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© St. Petersburg Times, published November 13, 2000


Gator women cruise to exhibition win

GAINESVILLE -- The Florida women defeated the Norrkoping Flamingos from Sweden 104-55 Sunday. All 11 Gators scored, led by senior Tombi Bell's 17 points and seven rebounds.

"I didn't expect that we would shoot over 60 percent from the floor like we did during our first exhibition game and we didn't, so we had a chance to work on executing things different ways," UF coach Carol Ross said. "I was pleased with what I saw."

Freshman Tara Taylor scored all of her 16 points in the first half, leading UF to a 60-27 halftime advantage. Taylor left with 11:23 remaining in the second half with an injury to her left knee.

Sophomore Jameelah Trimble had 14 points and 18 rebounds. Freshman Vanessa Hayden had 11 rebounds and 12 points, both career highs. Junior Brandi McCain had 10 points and 12 assists.

NO. 1 UCONN 99, NO. 3 GEORGIA 70: Svetlana Abrosimova had 18 points and 11 assists as Connecticut began defense of its national championship at home in the State Farm Tipoff Classic.

Abrosimova scored 10 points as UConn raced to a 54-31 halftime lead on 62 percent shooting. She also had four of the Huskies' 15 steals.

NO. 13 PENN STATE 99, NO. 12 ODU 72: Ashley Luke had 13 points and a career-high 13 assists for Penn State in the State Farm Tipoff Classic in Hartford, Conn.

Penn State dominated the offensive boards against Old Dominion, which lost All-America center Lucienne Berthieu for the season after she tore a ligament in her left knee Friday.

Penn State has lost captain and three-point specialist Chrissy Falcone, who tore a ligament in her right knee.

Rashana Barnes had 17 of her 19 team-high points in the second half and also had seven rebounds for Penn State.

NO. 9 LOUISIANA TECH 85, RICE 54: Ayana Walker had 23 points and nine rebounds in Louisiana Tech's 28th straight home victory. Cheryl Walker had six rebounds and 12 points for Tech, making eight of 10 free throws. With Walker scoring eight points in a 15-0 run, Louisiana Tech led 34-18 at halftime.

HALL OF FAME: Van Chancellor, coach of the WNBA's Houston Comets, and Illinois coach Theresa Grentz are among 10 new inductees. Phyllis Holmes, LaTaunya Pollard, Linda Sharp, C. Vivian Stringer, Vanya Voinova, Hazel Walker, Rosie Walker and Holly Warlick also will inducted June 8-9 at Knoxville, Tenn.

Chancellor, also Comets general manager, guided the team to four straight league titles and is a three-time coach of the year.

Grentz is a 26-year coaching veteran, with stops at St. Joseph's and Rutgers. She played for the 1970's powerhouse Immaculata College and heads the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.

Rutgers' C. Vivian Stringer is the only coach to take three different schools to the NCAA Final Four. The third-winningest collegiate coach, Stringer has a 621-191 record over 28 seasons at Cheyney, Iowa and Rutgers.

Men

NO. 15 ARKANSAS 81, LONDON LEOPARDS 73: T.J. Cleveland made a layup and a free throw during an 8-0 run in the last two minutes for Arkansas at home.

MICHIGAN 82, WAYNE STATE 56: Freshman Bernard Robinson Jr. had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Leon Jones scored 15 points to lead host Michigan. Freshman Josh Moore scored 12 points. At 7-foot-2 and 300 pounds, Moore had a 6-inch, 75-pound advantage on the biggest Wayne State player.

NO. 9 UT 101, ATHLETES IN ACTION 97 (OT): Vincent Yarbrough scored 22 points and Tony Harris hit a three-pointer with 39 seconds left for the host Vols. Tennessee trailed at one point 24-12 but cut it to 40-38 by the half.

NOTRE DAME 89, INTERNATIONAL SELECT 71: Troy Murphy had 23 points and nine rebounds and David Graves added 19 points for host Notre Dame.

Saturday's late games

GLOBAL SPORTS 80, OKLAHOMA 78: The Oklahoma men hadn't lost an exhibition game since 102-74 to the Soviet Union national team in 1986, a streak of 26 games.

NO. 5 DUKE 56, LSU 45: Freshman Alana Beard scored 20 points to lead Duke in the championship game of the Women's Sports Foundation tournament in Albuquerque, N.M.

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