The Bulls return home with a record of 5-2 after a strong showing over the weekend in the Paradise Jam tournament. They will be hosting Stetson who is off to a strong start this year at 5-1. USF beat the Hatters last year 72 to 68 in a close battle during the regular season and again in the WNIT. Expect another tough battle between the two programs again (game begins at 7 PM).
Stetson is led by sophomore guard Brianti Saunders (5’4″) who is averaging 17.2 PPG, 6.3 RPG and has 7 steals on the year. She scored 22 points and 4 rebounds last year in regular season game. She had 16 points and 7 rebounds in the WNIT matchup She will be key in this game to shut her down. Senior guard Myeisha Hall (5’8″) is averaging 10.7 PPG, 4.5 RPG and has 6 steals on the year, giving Stetson another tall guard in the backcourt to contend with. She had 6 points and 7 rebounds in the WNIT game last year. Senior guard Jama Sharp (5’7″) is averaging 13.5 PPG, 4.3 RPG, and has 33 assists (16 turnovers) and 18 steals. She is a fast point guard that will be a key to shut down in this game. She had 12 points and 6 rebounds in the game last year in the first meeting and scored 9 points in the WNIT game. Sophomore forward/center Amber Porter is averaging 12 PPG, 9 RPG and leads the team with 14 blocks. She had 8 points in the game last year with 6 blocks. She is a big time shot-blocker in the paint and will be a tough match up for the Bulls in the paint (had 8 points in the WNIT game). Senior guard CJ Coodington (5’10”) is averaging 5.7 PPG, 6.5 RPG and has 6 steals on the year (had 4 points in the WNIT game).
Stetson is a very good team with 4 returning starters from last year’s squad. The Hatters played USF tough during the first meeting in the regular season. Courtney Williams took over from the bench scoring 22 points and adding 10 rebounds. Shalethia Stringfield added 8 points and 7 while others were taken out of their games in the matchup. During the WNIT, USF took more command during the game. Ariadna Pujol and Williams both scored in double digits, but it won’t as easy in this game. USF will have to dig deep in this game with what could be a limited bench with starters Katelyn Weber, Laura Marcos Canedo and Maria Jespersen all dealing with injuries that could limit the minutes they can go in this game (per Joey Knight). Coach Fernandez and his team will have to dig deep for this game tonight.