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Moccasins hold off Spartans' late threat

By TIMES WIRES
Published January 18, 2007


LAKELAND - Roshaunda Washington scored 20 with 12 rebounds as Florida Southern beat the University of Tampa 58-57 on Wednesday.

The Moccasins went on a 12-3 run in the final five minutes and survived two missed shots by the Spartans (10-6, 2-3 Sunshine State Conference) in the final moments.

DeShaydia Mackey, who had 16 points, missed the first potential winner, then Alexa Kane missed a jumper after grabbing an offensive rebound. Sheena Walton had team highs of 17 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks for Tampa.

More state

ROLLINS 56, SAINT LEO 48: Larissa McDonough scored 17 and the host Tars beat the Lions (3-12, 1-4 SSC), who were led by Amanda Holloway's 12 points and seven rebounds.

Rollins put together an 8-0 run in the second half to open its largest lead at 48-35 with 8:01 left.

ECKERD 71, PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 40: Gabby Gattuso scored 19 for the host Tritons (5-11), who surpassed their win total from last season.

Top 25

NO. 6 UCONN 96, PROVIDENCE 53: Tina Charles scored 18, Mel Thomas added 17 and the Huskies rebounded from their loss to No. 2 North Carolina by routing the host Friars.

Six players scored in double figures for Connecticut (15-2, 5-0 Big East), which put the game out of reach before halftime. Ketia Swanier had 14 points, 12 in the second half. Renee Montgomery and Kalana Greene added 12 each and Kaili McLaren 10.

Providence won its only other game against a Top 25 team this season, beating then-No. 12 Louisville 106-94 in double overtime on Jan. 3.

Chelsea Marandola led the Friars (12-6, 4-1) with 19. She scored her team's first nine, including a 3-pointer that put Providence up 7-6.

But Thomas answered with two 3s and Connecticut never trailed again.

The Huskies had a 7-0 run later in the half and scored the final 11 to lead 57-30 at halftime.

Charles had 15 by the intermission and played just four minutes after the break.

Thomas, who scored just five on 2-for-9 shooting Monday against North Carolina, hit 6 of 10 shots against the Friars, including five from behind the arc. Her three 3-pointers in a 14-1 run early in the second half put Connecticut up 74-37.

Connecticut has won 22 in a row against Providence.

NO. 7 OKLAHOMA 76, OKLAHOMA ST. 60: Courtney Paris scored 17 and grabbed 14 rebounds as the visiting Sooners (14-1, 4-0 Big 12) scored on seven of its first eight second-half possessions to pull away.

Natasha Doh and Maria Cordero hit back-to-back 3-pointers in Oklahoma State's 8-0 response, but the Sooners bounced right back as Kendra Moore hit a 3 then had steals on three straight possessions, two of which ended in putbacks by Paris.

OFFICIALS' GOOF: The Women's Basketball Officiating Consortium ruled that the officials made a mistake in counting the winning basket in South Dakota State's 59-58 victory over Minnesota on Sunday. The consortium acknowledged that the officiating crew misapplied the ruling concerning when a game has ended, saying that for a shot to count, the ball must be released before the clock reads 00.0, not when the lights come on. Official John Morningstar said after the game that they decided to count the basket because "they felt that the ball had left the South Dakota State player's hand before the red LED lights that surround the backboard glowed." But replays showed the shot was still in her hand when the clock hit zero. There is no appeals process for Minnesota once the officials leave the court.

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