Bulls Fall to No. 1 UConn
TAMPA, FLA., FEB. 27, 2017 – The University of South Florida was unable to slow down No. 1 UConn Monday night in a 96-68 defeat at the USF Sun Dome Arena.
Three Bulls scored double-figures, led by senior Ariadna Pujol (Mataro, Spain) with 16 points in her final appearance home appearance. The 5,948 fans were the third most in school history.
USF (22-7, 11-5 The American) looked to snap the Huskies’ 104-game winning streak, but couldn’t overcome the top-ranked Huskies’ 52 percent shooting performance.
The Bulls went toe-to-toe after UConn poured in four consecutive three-pointers early in the first quarter. USF battled to within seven with two minutes left in the first frame and shot 52 percent in the second and third quarters.
The Bulls’ four seniors, Pujol, Paige Cashin (Newark, Ohio), Katelyn Weber (Little Rock, Ark.) and Nancy Warioba (Kisumu, Kenya) played the final minutes of the contest and said a final good bye to the USF fans.
UConn (29-0, 15-0 The American) was led by Napheesa Collier with 39 points, a new individual game high for the Huskies. Collier finished 15-for-19 and 2-for-3 from long range. She also added 12 rebounds. Four players finished in double-figures for the Huskies and three tallied at least four assists.
15- UConn finished with 15 offensive rebounds. The Bulls were edged 39-36 on the boards.
5 – USF was only outscored by a margin +5 in the final three quarters.
- As the third seed, the Bulls are scheduled to play the 6/11 seed winner in the conference championship quarterfinals on Saturday, March 4 at 8 p.m. (ESPN3). The tournament will once again take place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
- Forward Kitija Laksa (Riga, Latvia) posted 15 points for a season total of 567 points, which is only 19 points away from Courtney Williams’ sophomore record. The performance gives Laksa 931 career points.
- Laia Flores (Mataro, Spain) turned in another impressive stat line with 13 points, four rebounds and six assists. Flores’ season total of 179 assists is now the second highest single season total in program history (Anedra Gilmore, 190 assists, 2004-05).
USF will travel to The American conference championship at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
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USF has notched its fifth consecutive 20-win season. The Bulls tallied its 20th win in their 24th contest of the season which tied the fastest any program has reached 20 wins. This is the eighth 20-win season in program history and head coach Jose Fernandez has been at the helm for all eight 20-win seasons. The 2014-15 team reached 20 wins in 24 games, and still currently holds the best record for most wins in a season (27).
USF has made 12 postseason tournament appearances and had four NCAA Tournament berths in Head Coach Jose Fernandez’s 16 seasons. The all-time winningest coach in program history, Fernandez has guided USF to nine 20-win seasons, two WNIT final four appearances, the 2009 WNIT championship and won more than 300 games.
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