Bulls take a big blow in bid for tourney

Compiled from Times wires
Published February 24, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Aminata Diop has 16 points, and Georgetown pulled away for a 66-56 victory Saturday over USF that damaged the Bulls' hopes of reaching the Big East tournament.

Shantia Grace had 15 points, 10 in the second half, plus six assists and three steals for USF (13-13, 3-10), now a game behind the Hoyas for the 12th and final spot in the conference tournament with three games left in the regular season. Shanice Fuller added 12 points and eight assists for Georgetown (14-12, 4-9), which snapped a three-game losing streak.

USF was looking for its first back-to-back wins since the end of December.

The Bulls led once, 21-20 on Grace's running jumper with just less than six minutes left in the first half. The Hoyas then went on a 10-1 run capped by Fuller's 3-pointer.

USF got within 30-25 at halftime and as close as 34-30 on ChiChi Okpaleke's layup with 15 minutes left in the game. Georgetown followed that with a 7-1 run.

TAMPA 73, P.B. ATLANTIC 42: Sheena Walton had 19 points and 11 rebounds, her 11th double double of the season, plus four blocks for the visiting Spartans (20-5), who reached 20 wins for the third straight time, a first in program history.

ECKERD 75, FLA. TECH 67: Samantha Infantino, subbing for the foul-plagued Olivia Nagle, had 11 of her 16 points in the first half, leading four players in double figures for the visiting Tritons (15-10, 5-9 Sunshine State Conference).

BARRY 55, SAINT LEO 33: Princess Bailey had 15 points and nine rebounds as the host Buccaneers swept the season series from the Lions (12-13, 5-9 SSC).

Top 25

NO.1 UCONN 98, ST. JOHN'S 41: Ketia Swanier scored a career-high 20 for the host Huskies. Just before the game, the Red Storm suspended Kia Wright, Nikki Jo Rotolo, Charisse Curtis, Kristin Moore, Sheree Ledbetter and Recee Mitchell for violating an unspecified team rule, coach Kim Barnes Arico said.

NO.5 RUTGERS 62, PROVIDENCE 43: Essence Carson scored 16 and the visiting Scarlet Knights gave coach C. Vivian Stringer her 799th career victory. Stringer is trying to become the third major women's coach to 800, joining Tennessee's Pat Summit and former Texas coach Jody Conradt.

NO.7 STANFORD 60, NO.8 CAL 58: Jayne Appel scored 13 of her 16 in the second half and Candice Wiggins, who missed 14 of her first 16 shots, scored the go-ahead basket with 2:47 left for the visiting Cardinal.

NO.9 BAYLOR 73, IOWA ST. 59: Jessica Morrow scored 18 and the Bears finished the game with a 15-4 run, rallying to snap a two-game road losing streak.

NO.11 OKLA. 81, NO.16 OKLA. ST. 71: Courtney Paris had 18 points and 15 rebounds for her 86th straight double double as the host Sooners avenged a blowout loss. Paris scored her 2,000th point with 6:55 left in the first half, becoming the fourth Oklahoma player to reach that mark and the fastest in Big 12 history, needing 94 games.

NO.13 W.VA. 76, VILLANOVA 55: Olayinka Sanni scored 21 for the host Mountaineers, who opened with a 22-2 run and cruised.

COLO. 73, NO.15 KANSAS ST. 68: Brittany Spears had 20 points and Jackie McFarland scored 17 of her 19 in the second half as the host Buffaloes handed the Wildcats their second straight loss.

NO.18 UTAH 57, N.M. 53: Kalee Whipple and Morgan Warburton keyed a second-half run as the host Utes rallied for their 18th straight win.

NO.22 SYRACUSE 66, UC 56: Chandrea Jones had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the host Orange, which erased a 34-32 halftime deficit by holding the Bearcats without a field goal for the first seven minutes of the second half.

MARQUETTE 76, NO.23 PITT 69: Krystal Ellis scored 18 and the host Golden Eagles rallied to send the Panthers to their fourth straight loss.