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© St. Petersburg Times, published January 27, 2001

USF women lose to UAB

TAMPA -- Deanna Jackson, front-runner for player of the year in Conference USA, had 20 points and 10 rebounds as Alabama-Birmingham downed South Florida 66-47 victory.

"This is the hardest the kids have played since we were at Louisville three weeks ago," USF coach Jose Fernandez said. "When you're 3-15 and the kids play as hard as they did on the defensive end, they held Deanna Jackson to 20 and didn't turn the ball over. I was pleased with the effort. Very pleased."

Jackson, the C-USA scoring (26.1 ppg) and rebounding (12.11 rpg) leader, had her 13th double double of the season.

UAB scored the game's first five points and built a 13-point lead at 22-9 midway through the first half.

USF scored the first six of the second half with two baskets inside from Ashley Teets and a jumper from Aiya Shepard to cut the deficit to 32-23 with 17:10 to play.

"We hit some shots in the second half," Fernandez said. "When we went on that 6-0 run we did some things where we spread the floor and we started to take their guards to the basket."

Shepard led the Bulls in scoring for the 11th time with 18.

NO. 18 XAVIER 72, ST. BONAVENTURE 60: Taru Tuukkanen and Nicole Levandusky controlled the scoreboard and the backboards as host Xavier won its sixth straight. Tuukkanen had 22 points and 16 rebounds; Levandusky 26 points and 9 rebounds.


EX-HOOSIER FACES INDIANA: Luke Recker's return to the Big Ten comes full circle today when Iowa plays host to Indiana.

Recker went to Indiana in 1997 to play basketball for Bob Knight, transferred to Arizona after his sophomore season, then transferred to Iowa after a car crash nearly killed him, paralyzed his former girlfriend and put her brother in a coma.

Instead of making Recker sit out a full year under its transfer rules, the NCAA took the circumstances into consideration and granted him two more full seasons of eligibility.

Iowa coach Steve Alford -- who, in an added twist, was a key player on Knight's 1987 NCAA championship team at Indiana -- immediately installed Recker as the shooting guard.

MINNESOTA: The university's lawsuit against former coach Clem Haskins will move forward despite objections from his attorney. Minneapolis attorney Ronald Meshbesher filed a motion Wednesday asking to delay indefinitely the university's lawsuit against Haskins, which seeks the return of most of the $1.5-million it paid the former coach when he agreed to resign in June 1999.

SMITH HONORED: Former North Carolina coach Dean Smith was named by the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas as the Kansan of the Year.

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