Saturday, February 7, 2004

Women: Bulls charge back to defeat Bearcats in OT



The Cincinnati Enquirer

Jessica Dickson's shot with 3.3 seconds to play in overtime gave the University of South Florida a 66-64 victory over Cincinnati at Fifth Third Arena Friday night.

It was the fourth straight loss for the Bearcats (10-12, 1-7 Conference USA), who led 30-27 at halftime.

Dickson scored 27 points for the Bulls (10-12, 3-6), who sent the game to overtime on a layup by Anedra Gilmore with 34 seconds to play.

UC's Debbie Merrill missed a layup with five seconds remaining in regulation, and Sharon Cambridge rebounded for USF.

Merrill led the Bearcats with 18 points and also had five rebounds and four assists.

Valerie King scored 14 points for the Bearcats, and Micah Harvey added 10. Toni Slaughter and Brittani Young each had six rebounds for UC, which was outrebounded 37-29, and Anne Stephens had a game-high three blocks.

Gilmore finished with 10 points for the Bulls, who shot 57 percent (12-of-21) in the second half.

King opened the overtime period with a 3-pointer, and the Bearcats increased their lead to 62-58 on a free throw by Young. Gilmore followed with a layup for the Bulls, but two foul shots by Merrill pushed the Bearcats' advantage back to four, 64-60 with 3:03 to play.

South Florida outscored UC 6-0 over the last 2:39, with a jump shot by Ezria Parsons sandwiched between baskets by Dickson.

The Bearcats were hurt by three turnovers over the final 2:02 of overtime.

Xavier 63, La Salle 50

Junior Adeola Olanrewaju had team highs with 14 points and 14 rebounds as the Musketeers won their sixth straight game.

It was Olanrewaju's second double-double of the season. Kristy Wallner added 12 points for the Musketeers (15-7, 7-4 Atlantic 10).

Miranda Green, a freshman, had 10 points, six assists and a career-high eight rebounds for Xavier, which came into the game leading the A-10 with a plus-4.9 rebounding margin and beat the Explorers on the boards 46-24.

Tara Boothe finished with 11 points and Alexis Henderson added a season-high seven points.

Davineia Payne had 16 points to lead La Salle (10-10, 3-4).

The teams played to an 11-all tie seven and a half minutes into the game before Xavier used a 10-4 run to open a 21-15 lead with just less than nine minutes left in the first half.

The Musketeers built the lead to as many as 11, going up 31-20 with 4:29 left in the period, and took a 35-28 advantage into halftime.




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