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Slow-starting USF fails to build on big win
Compiled from Times wires
Published February 10, 2008
CINCINNATI - USF, coming off its biggest win of the season, came out flat against Cincinnati and never fully recovered, falling 74-67 Saturday.
Fresh off Tuesday's upset of No.25 DePaul, the Bulls (12-11, 2-8 Big East) didn't score until almost five minutes had passed, trailing 13-0 before Porche Grant's layup. They went into halftime down 40-33, then opened the second half on a 6-0 run capped by Shantia Grace's 3-pointer.
The Bearcats pulled ahead 50-41 with a 7-2 run over the next three minutes before USF rallied, getting within 52-50 with 10:56 left on Grace's layup. That was as close as the Bulls got as they hit only two field goals and scored seven in the final 5:36.
Grace had 27 points on 7-of-18 shooting, 4-of-8 from 3-point range. ChiChi Okpaleke added 15 and Jazmine Sepulveda 14.
The Bulls shot just 31.8 percent (21-of-66), including 38.1 percent (8-of-21) from 3-point range. They had their best game of the season at the free-throw line, making 17 of 21 shots (81 percent) after going in shooting 63.1 percent.
Kahla Roudebush had 25 points to lead the Bearcats (11-12, 2-9), who made 18 of 19 free throws.
TAMPA 67, FLA. TECH 56: DeShaydia Mackey led five players in double figures with 15 points, and the host Spartans (17-4, 9-2 Sunshine State) pulled away in the second half.
NOVA SE 70, ECKERD 56: Stephanie Sarosi had 26 points and nine rebounds to lead the visiting Sharks past the Tritons (14-8, 4-7 SSC).
SAINT LEO 60, LYNN 59: Whitley Washington hit a 3-pointer with .6 seconds left to lift the host Lions (10-11, 3-7 SSC).
NO. 1 UCONN 82, SETON HALL 36: Maya Moore had 28 points and 14 rebounds, and the visiting Huskies rebounded from their first loss. Moore, fresh off her seventh Big East freshman of the week award, moved into fourth place on the all-time freshman list with 399 points.
NO. 5 BAYLOR 68, TEXAS TECH 45: Danielle Wilson scored 18, and the host Bears (21-2) extended the best start in school history. Baylor was coming off its first loss since mid December, an upset by Oklahoma State on Tuesday that snapped a 13-game winning streak.
NO. 9 CAL 53, OREGON 34: Guard Alexis Gray-Lawson scored 16, and the Golden Bears held the host Ducks to their fewest points in 30 years.
NO. 12 W.VA. 63, PROVIDENCE 60: Olayinka Sanni scored 20 and LaQuita Owens 18, and the visiting Mountaineers won their eighth straight.
NO. 18 KAN. STAtE 64, KAN. 58: Marlies Gipson had 20 points and 14 rebounds to help the host Wildcats overcome a rough first half.
NO. 20 UTAH 66, AIR FORCE 49: Leilani Mitchell had 19 points and 10 assists, and the host Utes won their 15th consecutive game and reached 20 wins for the fifth straight season.
NO. 21 TEXAS A&M 66, TEXAS 57: Danielle Gant scored 25 and the host Aggies fought off a second-half rally to win their fourth straight. The Aggies led by as many as 19 early in the second half.