Dani Antonucci

Bulls Tune Up for Conference Play Saturday

December 20, 2013

WHO: USF (5-5) at College of Charleston (5-4)
WHEN: Saturday at noon
WHERE: TD Arena, Charleston, S.C.
RADIO: 1010-AM, BullsCast



USF Senior Writer

TAMPA (Dec. 20, 2013) – One game remains in USF’s non-conference season and the Bulls are determined to pick up some momentum on the road.

Head coach Jose Fernandez’s squad tunes up for American Athletic Conference play Saturday at noon against College of Charleston at TD Arena. USF is 2-0 in its all-time series with the Cougars after winning the last meeting, 71-55, on Feb. 28, 1991 in Charleston, S.C.

USF (5-5) is looking to snap a two-game losing streak after dropping a 68-62 decision against Middle Tennessee State at the Sun Dome on Wednesday night. Tamara Taylor posted a career-high 22 points and freshman Katelyn Weber added a career-high 12 points, but USF committed 17 turnovers and couldn’t come up with the stops they needed down the stretch.   

“I think with this team we have a lot of pieces and the cohesiveness hasn’t hit yet,” Fernandez said. “I think we definitely have talent in this program to win basketball games. It comes down to us executing, playing together and us doing the right things on the floor.”

College of Charleston (5-4) defeated Coastal Carolina, 80-62, on Wednesday night with a former Bull leading the way. Head coach Natasha Adair (formerly Barnes) led the Bulls in rebounding during the 1993-94 season and graduated from USF with a degree in communications in 1994.

Adair said facing off against the Bulls will be “special” but her main focus will be on helping the Cougars win for the third time in four games this month.

“Coach Fernandez does a great job with his program and I’m happy we have the opportunity to play here at TD Arena,” Adair said in a team release. “I had a wonderful experience at South Florida and carry many fond memories with me to this day. However, for 40 minutes on Saturday it’s all about winning a basketball game.”

USF will start American Athletic Conference play Saturday, Dec. 28 at home against Rutgers. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at the Sun Dome and fans can purchase tickets HERE

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