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Basketball - 02. December 2007.

USA - Zavecz leads Cowgirls to victory


LARAMIE (NCAA) - Australia's Hanna Zavecz scored 19 points and dished out seven assists as No. 24 Wyoming beat Montana 65-54 on Thursday night.

Wyoming overcame a poor shooting night with a strong defensive effort, holding the Lady Griz to 35% (16 of 46) shooting from the floor and dominating the boards, 41-31.

The Cowgirls took 30 shots from beyond the arc, connecting on just eight.

Polish forward Justyna Podziemska was three of six on her three-point attempts and finished with 15 points for Wyoming.

Britney Lohman led Montana with 14 points and seven rebounds, hitting 11 of 12 attempts from the free throw line.

Team USA's Sylvia Fowles scored 19 points to lead four players in double figures as No. 7 Louisiana State coasted to a 77-46 victory over Houston.

Fowles and the Lady Tigers wasted little time building a commanding lead through the opening 20 minutes, shooting 59% (16 of 27) from the floor en route to a 41-19 bulge.

Quianna Chaney and Ashley Thomas poured in 11 points apiece and RaShonta LeBlanc added 10 for LSU, who forced 25 turnovers and held a 34-20 edge in points in the paint.

Brittney Scott scored 11 points for Houston, who gave up an eye-opening 29 points on turnovers.

Freshman Maya Moore scored 17 points and Mel Thomas added 14 as No. 2 Connecticut rolled to a 80-34 victory over Brigham Young in Storrs.

Moore became the first freshman in school history to score in double figures in each of her first six starts, hitting eight of 12 from the floor and helping the Huskies open the game with a 23-0 run.

Tina Charles added 11 points and 12 rebounds for Connecticut, who shot 52% (33 of 63) from the floor.

No. 4 North Carolina got 28 points from Rashanda McCants en route to an 90-72 win over Purdue in the first round of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

Cetera DeGraffenreid added 17 points for the Tar Heels, who face their biggest challenge of the season on Sunday when they play No. 1 Tennessee in Knoxville.

North Carolina, who have beaten Purdue three straight times, shot 42% (25 of 59) and had four players in double figures.

Tasha Humphrey scored all of her 19 points in the second half to help eighth-ranked Georgia to a 69-59 victory over Oakland, while Rachel Allison had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead four players in double figures as No. 11 Baylor rolled to an 81-51 victory over Southeast Missouri.

Takia Starks scored 23 points and Danielle Gant added 12 as 12th-ranked Texas A&M cruised to a 69-41 victory over Michigan, and a big night from Allyssa DeHaan powered Michigan State past Clemson. DeHaan collected 26 points and 13 rebounds as the No. 19 Spartans won 68-51 in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

Natasha Williams had 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead No. 21 DePaul in a 74-35 rout of Illinois-Chicago, while Brittainey Raven had 16 points to lead all five starters in double figures as 25th-ranked Texas beat Texas-Arlington, 76-60.

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