SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – The Bulls jumped out to an early lead against Seton Hall on Saturday and never looked back.
USF opened up the game on a 26-8 run and were able to cruise past the Pirates, 68-49, to even its Big East record at 2-2 on the season.
“This league is so tough to go on the road, so anytime you can go on the road and win it is impressive,” head coach Jose Fernandez said.
The win was huge for a team that played two top-25 teams tough over the past week.
“I am just glad that we were able to bounce back and get the win. We had two tough losses in a row against top-25 teams in Georgetown and Louisville that we should have won, so it was good to bounce back,” Fernandez said.
The hot-shooting Bulls shot 42 percent from the floor in the game behind the shooting of junior Inga Orekhova who scored a career high 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting.
Orekhova also hit five threes in the game and was one of three players in double-figures for USF along with Jasmine Wynne, who had 14, and Kaneisha Saunders, who had 10.
Wynne’s 14 points marked the 14th straight game that the senior has scored at least 10 points.
The Bulls also put an emphasis on rebounding the basketball and did so in the win outrebounding the Pirates 40-33 marking the eighth time this season that the team has had an advantage on the glass improving to 7-1 when they accomplish the feat.
USF was able to play outstanding defense, limiting Seton Hall to just 49 points, while forcing them into 13 turnovers.
And the Bulls turned the turnovers into points.
USF capitalized on the fast break outscoring the Pirates 11-0 when they would able to get out and run the floor.
The Bulls were able to keep the pressure on after the hot start to earn the road win.
“We preach to our guys that we need to play 40 minutes, and we were able to do that,” Fernandez said.