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Sluggish Seminoles labor to get past UCF

Compiled from Times wires
Published December 10, 2006


ORLANDO - Shante Williams had 16 points and all five starters scored in double figures as Florida State overcame a slow start to beat UCF 75-66 on Saturday night at UCF Arena.

Alicia Gladden scored 11 of her 14 in the second half and Britany Miller had 13, seven in a 10-minute stretch of the second half for the Seminoles (10-1), who trailed by as much as 15 in the first half and didn't go up for good until the final 13 minutes.

"Any time you go on the road and play an instate school, you're going to get their best shot," FSU coach Sue Semrau said. "Credit UCF for the way they shot the ball coming out of the gates, but I credit our team, too. I think it was a great game for us to learn to fight."

Francine Houston led the Golden Knights (1-8) with 18 points, and Celeste Hudson added 16.

UCF hit its first four 3-pointers and led 21-6 with 12:52 left in the first half before FSU got back into it with a 9-0 run. The Golden Knights still led 35-33 at halftime and came out hot again after the break, going up by six four times before the Seminoles again started to chip away.

Mara Freshour's jumper with 13:32 left put FSU up 46-45, its first lead since late in the first half. Celeste Hudson hit a jumper to put UCF back on top, but Jacinta Monroe sank a layup with 12:13 left to put the Seminoles ahead for good, 48-47.

FSU finished the game with a 20-6 run.

The Seminoles, ranked 25th in the USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll, shot 67 percent in the second half and 54 percent for the game and outrebounded the Golden Knights 39-26.

"We share so well, and not only do they want to share the ball, but they're learning where the openings are based on where the defense is," Semrau said.

TAMPA 59, FLAGLER 49: Sheena Walton had 18 points, nine rebounds and five blocks and Hailee Sullivan came off the bench to score 11, including a 3-pointer with 3:08 left, to give the host Spartans (4-3) the lead for good. Tampa trailed by as much as seven and was down 46-44 with five minutes left before going on a 15-3 run.

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NO. 17 LOUISVILLE 70, W. KY. 58: Angel McCoughtry had a career-high 28 points and 10 rebounds to lead the host Cardinals (9-0), who took control early then held off a second-half surge.

NO. 19 RUTGERS 76, PRINCETON 51: Kia Vaughn scored 13 as the host Scarlet Knights (3-4) snapped a two-game skid.

NO. 20 MICH. ST. 58, HARTFORD 45: Aisha Jefferson had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Spartans (7-1), who pulled away with a 30-19 second-half run at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

NO. 24 MARQUETTE 64, OAKLAND 51: Krystal Ellis scored 17 and the visiting Golden Eagles (9-1) played suffocating defense to win their eighth straight and give coach Terri Mitchell her 200th victory in 11 years at the school.

COACHING MILESTONE: Old Dominion's Wendy Larry became the 30th women's coach to win 500 games when the host Monarchs beat Chicago State 77-38.