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NCAA Match-up: Bulls Face Mizzou

March 16, 2017
By  USF

Matchup: No. 11 USF (24-8) vs. No. 6 Missouri (21-10)
Date:
Friday, March 17
Time:
5:15 p.m.
Location: 
Tallahassee, Fla. | David L. Tucker Civic Center
TV: 
ESPN2 (Melissa Lee, Angel Gray)
Radio: 
AM 1040 (Mike Lefko)
Tournament: NCAA Tournament
Tickets: Purchase Here | Fan Bus
Follow: Listen | Stats | Twitter

TAMPA, MARCH 16, 2017 – The University of South Florida women’s basketball team is dancing for the third consecutive season. The Bulls, who will play just a few hours north of Tampa in Tallahassee, earned a No. 11 seed in the NCAA tournament and will face No. 6-seed Missouri on Friday at 5:15 p.m.

USF (24-8) is making its fifth NCAA Tournament appearance in school history, and its fourth in five years under head coach Jose Fernandez. Since his arrival in 2000, Fernandez has led the Bulls to 13 postseasons and a 3-4 record in the NCAA Tournament. 

Fan Info

Fans can purchase tickets for $15.00 and the ticket is valid for both games played on Friday. All tickets will be available for pick up on game day at the USF team will call. To purchase a ticket, click here, or call 1-800-Go-Bulls.

A fan bus is available to transport from Tampa to Tallahassee. The bus ticket is $40 and does not included a game ticket. The bus will have a restroom, free Wi-Fi, and outlets to charge your devices. To purchase a fan bus ticket, click here.

Donald L. Tucker Civic Center has a clear bag policy for the basketball arena. 

The Opponent

Missouri (21-10, 11-5 SEC) clinched back-to-back NCAA tournament berths and its No. 6 seed is the highest in program history. The Tigers have won 10 of their last 13 games and have notable victories over South Carolina, Texas A&M and Kentucky in SEC action. Sophomore Sophie Cunningham leads the Tigers with 17.7 points per game. Classmate Cierra Porter grabs a team best 8.0 rebounds per game and adds 13.3 points per game.

Missouri lost in its first SEC tournmanet game, 62-48, to Texas A&M but finished third in the SEC regular season with an 11-5 league record.

Notables

·      Sophomore Kitija Laksa (Riga, Latvia) is quickly approaching 1,000 points and could become just the second player in program history to reach the feat as a sophomore. Laksa sits at 971 career points entering the NCAA Tournament. The sharp-shooter's single season total lies at 615, which is the new sophomore season record.

·      According to the NCAA, Laksa is one of the top-10 scorers in the NCAA tournament. Laksa averages 19.2 points per game and is one of four sophomores on the list. Kristine Anigwe (Cal), Katie Lou Samuelson (UConn) and Napheesa Collier (UConn) all rank in the top-10.

·      At The American tournament, junior point guard Laia Flores (Mataro, Spain) set the single-season assist total with 192 this season. With eight more assists, she would become the first player in program history to record 200 assists in a season. Her 384 career assists is already fifth in program history.

·      Last season, Courtney Williams (’16), scored 31 points in the Bulls' 48-45 first round victory, accounting for 65 percent of her teams points, setting a new NCAA tournament record.

·      The Bulls are making their fourth tournament appearance in the last five seasons and the program’s fifth overall trip. This is the third consecutive year USF will make an NCAA appearance.

·      USF will play in the 6/11 match-up for the third consecutive year, and are 2-0 in both first round appearances. The Bulls were seeded sixth the last two seasons and defeated 11-seed Colorado State, 48-45, in 2016 and LSU 73-64 in 2015.

·      USF has been as high as a six-seed and as low as an 11-seed in the NCAA tournament. The Bulls were a nine seed in their first ever NCAA appearance in 2006 and a 10 seed in 2013.

·      Head coach Jose Fernandez reached 300 career wins Jan. 17. Only three active coaches in the American Athletic Conference have achieved the feat.

·      USF is the only team in NCAA Division I with nine international players on its roster.

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USF has notched its fifth consecutive 20-win season. The Bulls tallied its 20th win in their 24th contest of the season which tied the fastest any program has reached 20 wins. This is the eighth 20-win season in program history and head coach Jose Fernandez has been at the helm for all eight 20-win seasons. The 2014-15 team reached 20 wins in 24 games, and still currently holds the best record for most wins in a season (27). 

USF has made 13 postseason tournament appearances and had five NCAA Tournament berths in Head Coach Jose Fernandez’s 17 seasons. The all-time winningest coach in program history, Fernandez has guided USF to eight 20-win seasons, two WNIT final four appearances, the 2009 WNIT championship and won more than 300 games.

 

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