Bulls get breather to end frustrating run

Published January 19, 2006

TAMPA - USF's 73-55 win over Syracuse on Wednesday at the Sun Dome wasn't very exciting.

The Bulls (12-6, 2-3 Big East) probably prefer it that way. After ending a three-game skid, all by two points or fewer, the Bulls are just eight points from being undefeated in their new conference.

"Well, maybe now everyone will lighten up," coach Jose Fernandez said. "Maybe they'll get back on the bandwagon. We lost three games; the season's not over. We could very easily be 5-0 in the league, because we played well tonight, took 70 shots. That's a lot of possessions."

Junior Jessica Dickson, the nation's leader scorer, had 25 points against the Orange (7-10, 0-6) and moved to third on the school's all-time list with 1,524 points. USF earned its largest margin of victory since 87-49 over North Florida on Dec. 28, and Syracuse got no closer than 10 in the second half.

Still, the Bulls, who shot only 38 percent, said they needed more consistency.

"We came out and didn't play to our potential," junior Nalini Miller said. "But at the (first) media timeout, we said we're not going to let this one slip away again."

Fernandez said the Bulls got a "much-needed spark" from their three main bench players, freshman Jessica Jackson, sophomore ChiChi Opkaleke and senior Sharon Cambridge, who combined for 11 points. Rachael Sheats had 12 points and Miller and Shantia Grace 10 each.

ROLLINS 71, TAMPA 58: Joslyn Giles had 14 points to lead four players in double figures for the visiting Tars (14-0, 6-0 Sunshine State).

NOVA SE 72, SAINT LEO 70: Missy Guadagnino had 23 points, including two key free throws with 2:08 left, to lead the visiting Sharks (3-2, 10-6 SSC).

FLA. SO. 67, LYNN 64 (OT): The host Moccasins (6-10, 2-3 SSC) made 7 of 7 free throws in the final 57 seconds to snap a seven-game losing streak.

FLA. TECH 75, ECKERD 64: Danielle Vaughn had 21 points to lead the host Panthers (10-7, 4-2 SSC) as the Tritons fell to 0-5 in the conference.

Top 25

NO. 4 UNC 85, GA. TECH 56: Erlana Larkins scored 22 and made all 14 free throws, and Ivory Latta had 17 points as the host Tar Heels (17-0, 4-0 ACC) moved within one win of matching their best start. La'Tangela Atkinson added 10 points, six assists and four steals for North Carolina.

NO. 8 BAYLOR 60, TEXAS A&M 49: Sophia Young scored 28 and Abiola Wabara had 10 points and 11 rebounds to lead the host Bears (13-2, 3-2 Big 12). Baylor scored 15 straight to open the second half and take a 40-27 lead with just more than 15 minutes left.

NO. 17 OKLAHOMA 63, TEXAS TECH 57: Freshman center Courtney Paris had her 10th straight double double, finishing with 17 points and 19 rebounds as the host Sooners (14-4, 4-0 Big 12) remained the only unbeaten team in league play.

NO. 23 BYU 60, WYOMING 44: Ambrosia Anderson had 14 points and down nine rebounds to lead the visiting Cougars (13-1, 4-0 Mountain West).

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