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Women's college basketball briefs

Compiled from Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 26, 2001

Gators grab SEC's No. 2 seed with a record win

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Brandi McCain had 24 points and Naomi Mobley 10 rebounds to lead No. 11 Florida to its school-record 11th Southeastern Conference win, 74-62 over Alabama on Sunday.

The win and Vanderbilt's upset of Georgia gave the Gators the No. 2 seed in the SEC tournament and one of four first-round byes. Play begins Thursday.

Florida survived a furious second-half rally as the Crimson Tide cut a 27-point deficit to eight with just over two minutes left. Florida's final 11 points came from the free-throw line in the final 2:51.

"We have found interesting ways to get the job done all season, and today was no exception," Gators coach Carol Ross said. "We gave a great effort to build a big lead in the first half. We needed every one of those points tonight."

MEMPHIS 64, USF 52: Tiffany Adkins scored 18 and Patrice Boyd had 16 points and 12 rebounds as the host Tigers won their sixth in a row.

The Bulls, down to eight players because of injuries, stayed close much of the game and were down 35-26 with 15:47 to play. Memphis went on a 10-4 run, but USF pulled within 60-51 on Sarah Lochmann's basket with a minute left.

"We had another good effort today but we just ran out of gas midway through the second half," Bulls coach Jose Fernandez said.

No. 12 seed USF opens the Conference USA tournament Friday against Cincinnati.

UVA 77, FSU 65: Telisha Quarles had 19 points and the host Cavaliers used a 17-0 first-half run to pull away. The third-seeded Seminoles face Virginia again Saturday to open the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Top 25

NO. 1 UT 63, AUBURN 49: Semeka Randall had 13 points and nine rebounds, and the visiting Vols head into the post-season with a 17-game winning streak and their fifth perfect SEC mark.

NO. 18 VANDERBILT 71, NO. 4 GEORGIA 65: Chantelle Anderson scored 24 and the host Commodores rallied with a closing 25-15 run.

NO. 12 XAVIER 93, ST. BONAVENTURE 82: Taru Tuukkanen's 19-point second half helped the visiting Musketeers clinch their first Atlantic 10 regular-season title.

NO. 14 LSU 83, USC 72: Marie Ferdinand scored 31 as the visiting Tigers ended a three-game losing streak.

MARYLAND 75, NO. 17 N.C. STATE 54: The host Terrapins used an 11-2 run four minutes into the second half to snap the Wolfpack's seven-game winning streak.

MICHIGAN 75, NO. 19 PENN ST. 74: Ann Thorius hit a three-pointer with 6.3 seconds left to lift the visiting Wolverines.

NO. 20 SW MISSOURI ST. 89, WICHITA ST. 85 (OT): Jackie Stiles had 24 points for the visiting Bears and needs 20 points in two games to break the NCAA record of 3,122 by Patricia Hoskins. Wichita State's Raeven King made a free throw with 1:14 left to tie it at 73.

NO. 21 WISCONSIN 81, OHIO ST. 62: LaTonya Sims scored 27 on 13-for-18 shooting to lead the host Badgers.

NO. 25 IOWA 75, ILLINOIS 64: Lindsey Meder scored 23 and Randi Peterson 17 as the visiting Hawkeyes overcame a 41-33 halftime deficit.

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