4-0 Bulls Look to Keep Rolling on the Road
WHO: USF (4-0) at UNC Asheville (1-4)
WHEN: 7 p.m. Wednesday
WHERE: Kimmel Arena, Asheville, N.C.
RADIO: 1010-AM and BullsCast on GoUSFBulls.com
By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA - The target on USF's back is getting larger with each win and the Bulls are embracing the situation heading into their second road test of the season.
USF (4-0) faces UNC Asheville 7 p.m. Wednesday and the Bulls know the Bulldogs would love to pull off an upset in front of a home crowd at Kimmel Arena in Asheville, N.C.
"Any time you go on the road it's a different monster. You're playing on someone's home floor and we'll handle it like a business trip," head coach Jose Fernandez said. "You have a Big East team going on someone's home floor. I'd be excited to play us if I were UNC Asheville."
USF is 4-0 for the first time since the 2006-07 season when the Bulls won their first five games and finished 20-11 on the way to a deep run in the WNIT. The current version of the Bulls has even higher hopes for this season and continues to move in the right direction.
USF is holding opponents to just 57.2 points per game and three players are averaging double-digit scoring numbers. Inga Orekhova (13.0 ppg) poured in a career-high 23 points in USF's last game, an 85-58 win over North Dakota last Friday, while Andrea Smith and twin sister, Andrell, combined for 36 points to help the Bulls improve to 3-0 at home.
"With Andrea, Andrell and Inga, that's where the bulk of our scoring comes from," Fernandez said.
Andrea Smith ranks 26th in the nation with an average of 19.0 points and the senior was named to the Big East's honor roll on Monday after averaging 21.5 points and 6.5 rebounds last week. She also has been accurate, shooting 48.3 percent from the field and 54.5 percent from 3-point range.
"I think she's been very unselfish," Fernandez said. "She isn't forcing the issue and she's taking good shots. That's why her percentage is so good."
The Bulls wrap up their week at home 1 p.m. Saturday when they host North Florida at the Sun Dome.
"We're off to a good start. It's just continuing to improve each practice, each shoot around and each game," Fernandez said.