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Sharp-shooting Seminoles crush Knights

By wire services
Published December 5, 2005

TALLAHASSEE - Junior Alicia Gladden had 12 points and 12 rebounds for her first double double this season, and freshman Mara Freshour had four 3-pointers among her career-high 16 points to lead Florida State to an 81-49 victory against UCF on Sunday afternoon.

FSU (6-1) shot 51.6 percent (33-of-64) from the field and 53.3 percent (8-of-15) from 3-point range. It outrebounded the Golden Knights 44-24 en route to its fifth straight win since a two-point loss to Washington in the second game of the season.

"I was just pleased with our rebounding effort," FSU coach Sue Semrau said. "The way we came out, not only in the first half but also the second half, and rebounded the basketball was one of the biggest differences in the game. It gave us extra possessions on the offensive end."

The Golden Knights (1-5) trailed 16-13 with 12:24 left when Freshour entered the game. Her back-to-back 3-pointers started a 15-0 run over the next five minutes, giving the Seminoles a 31-13 lead.

Top 25

NO.1 DUKE 84, NO.16 TEXAS 70: Monique Currie scored 23 and the visiting Blue Devils survived a surge from the Longhorns' new freshmen-heavy lineup. Duke (6-0) got its stiffest test of the season after winning its first five by at least 26 points. Texas' upset bid ended with 3-for-16 shooting and seven turnovers in the last nine minutes after it tied it at 61.

NO.2 UT 74, NO.12 STANFORD 67: Candace Parker had 21 points, 12 rebounds, three steals, two assists and a block, and the Volunteers ended the Cardinal's 23-game home winning streak. Stanford's streak started after its 70-66 overtime loss to Tennessee on Dec.14, 2003.

NO.6 RUTGERS 57, IOWA 51: Cappie Pondexter scored 22 and the Scarlet Knights won the Hawkeye Challenge tournament. The victory capped an emotional weekend for Rutgers coach Vivian Stringer, who faced her old team for the first time since taking the Scarlet Knights' job.

NO.9 MARYLAND 102, MOUNT ST. MARY'S 53: Crystal Langhorne scored a season-high 30 and Jade Perry had a career-high 23 points and 13 rebounds, and the host Terrapins (6-1) scored at least 100 for the second straight game and third time this season.

NO.11 NOTRE DAME 77, WISCONSIN 72: Megan Duffy scored 20, including eight in the final two minutes for the visiting Irish, 6-0 for the fourth time in school history.

NO.13 MICH. ST. 82, PEPPERDINE 64: Liz Shimek matched her career high with 28 points, and the Spartans (4-2) won a school-record 16th straight home game.

NO.17 UGA 72, GA. TECH 66: Megan Darrah and Sherill Baker scored 16 each to lead the host Bulldogs (5-2). Janese Hardrick, who scored 14 off the bench, sparked a 14-2 Georgia run that built a 65-55 lead with 3:44 left.

NO.19 VANDY 82, ODU 77: Caroline Williams scored 20, and the visiting Commodores (6-2) held the Monarchs to 39.4 percent shooting and 28 points in the second half to rally.

PENN ST. 78, NO.24 TEXAS TECH 72 (2OT): Courtney Molinaro scored on a breakaway layup and hit three key free throws, and Kamela Gissendanner scored 34 for the host Nittany Lions (3-3). The Red Raiders' Erin Grant tied the score at 46 with three seconds left in regulation on an off-balance jumper from the free-throw line, then tied it at 59 in the first overtime with a desperation 3-pointer from the right wing.

[Last modified December 5, 2005, 03:00:29]


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