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Hot-shooting Grace, Dickson lead Bulls to blowout win

By TIMES WIRES
Published November 19, 2006


TAMPA - Sophomore Shantia Grace tied her career high with 24 points and made 4 of 5 3-pointers to lead USF to an 89-37 win over Texas Southern on Saturday in the first round of the Image Depot Shootout.

Grace also had five rebounds and five assists. Preseason All-America Jessica Dickson had 16 points and is 21 shy of the Bulls' career scoring record of 1,820, held by Wanda Guyton.

Senior center Nalini Miller had 10 points and nine rebounds.

USF (2-0) broke open a close game with a 24-0 run over 10 minutes in the first half, keyed by three jumpers by Dixon and a Grace 3-pointer. The Bulls forced 23 first-half turnovers and led 44-16 at the break.

USF made 15 of 30 shots in the second half and shot 47 percent (31-of-66) for the game. The Bulls scored 50 off 39 turnovers.

"Our full-court defensive intensity was there," coach Jose Fernandez said. "We look to continue this intensity as we play two more games in three days."

USF hosts Georgia Southern today in the final game of the Shootout. Tipoff is after the noon Troy-Texas Southern game.

AASU 64, ECKERD 59: Kaneetha Gordon and Tana Griffiths scored 19 each for host Armstrong Atlantic in its season opener. Gabby Gattuso scored 22 for the Tritons (1-1).

UCF 59, ALBANY 51: Freshman forward Kristin Thomas recorded her first career double double with 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Golden Knights (1-3) in the consolation game of the UCF Golden Knights Tournament.

Top 25

NO. 1 MARYLAND 75, ARIZONA 61: For the second straight game, the Terrapins were outscored in the second half but still won comfortably.

Ashleigh Newman scored 17 and Laura Harper 14 points for host Maryland (4-0), which had four players in double figures.

Joy Hollingsworth led the Wildcats (1-2) with 22 points, 14 in the second half.

Crystal Langhorne continued her efficient start, making 5 of 6 shots to finish with 11 points and extend her double-figure scoring streak to 28 games. She is shooting 81 percent for the Terrapins.

No. 15 Vandy 79, Dartmouth 49: Carla Thomas scored 21, 14 in the first half to help the host Commodores (3-0) build a 14-point lead. Vanderbilt opened the second half with a 12-1 run to take a 53-28 lead. The Big Green got no closer than 20 the rest of the game.

No. 21 Kentucky 69, ODU 55: Jenny Pfeiffer scored 22, including five 3-pointers, and Carly Ormerod had 18 and seven assists for the visiting Wildcats. Old Dominion took a 15-12 lead midway through the first half, but Kentucky (2-1) scored seven in a row and never trailed again.