Women: Florida, FSU fall in tournaments

By wire services
Published March 4, 2006

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Florida was held to 32 percent shooting and lost 88-70 to Kentucky in the SEC tournament quarterfinals Friday.

Samantha Mahoney and Sarah Elliott each scored 20 for the Wildcats.

Sha Brooks scored 22 for the Gators (21-8). They led 17-16 8:30 into the game, but went into a 2-for-17 shooting slump.

The Gators' shooting woes continued in the second half, when they made 31 percent and could not mount a sustained comeback bid. Florida was 2-for-18 on 3-pointers.

"Kentucky did a good job coming at us and took advantage of a little fatigue on our part," UF coach Carolyn Peck said.

LSU 91, MISSISSIPPI 73: Seimone Augustus scored 30 and Sylvia Fowles had 21 points and 13 rebounds for the Tigers. Augustus was pulled with nine minutes left and ended up tying coach Pokey Chatman's school record for an SEC tournament game. "Honestly, I didn't know I had any records left to break," Chatman said. "The hope is to continue playing and get some fresh legs underneath some people. But it does seem like a pretty smooth move on my part."

TENNESSEE 77, AUBURN 45: Candace Parker had 17 points and 12 rebounds, scoring all her points in the first half when the Vols took a 40-26 lead. The Tigers had four assists and shot 28 percent.

GEORGIA 69, VANDERBILT 47: The Bulldogs held the Commodores to 33 percent shooting, with first team All-SEC selection Dee Davis scoring six.

ACC tournament

N.C. STATE 64, FSU 60: Marquetta Dickens scored a season-high 19, making two key layups late as the Wolfpack held off the Seminoles in the quarterfinals in Greensboro, N.C.

Britany Miller scored a career-high 23 for FSU, which overcame a 12-point deficit early in the second half to briefly lead with 2:25 left. Alicia Gladden, the Seminoles' leading scorer at 13.1 points per game, got in early foul trouble and eventually fouled out with four points.

"It's tough to play without your leading scorer and rebounder," FSU coach Sue Semrau said. "So we were forced to make some adjustments. I thought my team stepped up."

UNC 82, VIRGINIA 56: Camille Little had 17 points and 10 rebounds and the Tar Heels overcame a sluggish start. North Carolina shot only 40 percent, but was 23-for-30 at the line.

DUKE 69, VIRGINIA TECH 56: The Blue Devils overcame 31 turnovers, which matched the worst tournament total in program history, to reach the semifinals for the 12th straight year.

MARYLAND 71, GEORGIA TECH 66: Freshman Marissa Coleman assisted on the go-ahead 3-pointer and scored the Terrapins' last six points to finish with 13. She went 4-for-4 at the line to seal it in the final seconds. Crystal Langhorne led Maryland with 20 points. Freshman Kristi Toliver made the key 3-pointer with less than two minutes left.

ACC PLAYER OF THE YEAR: North Carolina guard Ivory Latta, second in the conference with 18 points per game, earned 51 of 70 votes from the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Duke's Monique Currie had 11 votes, Maryland's Crystal Langhorne had four, Miami's Tamara James had three and Duke's Lindsey Harding had one.

Top 25

NO. 5 OHIO ST. 64, PENN ST. 46: Brandie Hoskins scored 14 for the Buckeyes in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals in Indianapolis. The Lions (13-16) ended their first losing season in 33 years.

NO. 14 PURDUE 68, ILLINOIS 57: Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton had 15 points and three blocks for the Boilermakers in the Big Ten tournament.

NO. 16 MICHIGAN ST. 79, IOWA 58: Liz Shimek scored a career-high 31 and Lindsay Bowen added 12 as they traded the title of Spartans career scoring leader. Michigan State (22-8), the defending tournament champion and last year's national runner-up, reached the semifinals for the third straight year. Shimek passed Bowen for the scoring lead with a strong second-half performance. Bowen held the title since Feb. 16, but now trails Shimek (1,713 points) by 16.

INDIANA 61, NO. 20 MINN. 46: Nikki Smith tied her career high with 18 points and the Hoosiers played stifling defense in the Big Ten tournament. Indiana (17-12) advanced to the semifinals for the first time since winning the title in 2002. The Hoosiers and Purdue face off Sunday, their first postseason matchup since the 2002 semis.

OBITUARY: Jim Izard, a former Indiana women's coach whom the school paid to settle a discrimination lawsuit four years ago, committed suicide at his Florida home, a medical examiner said. Izard, 57, coached IU from 1989 to 2000. He died of a gunshot wound Tuesday at his home in Rosemary Beach, the Walton County sheriff's office said. The Pensacola Medical Examiner's Office ruled the death a suicide. His lawsuit alleged the school violated federal law when it fired him after 12 years.