By KY-SHON HEPBURN
Special to GoUSFBulls.com
TAMPA – Jasmine Wynne led four USF players in double digits with 22 points to help the Bulls hold off Stetson, 77-62, and improve to 5-3 at the USF Recreation Center on Monday night.
Wynne was the first of four starters to reach double digits. She led all scorers with 16 points in the first half and added five rebounds. It was Wynne’s fourth game in a row scoring double digits.
“I think the young lady to my right (Jasmine Wynne) had a very good first half,” said head coach Jose Fernandez.
Kaneisha Saunders had 19 points, Akila McDonald had 14 points and Andrell Smith added 10 points.
“I thought K (Saunders) the final seven, eight minutes, I thought she made some really good decisions taking care of the basketball, getting to the rim and hitting some big shots,” said Fernandez.
Stetson shot well from the 3-point line to take a 35-34 lead entering halftime despite both teams shooting 40 percent from the field.
“I think the difference between this team is I think (USF) responded,” said Fernandez.
USF continued their hot shooting in the second half and went on an 11-0 run with just under 13 minutes remaining to regain the lead. The Bulls led by as many as 12 points.
“I saw that my team needed me to step up and make big shots and that's what I had to do and that's what I did in the second half,” said Saunders, who scored 12 of her 19 points in the second half.
USF defense continued to dominate at the Recreation Center. USF held Stetson to 32.3 percent shooting for the field and the Bulls forced Stetson to commit 19 turnovers.
USF heads to Colorado for a pair of games at the Air Force Classic, starting Friday against Idaho State at 9:30 p.m.