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Women's college basketball briefs

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© St. Petersburg Times, published March 5, 2001


FSU halted in surprise run

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- When Georgia Schweitzer says she wants the ball, her Duke teammates have learned to listen.

Schweitzer scored 25, including eight straight in a pivotal second-half run, to lead the fourth-ranked Blue Devils to a 72-56 victory Sunday over Florida State in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Duke plays today for its second straight ACC tournament title after stopping the Seminoles, who reached the conference semifinals for the first time.

"I told my teammates in practice (Saturday) that I wanted the ball," Schweitzer said. "They did a great job of getting it to me."

Schweitzer, a senior point guard, gave Duke a similar command in Friday's 75-68 overtime victory over Wake Forest in the quarterfinals and scored a career-high 27.

Duke fed Schweitzer early in the first half when she scored 17 as Duke took a 38-36 lead.

The Blue Devils broke it open at the start of the second half with a 14-1 run. The Seminoles missed their first seven shots of the half and turned the ball over six times while falling into a 52-37 hole.

"I think their second-half effort was stellar," FSU coach Sue Semrau said. "They held us. That first 10 minutes, we couldn't find a combination to score."

NO. 21 N.C. STATE 65, NO. 25 CLEMSON 52: Carisse Moody had 21 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Wolfpack to the tournament final for the first time in 10 years.

SEC tournament

NO. 6 GEORGIA 62, NO. 15 VANDERBILT 60: Kelly Miller hit a running 15-foot jumper with 0.8 seconds left in Memphis, Tenn., as the Bulldogs won their first conference tournament title since 1986.

C-USA tournament

CINCINNATI 65, DEPAUL 52: Valerie King scored 22 and led a second-half rally for the Bearcats in a semifinal in Milwaukee. Fifth-seeded Cincinnati faces Tulane in the championship game tonight.

TULANE 78, HOUSTON 74: Janell Burse scored 33, including a key breakaway in the closing minutes, as the second-seeded Green Wave pulled away.

State

FIU 98, NEW ORLEANS 76: Gergana Slavtcheva scored 31 for the Golden Panthers and tied her school record with seven three-pointers in the Sun Belt tournament quarterfinals in Mobile, Ala. FIU faces Denver today.

Top 25

NO. 2 NOTRE DAME 89, GEORGETOWN 33: The top-seeded Fighting Irish earned the most lopsided win in Big East tournament history and faces Virginia Tech in today's semifinal in Storrs, Conn.

NO. 3 UCONN 96, BC 53: Freshman Diana Taurasi scored 22 for the second-seeded Huskies in a Big East quarterfinal. Connecticut faces Rutgers today.

NO. 23 IOWA 75, NO. 8 PURDUE 70: Randi Peterson scored 20 and Cara Consuegra hit seven free throws in the final 37 seconds as the Hawkeyes won the Big Ten championship in Grand Rapids, Mich.

NO. 9 RUTGERS 69, PROVIDENCE 58: Tasha Pointer had 16 points and 12 rebounds as the Scarlet Knights held on in a Big East quarterfinal.

NO. 12 XAVIER 80, DAYTON 71: Taru Tuukkanen scored 22 in Philadelphia as the Musketeers advanced to their third straight Atlantic 10 championship with their 17th straight victory.

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