TAMPA, Fla. – The University of South Florida women’s basketball team got balanced scoring across the board today placing five of the 11 players to see action this afternoon in double figures en route to a 91-67 exhibition win over the Miami Sun at the Sun Dome.
Brittany Denson led the way with a team high 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to go along with two blocked shots and two steals in 26 minutes. Gulf Coast Community College transfer Janae Stokes added 13 points in 17 minutes and freshman Jasmine Wynne had a solid collegiate debut with 12 points.
Shantia Grace and Alexis Givands each added 11 points in the triumph.
The Bulls found themselves in a tight contest early on leading by as few as two points (17-15) when former Florida standout Tombi Bell connected on a lay up with 10:39 left in the half. USF, however, put together an 8-0 run to get its first double digit lead of the game, 26-15, on a three-pointer by Grace with 6:48 left in the first stanza and then extended that to its biggest margin of the half, 15 points (30-15) on a field goal by Grace with 5:59 left.
The Sun, however, would get back into the contest cutting the lead to four points on a lay up by Yolanda McCormick with 2:47 left that capped a 13-2 run. USF would eventually take a nine point, 40-31 edge into the locker room at the intermission.
The Bulls came out in the second half and quickly found their groove – and never looking back - pushing the margin to 17 points, 54-37, just five minutes into the final stanza. USF would lead by as many as 27 points, 73-46, midway through the second half. The Sun would never get closer than 15 points the rest of the game.
On the afternoon, the Bulls shot 49.3 percent (33-67) from the field while holding the Sun to just 35.9 percent (23-64) from the floor and 22.2 percent (4-18 from behind the three-point arc.
USF also controlled the glass outrebounding the opposition 52-33. In addition to Denson’s 11 rebounds, Porche Grant also hauled down 11 boards in the win.
For the Sun, McCormick paced the way with 21 points while Bell added 13 points in a losing effort.
The Bulls will close out the exhibition portion of their schedule on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. when they face DT3 in the Sun Dome. That team will feature former North Carolina standout, and current member of the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream, Nikki Teasley along with former USF standouts Nalini Miller and Sharon Cambridge.
USF will open the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 15 when it faces Central Connecticut in the first round of the USF Shootout. Harvard and Loyola (Md.) will meet in the second game of the day.
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