The Bulls, 7-3 on the year, are looking to cap off their home stand with a game against Northern Colorado (game begins at 7 PM). The Bears are 6-3 on the year and will prove to be a tough test for the Bulls in this game.
Northern Colorado is led by senior center/forward Stephanie Lee (6’1″) who leads the team with 16.4 PPG, 4.3 RPG and has 10 steals and 28 blocks on the year. She is active scorer and tough defender in the paint that will challenge Alisia Jenkins and crew in the paint. Senior guard D’Shara Strange (5’10”) is averaging 13.1 PPG, 6.9 RPG and has 28 steals. She will be a tough challenge for Courtney Williams in the backcourt. Junior guard Kyleight Hiser (5’9″) is averaging 7.4 PPG, 2.7 RPG and has 7 steals on the year (they go with a multiple guard lineup for the game). Junior freshman Amber Van Deudekom (5’11”) is averaging 5 PPG, 2.7 RPG and has 7 steals on the year. Senior guard Lindsay Mallon (6′) is averaging 3.5 PPG, 3.8 APG, and has 7 steals. She is the key to their offense and sets up everything for Lee and company. A player to watch off the bench is sophomore forward Kourtney Zadina (6’2″) who is averaging 7.6 PPG, 2.9 RPG and has 6 steals on the year. She gives the Bears size and scoring off the bench, something Coach Fernandez and crew will have to watch out for.
Northern Colorado is a solid team that has a lot of shooting ability and size inside the paint. For USF to be successful in this game, they will need their stars to rise up and take over. Courtney Williams was quiet in the last win, something she can’t do again in this game. Look for Alisia Jenkins and Williams to take over in this game and hopefully lead the Bulls to a strong win. A win here to end the home stand would be huge before hitting the road on Sunday.