J. Meric

Notebook: USF Trio Terrific During 8-0 Start

December 11, 2012


USF Senior Writer

TAMPA - The Smith twins and Inga Orekhova are turning out to be quite the trio for the 8-0 USF women's basketball team.

Andrea Smith has picked up where she left off in her last season of action, leading the Bulls in scoring at 15.4 points per game. Andrell Smith made the Big East's weekly honor roll by averaging 17 points last week and she's second on the team in scoring (14.8 ppg). Orekhova continues to be USF's top 3-point threat and is averaging 11.9 points per game.

"I think the Smiths and Inga Orekhova have worked really well together. All three of them can shoot the three. All three of them can create off the bounce. They find each other in transition," head coach Jose Fernandez said. "My staff and I are very fortunate to be able to coach three kids of that caliber."

Turning Back the Clock

The Bulls are 8-0 for the first time since the 1976-77 season after cruising past Jacksonville, 92-52, last Saturday. USF looks to keep its perfect record intact when it faces No. 22 Nebraska 2 p.m. Sunday at the Sun Dome. Purchase tickets HERE.

"We're going to take it like our next game coming up. This week we'll watch a lot of film on us as well as getting prepared for Nebraska," said Fernandez, whose team also has been taking finals this week.

Get to Know the Opponent

Nebraska is ranked No. 22 in this week's USA Today/Coaches Poll after defeating No. 24 FSU, 78-77, on Saturday. All-American forward Jordan Hooper scored 36 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to help the Cornhuskers (7-3) hand the Seminoles their first loss.

Nebraska has a 12-game winning streak against Florida schools heading into Sunday's meeting with the Bulls. Cornhuskers coach Connie Yori is approaching 400 career wins and 200 victories with the program.

"They're a very well coached team and they have a very nice ball club," Fernandez said. "These are the type of games that I think definitely will help you as you go onto league play."

Still Solid on Defense

USF still ranks 21st nationally in scoring defense with just 50.3 points allowed per game. The Bulls are 12th in the nation in turnover margin (plus-7.83) and 39th in steals per contest (12.1).

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