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Turnovers, Miami can't stop UConn

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Published February 9, 2004

STORRS, Conn. - Diana Taurasi had 21 points and six steals, and No.4 Connecticut overcame a season-high 33 turnovers to beat No.22 Miami 83-65 on Sunday.

Reserve Ashley Battle added a career-high 18 points for the Huskies (18-2, 8-1 Big East).

Chanivia Broussard led the Hurricanes (16-4, 5-4) with 20 points. Tamara James scored 19 and had seven of Miami's 21 steals. The Hurricanes have lost three straight, their longest skid of the season.

NO.24 FLORIDA 76, KENTUCKY 56: Bernice Mosby had 13 points and nine rebounds off the bench to lead the host Gators (16-5, 6-2 SEC) to their fifth consecutive victory. Vanessa Hayden added 11 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks playing just 19 minutes after UF raced to an early lead. SeSe Helm scored a career-high 27, and Sara Potts had 18 points and seven rebounds for the Wildcats (9-13, 1-8).

FLORIDA ST. 65, CLEMSON 50: Trinetta Moore posted a game-high 13 points and had 11 rebounds to lead the host Seminoles (12-10, 5-6 ACC). Lakeia Stokes led the Tigers (15-7, 5-6) with 11 points and was the only Clemson player in double figures. The Tigers trailed the entire game, and a 19-6 run by Florida State during the first eight minutes of the opening half sealed it.

LOUISVILLE 86, USF 71: Sara Nord had a game-high 30 points for the host Cardinals (14-8, 6-3 C-USA). Nalini Miller scored 15 and had nine rebounds for the Bulls (10-13, 3-7), who are 0-for-16 against Louisville.

Top 25

NO.1 UT 72, SOUTH CAROLINA 58: Shyra Ely had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the host Vols. Shanna Zolman scored her 12 in the first half and Tasha Butts and Tye'sha Fluker each totaled 10 for Tennessee (19-2, 8-0 SEC). The league's last-place Gamecocks (9-12, 0-8) lost to the Vols for the 29th straight time, and Tennessee has won 52 SEC home games in a row.

NO.13 MINNESOTA 74, NO.5 PSU 56: Lindsay Whalen scored 23 and Janel McCarville added 22 as the host Gophers (18-3, 7-3 Big Ten) snapped the Lions' 11-game winning streak. Kelly Mazzante scored 22, and Tanisha Wright had 20 for Penn State (18-4, 10-1).

NO.6 PURDUE 57, OHIO ST. 54: Shereka Wright scored 19 and topped 2,000 for her career with the host Boilermakers (19-2, 9-1 Big Ten). The Buckeyes (13-8, 5-5) were outscored 20-4 during an 11-minute stretch spanning the end of the first and start of the second half.

NO.9 TEXAS TECH 62, NO.17 BAYLOR 59: Chesley Dabbs scored the go-ahead basket on a putback with 32 seconds left for the visiting Red Raiders (20-3, 6-3 Big 12). The Bears (17-5, 5-4), who had one basket in the last four minutes, then turned the ball over when LaToya Davis stole Emily Niemann's pass. Davis made two free throws with 10 seconds left for the final margin.

N.C. STATE 62, NO.12 UNC 54: Kaayla Chones scored 17 of her 23 in the second half to help the Wolfpack (13-11, 5-6 ACC) end the 18-game home winning streak of the Tar Heels (18-4, 8-3). Chones also had a team-high 13 rebounds for her sixth double double of the season and 26th of her career.

NO.19 AUBURN 68, NO.14 LSU 50: Natasha Brackett scored a game-high 22 for the host Tigers (18-5, 6-3 SEC). Brackett was 7-for-13 from the floor and 6-for-6 from the free-throw line. Marita Payne had a career-high 15 rebounds and 10 blocks while adding six points for Auburn. LSU is 18-4, 6-2.

NO.15 DePAUL 61, MARQUETTE 59: Charlene Smith's basket with a second left lifted the host Blue Demons (20-2, 8-1 C-USA) over the Golden Eagles (16-6, 6-3). Smith scored 17. Christina Quaye led Marquette with 16.

ARKANSAS 71, NO.16 GEORGIA 63: Shameka Christon scored 28 for the host Razorbacks (14-7, 3-5 SEC), who led 35-33 at the half and never trailed in the second. The Bulldogs (16-6, 5-4) tied it three times late in the half, the last on an inside basket by senior Christi Thomas, who led Georgia with 14 points.

NO.18 TCU 76, SOUTHERN MISS 45: Kim Ortega scored 15, and Sandora Irvin had 12 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots for the host team. Ebony Shaw, who set a school record by playing in her 120th game, also had 12 points for the Horned Frogs (18-4, 7-2 C-USA). Michelle Poindexter led Southern Miss (14-8, 2-7) with 17.

NO.20 MICH. ST. 70, N'WESTERN 46: Lindsay Bowen scored 14 to lead the host Spartans (18-4, 8-3 Big Ten). Michelle Zylstra scored a game-high 18 for the Wildcats (7-15, 0-11).

SETON HALL 51, NO.23 NOTRE DAME 45: Reserve center LaNedra Brown had all 10 of her points in the final 9:21 for the host Pirates. Melissa Langelier scored 13 and made four free throws in the final 25 seconds for Seton Hall (13-8, 5-5 Big East). The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Irish (14-8, 7-3).

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