© St. Petersburg Times, published December 30, 2000
GAINESVILLE -- Naomi Mobley had 15 points and 10 rebounds as No. 19 Florida beat No. 7 Rutgers 66-58 Friday night in the championship game of the State Farm Classic.
Brandy McCain added 16 points and six assists for Florida (11-1). The Gators won their holiday tournament for the ninth time since its 1990 inception.
Kourtney Walton scored 19 points to lead Rutgers (8-2), which was off to its best start since beginning the 1990-91 season with 13 straight wins.
The Scarlet Knights' loss is their second to a ranked team from the Southeastern Conference this month. On Dec. 3, they fell to then-No. 7 Georgia 82-53 at the Elite 4 Classic. Rutgers is 10-23 against the SEC.
Mobley, voted the tournament's most valuable player, helped the Gators break open the game midway through the second half. During a 12-2 run that put them ahead 41-30, the 6-foot-2 junior forward scored eight points.
Rutgers, which closed the deficit to eight points with 9:29 remaining, hurt its hopes of a comeback with foul trouble.
TAMPA 83, CULVER-STOCKTON 68: The host Spartans improved to 10-1 with their ninth consecutive victory, led by Nichole Blair's 21 points. Tampa freshman Yushonda Morse continued her streak of double-figure scoring in every game, getting 10.
MIAMI 64, W. MICHIGAN 51: Dalia Clarke was named most valuable player of the Gatorade Holiday Classic after leading the host school to the championship. Miami (6-4) had not won the tournament since the 1997-98 season.
WHEN/WHERE: 2 today; the Corral, USF Sun Dome, Tampa.
RECORDS: Towson 0-10, USF 2-8.
KEY PLAYERS: Towson -- Jill McGowan, F/G, 6-0 Sr. (11.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg); Mia Chapman, G, 5-4 So. (8.9 ppg, 1.7 rpg); Faith Jones, C/F, 6-0 Jr. (7.0 ppg, 6.6 rpg). USF -- Aiya Shepard, G, 5-6 So. (17.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg); Denetrice Stinson, F, 6-0 Jr. (14.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg); Shannon Layne, G, 5-8 Sr. (11.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg); Lindsey Smith, F, 6-0 So. (6.0 rpg, 3.9 rpg).
NOTES: This is a contest between teams in desperate need of a win. South Florida is 2-8 after Thursday night's home loss to Kansas State. The Bulls have lost four consecutive games and seven of their last eight. Towson has not won and is coming off a loss to Stetson Thursday night. It's the worst start in school history for the Tigers. ... South Florida opens Conference USA play Tuesday. ... The Tigers lost two games by more than 40 points (83-34 to Vermont and 91-47 to George Washington) and three by 18 or more. ... Despite its record, USF has played its opponents close in many cases, including a three-point overtime loss to Western Kentucky on Dec. 18. -- Compiled by Antonya English.
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