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© St. Petersburg Times, published December 19, 2000

USF's bid for upset falls short

TAMPA -- South Florida was seven seconds from upsetting the biggest name on its schedule, but Western Kentucky forced overtime and went on to win 84-81 Monday.

Aiya Shepard's free throws gave the Bulls (2-7) the lead at 72-70, then Camryn Whitaker drove through the defense and sent the game into overtime on a layup with 6.7 seconds left.

USF never led in overtime but closed within 82-81 with eight seconds left on Shannon Layne's school-record eighth three-pointer. The Bulls got the ball with 3.3 seconds left after two more WKU free throws but could not get a shot off.

Layne, a senior guard, scored a career-high 30 points.

The Hilltoppers have made 14 NCAA Tournament appearances, tied for ninth in Division I.

"When you have a program like Western Kentucky coming in here, they're a 20-win program every season and they know how to win," USF coach Jose Fernandez said.

Top 25

NO. 3 NOTRE DAME 84, W. MICH. 54: Alicia Ratay scored 21 points and made nine straight baskets after missing her first three for the host Irish.

NO. 4 GEORGIA 110, DARTMOUTH 73: Coco Miller scored a season-high 27 points and twin sister Kelly added 13 for the host Bulldogs, who led l3-2 early and were never threatened.

NO. 9 AUBURN 74, NEBRASKA 55: Tasha Hamilton scored 20 points and Lori Neo had 17 of her 19 in the second half for the Tigers in the San Juan (Puerto Rico) Shootout.

NO. 12 LSU 79, PRAIRIE VIEW 32: Doneeka Hodges scored 14 points and the host Tigers got 42 from their reserves.

NO. 20 OKLAHOMA 75, N. TEXAS 61: Jadrea Seeley scored 17 points, 15 in the first half, for the host Sooners.

UConn tops poll again

Connecticut led a Top 5 that stayed the same. The Huskies, No. 1 all last season, have led the rankings 26 straight times. Florida jumped two spots to No. 16.

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