Bulls Look to Extend Streak Against Seton Hall
WHO: USF (12-5, 1-3) at Seton Hall (7-11, 2-3)
WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday
WHERE: Walsh Gymnasium, South Orange, N.J.
RADIO: 1010-AM and BullsCast on GoUSFBulls.com (Alex Perlman)
By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA - USF is looking to get back on track in the Big East against an opponent it has never lost to in league play.
The USF women's basketball team looks to extend its winning streak over Seton Hall to 10 games 7 p.m. Tuesday when the programs meet up at Walsh Gymnasium in South Orange, N.J. Victory No. 10 over the Pirates would get USF (12-5, 1-3) closer to even ground in the league before home games against Marquette (6 p.m. Saturday) and No. 13 Louisville (Jan. 30).
USF cruised past Cincinnati, 77-44, for its first Big East win of the season last Tuesday and suffered a last-second 52-49 loss at Villanova on Saturday. Andrell Smith posted a game-high 20 points before fouling out with about five minutes remaining. Andrea Smith and Inga Orekhova added 10 points apiece in a loss head coach Jose Fernandez said the Bulls had to get over quickly before heading to New Jersey.
"We have to move on and focus on Seton Hall. It's tough. You have to move on," Fernandez said.
The Bulls turn their attention to a Seton Hall team that has lost three straight games but is 6-4 at home. Senior guard Brittany Morris (12.5 ppg) and Ka-Deidre Simmons (11.7 ppg) lead the scoring attack while the Pirates' defense has held steady, limiting opponents to 59 points per game.
USF beat Seton Hall twice last season and took the first game, 68-49, last January in New Jersey. Orekhova went 7-for-11 from beyond the arc and finished with 20 points while the Pirates made only 27 percent of their attempts from the field.
The USF defense also came to play 11 days later when the Bulls beat Seton Hall, 57-45, at the USF Recreation Center. Kaneisha Saunders went 9-for-9 from the free throw line and finished with 13 points.
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