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Associated Press

Posted on December 19, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 19 at 3:33 PM

T25-WASHINGTON ST-LOUISVILLE

No. 14 Louisville women rout Washington St. 75-39

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Sara Hammond scored 18 points as No. 14 Louisville routed Washington State 75-39 on Tuesday night.

The Cardinals (10-2), who had lost two of their previous three games, shot 46.3 percent (31 of 67) compared to 32 percent (16 of 50) for the Cougars.

Washington State (3-6), coming off a 62-55 upset win over No. 20 Ohio State on Dec. 15, posted its lowest point total of the season.

Tied at 11 after 11 minutes, Louisville closed out the half on a 24-3 run.

Bria Smith added 13 points, Shoni Schimmel 12 and Jude Schimmel 10 for the Cardinals, who were playing their first game without starting forward Shawnta' Dyer. The sophomore, who was averaging 7.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, tore her ACL and MCL in her left knee during practice Sunday and is out for the rest of the season.

Lia Galdeira's 13 points led Washington State.

WASHINGTON ST-TUEL

Tuel drops bid for 5th season

(Information in the following story is from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com)

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel has dropped a bid to get a fifth season of NCAA eligibility and will focus his efforts on preparing for the NFL draft.

Tuel tells The Seattle Times that he feels good about his chances for a pro career.

The attempt to get Tuel a fifth year revolved around his injury-plagued 2011 season in which he broke a collarbone early in the opening game. He came back at midseason for two games, then reinjured his collarbone and was out for the year.

Tuel says questions by the NCAA appeared to make the fifth year hinge on whether he felt he had been "mistreated" by the coaching staff, and he says that was not the case.

LILLARD'S LEARNING CURVE

Rookie Lillard earns his stripes with Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard usually keeps to the rookie script, rarely showing too much excitement on the court or off it.

But when he launched the game-winning 3-pointer against New Orleans late last week, he celebrated by high-fiving a random fan seated near the bench.

The 22-year-old has emerged as the NBA's early Rookie of the Year favorite, handling his debut season with a veteran's poise but a freshman's humility.

Lillard is averaging 18.8 points, best by far among the NBA's first-year players, along with 6.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds and a labor-intensive 38 minutes per game. He is the only Blazer to start in all 23 games.

AP PRO32 RANKINGS

Seahawks at No. 7

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks have moved up a spot to seventh in the AP Pro32 NFL power rankings after a second straight 50-point game.

Sporting News' Clifton Brown says "Something special is brewing in Seattle, and it's not just the coffee."

Seattle is preparing to take on the 49ers on Sunday knowing a win could give them a shot at the NFC West title.

The Denver Broncos topped the list for the first time after a nine-game winning streak.

AFC West champion Denver and playoff-bound San Francisco each received six first-place votes Tuesday in balloting by The Associated Press' panel of 12 media members who regularly cover the league. The Broncos outpointed the 49ers for first, 375-372, in the closest voting of the season.

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