HARTFORD, CONN. JAN. 26, 2014 – The University of South Florida fell victim to the best three-point shooting performance of the year for the top-ranked UConn Huskies Sunday, suffering the receiving end of 14 made three-pointers in an 81-53 loss at Hartford.
The Bulls (10-9 overall, 5-3 The American) got another strong performance out of sophomore guard Courtney Williams (Folkston, Ga.) offensively, but USF couldn’t fight off UConn’s 48 percent field goal percentage and a 14-25 effort from three as the Huskies improved to 21-0 on the season.
The Bulls got off to a hot start against the undefeated Huskies, using six quick points from Williams and an Inga Orekhova three to lead a high-scoring UConn team 12-11 through the first seven minutes of the first half. Shooting 6-11 from the field early, the Bulls cooled off to shoot 3-15 in the final 10 minutes.
The Huskies took things over at the 20-point mark, knocking down 10 of their first 12 three-pointers of the game and a 16-3 run to extend the lead to a 45-27 halftime lead.
Williams put together a strong second half, scoring 15 of her team-high 23 points in the final 20 minutes, and notching her sixth 20-point game of the season. Williams scored 21 points against No. 6 Maryland earlier in the season, and tied a career high Sunday as she continues to shine against some of the best competition in the nation.
Senior center Akila McDonald (Decatur, Ga.) put together a strong second half for the Bulls as well, scoring all nine of her points after the break. McDonald and Williams would be the only two to score for the Bulls in the second half, as the Huskies shut down the rest of USF’s offense in the second half.
Williams and Alisia Jenkins (Statesboro, Ga.) led the Bulls with eight rebounds apiece, and Jenkins added six points along with a career-high five assists.
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