The Bulls, 2-1, fell 66 to 63 to the 5th ranked Bears in Waco, Texas last night, coming up just short of a huge upset bid. The 19th ranked Bulls were down 34 to 28 at the half, but battled back in the second half.
USF shot 31% for the game while the Bears shot 45%. USF had 37 rebounds and committed just 11 turnovers, compared to 15 for Baylor. USF was able to rally late thanks to tough defense and key three point shooting, but it just wasn’t enough to pull off the huge upset, but the ladies should not feel bad. Baylor has only lost 2 times in 5 years at home, so coming that close is something they can build off of moving forward.
Courtney Williams led the way with 23 points (10 for 28 shooting), 4 rebounds, and 3 steals. Alisia Jenkins had 9 points, 14 rebounds, and 3 steals. With her 14 rebounds, she went over 1000 in her career. Laura Ferreira had 14 points and 3 steals. Shalethia Stringfield had 5 points and 7 assists (4 turnovers). Kitija Laksa had 6 points on 2 for 11 shooting from the field.
This loss was tough, but the Bulls again showed they can battle the elite programs of the NCAA because they themselves have become one. USF will now return home to face Butler on Wednesday night (game begins at 7 PM) in the Sun Dome.