The La Salle women's basketball team arrived at the holiday break in a merry mood after a 63-47 nonconference victory over Rider yesterday at Tom Gola Arena.

The Explorers have won three straight.

"It's a great feeling," said Margaret Elderton after scoring a season-high 19 points. "Especially since we had a couple of rough ones, it's nice to bounce back on a roll. You almost don't want to take the break, but we could use the time off."

La Salle (7-5) pulled away at the end of the first half and was never seriously threatened the rest of the way. The Explorers are 7-0 in their series with the Broncs.

Morgan Robertson added 15 points for the Explorers.

"We gutted out a nice defensive win after a slow start," La Salle coach Tom Lochner said. "Rider can be a dangerous team and they won't give up."

La Salle sank 7 of 19 three-point attempts while Rider (2-7) was 1 for 12.

"La Salle's very good at hitting that dagger, and every time we got close, we gave up an open three," said Rider coach Lynn Milligan, a former St. Joseph's assistant in her second season with the Broncs.

Connecticut 83, Florida State 71 -

Senior guard Renee Montgomery shook off a shooting slump with seven three-pointers and 25 points to lead the No. 1 Huskies (10-0) over the Seminoles (9-4) in the finale of the Caribbean Classic in Cancun, Mexico.

Sophomore Maya Moore added 18 points and junior center Kaili McLaren had 10 points and a career-high seven assists.

Tanae Davis-Cain led the Seminoles with 25 points.

Tennessee 79, Stanford 69 -

Shekinna Stricklen scored eight of her season-high 25 points in overtime and the No. 11 Volunteers upset the No. 3 Cardinal in Knoxville in a rematch of the 2008 national championship game.

Angie Bjorklund added 16 points for Tennessee, and Stricklen and Vicki Baugh had seven rebounds each.

Jayne Appel lead the Cardinal with 19 points and 14 rebounds.

Texas A&M 64, Texas Christian 50 -

Takia Starks scored 21 points to lead the fourth-ranked Aggies (10-0) over the 24th-ranked Horned Frogs (8-4) at College Station.

La Toya Micheaux added 14 rebounds and four steals for A&M.

T.K. LaFleur scored a game-high 22 points for TCU, which lost its second straight.

Oklahoma 94, Tulsa 42 -

Ashley Paris had 20 points and 10 rebounds, one of three players with double-doubles for the No. 6 Sooners (9-2) in a rout of the Golden Hurricane (3-6) in Norman, Okla.

Courtney Paris had 16 points and 10 rebounds, extending her NCAA-record streak of consecutive double-doubles to 103 games, while Danielle Robinson added 13 points, 10 assists and five steals for Oklahoma.

Larissa Williams led Tulsa with 13 points.

Louisville 67, Vermont 56 -

Deseree' Byrd had 15 points and five assists and Candyce Bingham added 14 points to help the 9th-ranked Cardinals (10-1) overcome a sub-par performance from star Angel McCoughtry and hold off the Catamounts (5-5) in Louisville.

McCoughtry scored a season-low 12 points in 24 foul-plagued minutes, shooting just 5 of 12 from the field and 0 for 4 at the free-throw line.

Sy Janousek led Vermont with 18 points and May Kotsopoulos added 12.

Florida 90, Pittsburgh 83 -

Sha Brooks had 24 points and eight rebounds and Lonnika Thompson added a career-high 16 points, sending the No. 20 Gators (11-1) past the No. 16 Panthers (9-2) in Gainesville, Fla.

Shavonte Zellous scored a career-high 42 points for Pitt.

Men's games

Pittsburgh 56, Florida State 48 -

Sam Young scored 21 points, including two critical baskets in the final 1 minute, 51 seconds, as the No. 3 Panthers (12-0) overcame 33 percent shooting to remain undefeated with the victory over the Seminoles (11-2) in Tallahassee, Fla.

Pitt nearly wasted a 17-0 run keyed by two three-point shots by Jermaine Dixon that gave them a 43-34 lead with 8:53 left. But Florida State made one last push, tying the game at 48 on Uche Echefu's jumper with 2:23 left.

Toney Douglas scored 20 points to lead Florida State, which shot 29.8 percent.

Clemson 91, Miami 72 -

K.C. Rivers scored 28 points and the No. 25 Tigers (12-0) overcame an early 12-point deficit on the way to beating the Hurricanes (7-3) in Coral Gables, Fla., in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.

Penn State 83, Lafayette 55 -

Stanley Pringle scored 17 points and Jamelle Cornley had 16 to lead the Nittany Lions (10-2) over the Leopards (2-8) in State College, Pa.

Talor Battle contributed 11 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for Penn State. Jared Mintz led Lafayette with 10 points.

Delaware 70, Boston U. 68 -

D.J. Boney drained a three-pointer from the left corner with 4.1 seconds remaining, capping a career-high 14 points and sealing the Blue Hens' (5-6) win over the Terriers (5-5) in Boston.

Alphonso Dawson led the Blue Hens with 20 points and Jawan Carter added 16.

College Basketball: On Tap Today

Three of the Big Five, plus Drexel, play men's college basketball games today:

Drexel visits Memphis and Chester native Tyreke Evans today at 1 p.m.

Cornell, which beat LaSalle on Saturday, visits St. Joseph's    at the Palestra at 7:30 p.m.

Navy visits Villanova   at 7:30.

Temple continues its road trip with a 9 p.m. game at Long Beach State.

This article contains material from the Associated Press.

Contact staff writer Mel Greenberg at 215-854-5725 or mgreenberg@phillynews.com.

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