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Women: Sloppy UF stumbles at Mississippi State

By Wire services
Published February 13, 2004

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Tan White scored 22 and Tiania Burns 21 as Mississippi State took advantage of turnover-plagued Florida for an 88-76 victory over the No.20 Gators on Thursday night.

Mamie McKinney had 16 points and Rebecca Kates 15 for the Bulldogs (10-12, 4-5 SEC), who beat the Gators for the fourth straight time and snapped Florida's season-best five-game winning streak. Vanessa Hayden had 23 points and Tashia Morehead had her third double double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds for Florida (16-6, 6-3), which committed 17 turnovers that the Bulldogs converted into 20 points.

"You have to credit Mississippi State; this was the best game I've seen them play this season," UF coach Carolyn Peck said. "For us, there was a hesitation and we didn't play with as much confidence. We had a lot of defensive breakdowns and allowed a lot of backdoor cuts."

Florida cut a five-point halftime deficit to 41-40 early in the second half after Morehead and Danielle Santos put back offensive rebounds. The score stayed close until the Bulldogs went on an 11-2 run to take a 58-47 lead with 13:10 left.

MARYLAND 76, FSU 67: Chrissy Fisher had 15 points and nine rebounds and made five free throws in the final 29 seconds to lift the host Terrapins (15-8, 7-5 ACC). Lauren Bradley had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Seminoles (12-11, 5-7).

Leading 54-53 with 5:22 left, Maryland went on a 12-2 run over the next 31/2 minutes. Florida State clawed back within 69-66 with 34 seconds left before Fisher went 5-of-6 from the line.

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NO.3 UT 70, NO.19 GEORGIA 67: Ashley Robinson scored 16 and reserve Brittany Jackson added 15 for the visiting Vols. Janese Hardrick missed a tough layup in traffic in the final seconds that could have won it for the Bulldogs (16-7, 5-5 SEC), who lost to Tennessee (20-2, 8-0) for the 10th time in 11 games.

NO.4 DUKE 80, WAKE 55: Alana Beard scored 23 and the host Blue Devils beat the Demon Deacons for the 25th straight time. Iciss Tillis had 22 points, seven rebounds and four blocks for Duke (19-3, 10-1 ACC). She had missed two games after a concussion Feb. 4. Erin Ferrell had 17 points and Elizabeth Strunk 15 for Wake Forest (10-13, 3-9), which lost its fourth straight.

NO.6 LA. TECH 83, HAWAII 45: Amber Obaze scored 17 as the Techsters (17-2, 10-1 WAC) won their 10th in a row. Tech has won all 11 meetings with the Rainbow Wahine (5-14, 3-7). The Techsters also have won 92 straight regular-season home games against conference opponents.

OHIO ST. 75, NO.10 MINN. 57: Caity Matter scored 24 of her 28 in the first half as the host Buckeyes (14-8, 6-5 Big Ten) upset the Golden Gophers (18-4, 7-4), who lost leading scorer Lindsay Whalen to a wrist injury. The severity of the injury won't be known until today, the school said.

NO.14 AUBURN 82, OLE MISS 70: Reserve Louise Emeagi scored 21 in 26 minutes, and Le'Coe Willingham had 20 points and seven rebounds to lead the visiting Tigers (19-5, 7-3 SEC) to their third straight win since an overtime loss to Tennessee on Feb.1. Tywanna Inmon scored 17 for the Rebels (15-9, 6-4).

NO.16 LSU 92, ARKANSAS 65: Doneeka Hodges scored 22 and Seimone Augustus 20 as the host Tigers (19-4, 7-2 SEC) gave ailing coach Sue Gunter her 700th career victory in absentia. Fans waved yellow signs with "700" on them for Gunter, who missed her eighth game with bronchitis and a viral infection. Kristin Moore and April Seggebruch had 13 points for the Razorbacks (14-8, 3-6).

NO.17 MICH. ST. 59, MICH. 54: Lindsay Bowen scored 14 of her 17 during a second-half comeback, and the visiting Spartans (19-4, 9-3 Big Ten) scored the final 11 to overcome the Wolverines (11-14, 4-8).

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