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Huskies finish on 10-0 OT run

STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- Eighth-ranked Connecticut narrowly avoided
its first two-game losing streak in 12 seasons, beating South
Florida 75-65 Wednesday night with Barbara Turner getting eight of
her 23 points in overtime.
Willnett Crockett finished with a career-high 18 points and 15
rebounds, including several key defensive rebounds in the extra
session.
The Huskies (2-1) were coming off a defeat to North Carolina 10
days earlier, and had not lost consecutively since the 1992-93
season. It was the first overtime game in Gampel Pavilion since the
arena opened in 1990.
The Huskies haven't lost to an unranked team since 1993.
Andrea Gilmore led the Bulls (5-3) with 20 points. Her 3-pointer
with 22.6 seconds left in regulation tied the game at 65. The
Huskies had one last chance to win it in regulation, but Turner
missed a shot in the closing seconds.
The Huskies, who struggled all night against the faster Bulls,
came up with key defensive plays in the extra period. Crockett and
freshman Charde Houston pilled down with several defensive
rebounds, and Houston also blocked a shot. The Bulls went 0-for-5
in overtime.
The Huskies had a four-point lead at the break and never trailed
in the second half. They led by as many as seven points in the
half, but were unable to put away the Bulls, who closed with a 6-2
run.
Houston finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Jessica Dickson had 19 points for the Bulls before fouling out
with less than 2 minutes left in overtime.
UConn stumbled through the first 10 minutes of the game. The
Bulls took advantage of five UConn turners, stunning the Huskies
with a 21-4 run midway through the half. Dickson had 12 points,
including three 3-pointers in the spurt that silenced a crowd of
10,000.
UConn had just three baskets in that span, trailed 25-14 with
9:22 left in the half and was in desperate need of offense when Ann
Strother and freshman guard Ketia Swanier came through for the
defending NCAA champions. Strother's 3-pointer with 7:56 remaining
started the Huskies on their own 21-4 run.
Most of the surge was built on UConn's transition game.
Swanier's steal and layup and her behind-the-back assist to Houston
brought the Huskies and the crowd back into it, and UConn held a
35-31 lead at the break.