TAMPA (Feb. 24, 2014) – The last week of regular season games inside the Sun Dome kicks off Tuesday for the USF women's basketball team, as the Bulls take on Memphis continuing their race to 18 wins and the third seed in the American Athletic Conference Tournament.
Sophomore Courtney Williams went on a tear last week, averaging 26 points and 8.5 rebounds to help the Bulls to two big road wins at Cincinnati and Temple, and continue to be a focal point in USF's offense Tuesday against the Tigers. Williams, the reigning American Player of the Week, scored 13 against Memphis in the teams' first meeting this season, and is averaging 18.9 points per game over the last 11 conference games.
USF Faculty and Staff can receive a $7 ticket to the game by presenting their USF ID at Gate A, and the first 250 students entering through Gate D will receive a free Rally Towel.
The Bulls topped Memphis in the team's first meeting of the year, 71-58 back on Feb. 5. It was the Bulls' first meeting with Memphis since 2005, and the Tigers lead the overall series 12-4.
Get to Know Memphis
The Tigers are looking to break out of a slump, having lost their last six games and eight of the last nine. Sophomore guard Ariel Hearn has been the heart of Memphis' offense, scoring 17.4 points per game for the Tigers.
Hearn scored 16 points in the first meeting against the Bulls, shooting 6-17 from the field.
» USF opponents are shooting .360 from the field this season, the 2nd-lowest opponent FG percentage in Bulls’ history.
» After starting the first five games of the season with the same lineup, the Bulls have trotted out a total of seven different starting lineups, using 10 different players.
» Of USF’s losses, six have been by single digits, including the opening day loss to No. 6/8 Maryland and an 8-point loss to No. 5/5 Louisville. The Bulls are 2-6 in games decided by less than 10 points.
» Inga Orekhova has made 23 consecutive free throws since Jan. 12, and is averaging 12.6 ppg over the last five games.
» Alisia Jenkins is nearly averaging a double-double (9.2 ppg , 9.8 rpg) this season, and has a team-high nine double-doubles. She also leads the conference in rebounding.
» Courtney Williams notched her sixth double-double of the season Feb. 19, racking up 17 points and 10 rebounds at Cincinnati. The 5-8 guard leads the team in 20-point games, with eight.
» Senior Akila McDonald picked up her second double-double of the season at Louisville Feb. 2, scoring 11 points and grabbing 11 boards. McDonald has started all but three games for the Bulls this season.
» USF is now 17-3 lifetime when McDonald has eight or more rebounds (7-2 this season, 6-0 in 2012-13)
» USF is 7-2 in conference play when Inga Orekhova scores at least 10 points. The Bulls are 8-3 this year when she hits 10+
» The Bulls are 12-0 this year when scoring more than 70 points. USF started the season 0-7 when scoring 70 points or less, and are now 3-11 in that situation.
» Senior guard Inga Orekhova underwent successful surgery to repair a torn meniscus in her left knee Monday, Dec. 2. Orekhova began rehab immediately following surgery, and was lightly jogging three days later. Original expected return for Orekhova was 4-6 weeks, but Orekhova did not experience any swelling, and returned to the Bulls’ starting lineup Dec. 15 against Oklahoma State.
A Look Ahead
USF finishes its home schedule Saturday at 7 p.m. against SMU. Purchase tickets for that game HERE.