The Bulls continue their home stand as they look to improve on their 6-2 record, but it won’t be easy. USF will take on St. John’s in an old Big East rematch. The Red Storm is 6-0 on the year and last beat the Bulls back in 2013 by a score of 65 to 59. USF would love to return the favor after a year since facing their old conference foe (game begins at 2 PM).
The Red Storm is led by junior guard Danaejah Grant (5’9″) who is averaging 20.7 PPG, 5.8 RPG and has 11 assists on the year. Junior guard Aliyyah Handford (5’9″) is averaging 17.7 PPG, 6.7 RPG and has 15 assists (19 turnovers) and 17 steals on the year. She scored 16 points and 9 rebounds in the game back in 2013. Sophomore forward Jade Walker (6’1″) is averaging 8.5 PPG, 6.3 RPG nad has 5 blocks on the year. She will be a tough opponent in the paint on both ends. Sophomore guard Aaliyah Lewis (5’5″) is averaging 6.8 PPG, 2.3 RPG, has 25 assists (9 turnovers) and has 10 steals. She is a skilled point guard that has to be slowed down in the game. Rounding out the St. Johns team is senior forward Amber Thompson (6’2″) who is averaging 5.7 PPG, 13 RPG and has 17 blocks on the year (had 3 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 blocks in the 2013 game). She is a big time shot blocker and will be tough to drive and rebound against on both ends of the court.
This is going to be a very tough game for the Bulls. In the first meeting back in 2013, Courtney Williams (then a freshman) had 10 points and and 4 rebounds coming off of the bench. Alisia Jenkins (a freshman as well) had 17 points, 14 rebounds and 4 steals in the losing effort. Now both of them, with 2 more years of experience, will have to become the leaders in this game if the Bulls want to defend home court and knock off a very good St. Johns team. This is going to be a very hard fought game that could go down to the wire.