The Bulls ran out of firepower in their pursuit of the program's second WNIT title since 2009.
The USF women's basketball team posted two blowout wins to get to the tournament's third round before suffering a 72-45 loss at James Madison on Friday night. The Bulls (19-16) tied a season low with their points total and fell almost 20 points below their season average on a night that just didn't feel right on the offensive end.
"We picked a bad night to play as poorly as we did, but James Madison had a lot to do with it as well," USF head coach Jose Fernandez said.
USF shot 21 percent from the field against the Dukes (27-7) and were outrebounded, 62-33, with JMU posting 38 on the defensive end.
"This game was won on the offensive glass," Fernandez said. "I thought James Madison attacked on the glass. That's been our issue and our weak spot this season."
Inga Orekhova posted a team-high 11 points and senior Jasmine Wynne added 10 in her final game as a Bull. Wynne ended her stellar USF career with 958 points and 185 steals while becoming the Big East's most improved player this season.
USF has had a knack of starting fast lately but couldn't find its groove in Friday's first period. The Bulls dug themselves into a 24-12 hole at halftime after going 4-for-30 from the field, including an 0-for-9 performance from beyond the 3-point line. Both the points and field goal totals marked season lows for USF.
"We could never get going in those first five minutes. We missed two point-blank layups," Fernandez said.
JMU went on an 11-2 run to before heading into the locker room while USF went scoreless for the final 4 minutes, 6 seconds. The Dukes outrebounded, 21-11, in the final 12 minutes of the half.
"They were ready to play. I thought JMU had an incredible atmosphere for a college basketball game," said Fernandez, whose Bulls played before an electric crowd of 2,354 at the Convocation Center in Harrisonburg, Va.