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Grace keeps hot hand as Bulls wrap up Shootout

By TIMES WIRES
Published November 20, 2006


TAMPA - Sophomore guard Shantia Grace scored 24 to lead USF to a 94-65 victory Sunday over Georgia Southern in the championship game of the Image Depot Shootout.

Grace, who was named tournament MVP, scored 48 in two games, had nine assists, two steals and eight rebounds.

USF (3-0) beat Texas Southern 89-37 in the tournament opener.

Leading 37-29 at halftime, the Bulls allowed the Eagles within three at the 16-minute mark, but USF made a 15-2 run to put the game away with 12 minutes to play.

Preseason All-America Jessica Dickson scored 17 and is four points shy of breaking USF's scoring record of 1,820, held by Wanda Guyton. She gets her next shot Tuesday at home against Stetson.

Guard Rachael Sheats recorded her third career double-double.

FSU 74, OAKLAND 69: Senior Alicia Gladden scored a career-high 27 while sophomore Britany Miller added 18 to lift the host Seminoles (4-0). Playing its fourth game in seven days, Florida State had to rally from a 36-30 halftime deficit. A solid effort on the boards, where the Seminoles had a 40-29 advantage, and 58 percent shooting in the final 20 minutes gave FSU the momentum for the five-point win.

MIAMI 69, SAN FRANCISCO 59: Junior Maurita Reid scored a team-high 15 and had a game-high 10 rebounds to lead the visiting Hurricanes (4-1). Sophomore Brittany Denson scored 14 with eight rebounds and sophomore guard LaToya Cunningham came off the bench to score 11 on 3-of-5 3-point shooting.

Top 25

NO. 1 MARYLAND 73, GEORGE WASHINGTON 48: Crystal Langhorne scored 20 and had 11 rebounds to lead the host Terrapins (5-0). Shay Doron scored 17 for Maryland. Laura Harper added 14, and Jade Perry had 10. Kimberly Beck scored 17 to lead the Colonials, who fell to 0-6 all-time against No. 1-ranked teams.

NO. 5 TENN. 83, NO. 11 ARIZONA STATE 74: Candace Parker scored 25 with 10 rebounds to lead the Volunteers (3-0), snapping the Sun Devils' 26-game home winning streak. Emily Westerberg scored 21 with six rebounds to lead the Sun Devils (4-1) but picked up her fourth foul with 12:58 left in the middle of Tennessee's decisive run.

NO. 6 DUKE 81, HOUSTON 35: Alison Bales and Bridgette Mitchell scored 16 apiece to lead the host Blue Devils (3-0). Abby Waner scored 15 and had six assists for Duke.

NO. 7 OHIO ST. 77, NO. 19 USC 58: Jessica Davenport scored 26 and Brandie Hoskins added 17 to lead the host Buckeyes (2-0) over the Trojans (1-2). Davenport, an All-American and Big Ten player of the year the past two seasons, hit 9-of-14 shots from the field and all eight of her free throws.

NO. 9 GEORGIA 74, DAVIDSON 68: Cori Chambers scored 25 to lead the host Bulldogs (3-0) to a come-from-behind win. Freshman Christy Marshall came off the bench to score 16 for Georgia, which trailed 56-50 with 10:11 to play. Megan Darrah had her second straight double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

NO. 10 LSU 59, TULANE 39: Sylvia Fowles scored 21, and her three blocked shots set a school record for the visiting Tigers (5-0). Tulane's Ashley Langford led the Green Wave with 10 points.

NO. 12 PURDUE 69, NO. 16 BAYLOR 55: Katie Gearlds scored 23 and Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton added 21 along with 12 rebounds to lead the Boilermakers (5-0) over the host Bears (3-1) in the championship of the Preseason WNIT. After trailing 40-26 at the half, Baylor cut Purdue's lead to 54-50 on Danielle Wilson's layup with 7:30 remaining. But on Baylor's next possession, Jessica Morrow missed a breakaway shot and Purdue's Erin Lawless grabbed the rebound. Morrow was called for a technical while fighting Lawless for the ball.

NO. 17 MICHIGAN ST. 65, TEXAS-ARLINGTON 49: Mia Johnson and Aisha Jefferson scored 16 each to lift the host Spartans (2-0).