TAMPA (Dec. 30, 2013) – The Bulls look to break into the American Athletic Conference win column 3 p.m. (ET) Tuesday when they face Houston at Hofheinz Pavilion in Texas.
USF (5-7, 0-1) dropped a 66-53 decision against Rutgers in its American opener Saturday night at the Sun Dome. Freshman Ariadna Pujol made The American’s weekly honor roll after scoring 17 points against the Scarlet Knights in the Bulls’ fourth consecutive loss.
Houston (4-8, 0-1) started league play in strong fashion but couldn’t hold onto the lead in the second half of a 67-59 home loss to UCF on Saturday afternoon. Wade Scott made his debut as Cougars interim head coach while senior forward Te’onna Campbell recorded her second straight double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Campbell (11.9 ppg) and sophomore forward Amerson Marche’ (10.8 ppg) lead Houston in scoring while the Cougars are putting up 60.5 points per game. Houston’s strength can be seen on the other end of the floor as the Cougars are giving up just 61.4 points per game while forcing an average of 17.7 turnovers.
Getting solid production at the point guard position will be crucial for USF, which has used a number of players at the position this season. USF’s starting point guards have posted a 2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio in victories and a 0.59 ratio in losses.
USF is 7-6 in its all-time series with Houston after falling to the Cougars, 65-45, in the programs’ last meeting on Jan. 16, 2005 in Texas.
The Bulls will conclude their two-game road trip 4:30 p.m. (ET) Saturday at SMU before returning to the Sun Dome to host Temple on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. Purchase tickets HERE.