF coach Carolyn Peck said. "They came out firing, creating shots and making 3s. Their defensive intensity picked up."

LIPSCOMB 75, UCF 56: Courtney Boynton scored 15 of her 20 from 3-point range to lead the visiting Bison (9-8, 6-3 Atlantic Sun). Takira Allen had 17 points and tied a career high with 14 rebounds for the Golden Knights (7-10, 6-4).

Top 25

NO.1 UT 81, KENTUCKY 72: Shanna Zolman made a key 3-pointer with 1:06 left and scored 23, and Shyra Ely added 22 as the visiting Volunteers (17-1, 6-0 SEC) won their 10th straight.

Tennessee coach Pat Summitt won her first meeting with Mickie DeMoss, an assistant at Tennessee from 1985-2003 before taking over the Wildcats (9-10, 1-5). All five Vols starters hugged DeMoss as they were introduced before the game.

NO.5 PENN ST. 80, ST. JOSEPH'S 44: Tanisha Wright had 14 points and eight assists, and Kelly Mazzante added 13 points to lead the visiting Nittany Lions (16-3) to their ninth straight win overall and 12th in a row against the Hawks (11-6).

NO.6 PURDUE 58, WISCONSIN 42: Shereka Wright had 19 points and six rebounds to help the host Boilermakers (17-2, 7-1 Big Ten) win their eighth in a row. Lello Gebisa led the Badgers (8-10, 2-6) with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

NO.8 STANFORD 85, WASH. 59: Nicole Powell had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and the host Cardinal (16-3, 9-1 Pac-10) bounced back from its first conference loss. Giuliana Mendiola, the reigning conference player of the year, had 15 points for the Huskies (11-8, 4-6).

NO.9 LA. TECH 95, BOISE ST. 57: Amisha Carter had 23 points to lead six players in double figures as the Techsters (14-2, 7-1 WAC) won their sixth in a row. The Broncos (6-11, 2-5) lost their third straight.

NO.10 UNC 75, UVA 70: Ivory Latta scored 20 of her 22 in the second half, including a baseline 10-footer with 39.6 seconds left, to lift the visiting Tar Heels (16-3, 6-2 ACC). The Cavaliers (9-10, 3-5) rallied to within a point three times in the closing minutes.

NO.14 MINN. 78, INDIANA 46: Kadidja Andersson scored 17 to help the host Golden Gophers (16-3, 5-3 Big Ten) snap a three-game losing streak. The Hoosiers (10-9, 3-5) shot 28 percent.

NO.18 MICH. ST. 58, ILLINOIS 56: Lindsey Bowen scored 17 and Liz Shimek 12 to lead the visiting Spartans (16-3, 6-2 Big Ten) to the comeback win. The Illini (7-12, 1-7) lost their sixth straight.

NO.22 AUBURN 80, MISS. ST. 53: Louise Emeagi scored a career-high 22 and Le'Coe Willingham added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the host Tigers (16-4, 4-2 SEC), who never trailed. Tiania Burns scored 12 for the Bulldogs (7-11, 2-4).

NO.24 VANDY 74, ARKANSAS 69: Jenni Benningfield scored 16 for the visiting Commodores (16-3, 4-2 SEC). Ruby Vaden led the Razorbacks (13-6, 2-4) with 29 points and seven rebounds.

[Last modified January 30, 2004, 01:32:11]


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