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Something old, new aid UF win
By wire services
Published November 20, 2005
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - A freshman led the Gators in scoring, but it took Florida's veterans to put the game on ice.
Forward Brittany Davis sank a putback with 26 seconds remaining to break a 48-all tie with Seton Hall and forward Daila Eshe made a layup at the buzzer to give the Gators a 52-48 victory and the Seton Hall Classic title.
"Our seniors have been in those tight, close situations since their freshman year and now they wanted the ball down the stretch," UF coach Carolyn Peck said. "They wanted the ball and make a good finish. Our seniors showed a lot of maturity today."
UF freshman guard Sha Brooks led all scorers with 18.
The Gators saw a 40-34 lead turn into a 1-point deficit with just less than eight minutes to go, thanks to a three-point play from Monique Blake and four UF turnovers. Seton Hall's Heta Korpivaara, who had tied the game twice earlier with baskets, missed a 3-point attempt with just more than a minute to go to set up Davis' heroics.
The teams swapped leads in the game's first 13 minutes, with the Gators coming from four points down to take a 29-22 lead on a 12-2 run capped by a 3-pointer from senior guard Danielle Santos. UF shot just 33.9 percent, but forced 23 turnovers to compensate.
"I really like our balance," Peck said. "It's not any one person you have to depend on and that's what we're doing, we're taking pride scoring and winning as a team."
USF 74, TEXAS-ARLINGTON 50: The host Bulls scored the game's first 10 points in less than three minutes, and never led by less than nine the rest of the way. USF forced 13 of Texas-Arlington's 18 turnovers in the second half to lead twice by as many as 24, while keeping their turnovers to 10.
"As a team, I thought that we did some good things defensively," Bulls coach Jose Fernandez said. "We shot 48 percent from the field ... but the most important thing that we did was take care of the basketball."
USF's Nalini Miller had her 10th career double-double (18 points, 10 rebounds) in the win.
WEST VIRGINIA 77, UCF 63: The host Golden Knights shot just 35.3 percent (18-for-51) for the game, and could not overcome the Mountaineers' near-60 percent clip (58.3), although the teams were tied at 38 at halftime.
Two quick 3s to open the second half from Meg Butler put the Mountaineers ahead for good.
"We have to learn to stick to our gameplan for 40 minutes and not rely on our outside shooting in order to win," UCF coach Gail Strielger said. "We have to score some points in the paint."
TAMPA 75, CONVERSE 48: In their final game of the USC-Aiken Classic in South Carolina, the Spartans held Converse to 17.8 percent shooting in the first half.
VALDOSTA ST. 80, ECKERD 58: Junior guard K.C. Gavin had five 3-pointers for the visiting Tritons, but Eckerd couldn't overcome a 44-28 rebounding deficit.
FLORIDA SOUTHERN 70, WEST ALABAMA 62: The Tigers pulled away in the final four minutes to advance in the West Florida Tip-Off Classic in Pensacola.
NO. 6 BAYLOR 74, INDIANA 62: Angela Hawkins scored first in the second half to give the host Hoosiers their final lead, and baskets by Abiola Wabara and Angela Tisdale started an 11-1 run as the Bears took control for good.
NO. 11 STANFORD 69, LIU 28: Long Island was 4-of-31 shooting in the second half at Minneapolis.
NO. 16 MINNESOTA 80, SAN FRANCISCO 62: Natasha Williams scored 12 points for the host Gophers during a 17-2 spurt in an 8-minute span to seal it.
NO. 17 VANDERBILT 65, TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI 51: The Islanders took their only lead at 35-34 with 12 minutes in the game before visiting Vanderbilt went on a 14-0 run.
NO. 18 DEPAUL 88, UNLV 72: The host Blue Demons outscored the Rebels 54-37 in the second half to erase a 1-point halftime deficit.
NO. 19 TEMPLE 66, DREXEL 54: The Owls didn't have a turnover in the first half and shot 53.3 percent, including 50 percent from 3-point range.
NO. 22 UTAH 83, JACKSONVILLE ST. 46: Midway through the first half the host Utes used a 16-0 run to take a 28-7 lead. Heidi Carlsen shot 3-for-3 from 3-point range.