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Dickson's fireworks help Bulls stay perfect

Associated Press
Published November 28, 2005


TAMPA - Jessica Dickson scored 32, her second straight 30-point game, as the Bulls won the championship of the USF Best Western Roundball Classic 83-58 over Robert Morris on Sunday.

Dickson made 10 of 17 shots from the field, including 2 of 3 3-pointers, 10 of 11 free throws and earned tournament MVP. Nalini Miller added 15 points and a season-high 13 rebounds, and Jessica Jackson scored 11 for USF (5-0), playing its first game without injured starting guard Rachael Sheats.

The Bulls lost another starter, guard Tristen Webb, to a torn ACL in a preseason game.

"It was a win and a win without two starters," coach Jose Fernandez said. "If you had told me at the beginning of the year that we would be without Rachael Sheats and Tristen Webb and that we would be 5-0, playing Texas-Arlington and Robert Morris, I'd say you were crazy."

USF, which never trailed, shot 49.2 percent (30-of-61) from the field and made 7 of 13 3-pointers.

The Bulls play their first road game of the season 7 p.m. Friday at No.7 North Carolina.

FSU 69, MONTANA 56: Ganiyat Adeduntan scored 13 to lead four players in double figures for Florida State (4-1) in the Seminole Classic championship game.

Holly Johnson scored 11 and Nikki Anthony and Britany Miller 10 each for the Seminoles. Miller, a freshman, was named tournament MVP.

FSU coach Sue Semrau benched four starters and had three freshmen and two sophomores in the lineup. The decision seemed to spark the Seminoles, who opened with an 11-4 run and never trailed.

"We just haven't been getting the same kind of energy we need from the four veterans," Semrau said. "The younger players have stepped up and given us a bunch of energy. I think you saw by the start and the start at halftime that they come in and have great purpose and come in with a lot of intensity, and that's what we need."

UF 85, STETSON 56: Freshman Sha Brooks scored 17 of the Gators' first 22 and finished with a career-high 19 for Florida (3-1) in its home opener. All 11 Gators who played scored.

Brooks made her first five 3-pointers and finished 5-of-7. Delila Eshe had 13 points and Brittany Davis 11 for UF, which opened with a 13-1 run and led by at least 11 the rest of the way.

"We saw that Sha was a great 3-point shooter when we recruited her, and she knows what to do with the ball when it hits her hands," coach Carolyn Peck said. "She makes great shots whenever she gets open, and she's done a great job for us so far this season."

Top 25

NO.1 DUKE 69, AUBURN 37: Monique Currie and Abby Waner scored 14 each to help the Blue Devils (5-0) win their Basketball Classic. Duke's Lindsey Harding was named MVP of the event, which the Blue Devils have won 13 of its 17 years. Harding had eight points and seven assists against Auburn and had 27 points in two games.

NO.4 OHIO ST. 75, W. ILLINOIS 36: Jessica Davenport had 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead Ohio State (3-0) to the Buckeye Classic championship. Ohio State shot 50 percent and scored 24 off 21 turnovers.

NO.5 BAYLOR 74, MARSHALL 47: Sophia Young scored 22 in 21 minutes as the Bears (6-0) cruised to their nation-best 26th straight win in the Caribbean Classic in Cancun, Mexico.

NO.8 UCONN 85, CLEVELAND ST. 51: Ann Strother and Mel Thomas scored 19 each to lead the visiting Huskies (5-0). Connecticut used a 34-8 run that bridged the halves to pull away.

NO.13 NOTRE DAME 73, NO.24 USC 62: Megan Duffy had 19 points and helped the host Irish (4-0) finish with a 10-2 run.

NO.15 STANFORD 66, NO.14 TEXAS TECH 63: Brooke Smith scored 21 as the visiting Cardinal (3-1) handed the Raiders their third straight loss.

NO.21 TEMPLE 81, HAMPTON 38: Candice Dupree had 20 points and four blocks for the visiting Owls (5-0).