The Bulls, 5-2, continue their homestand as they host Chattanooga on Sunday (game begins at noon). The Mocs are 5-3 on the year (lost their last game 79 to 31 to Uconn). USF beat them last year on the road, 59 to 57, in a tough battle.
USF is averaging 79.1 PPG (allowing 64.4 PPG) and averaging 45.6 RPG (allowing 32.4 RPG). The Mocs are averaging 53.5 PPG on the other side (allowing 55.2 PPG) and 34.1 RPG (allowing 32.9 RPG). Chattanooga will try to slow the game down while the Bulls will look to run and continue to be aggressive on the offensive side of the ball.
The Mocs are led by junior forward Jasmine Joyner (6’2″) who is averaging 12.8 PPG (10 for 27 from 3-point range), 9.3 RPG, and has 37 blocks along with 8 steals. She had 6 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks and 3 steals in the game last year and will be a force in the paint Alisia Jenkins and company will have to handle. Sophomore guard Keiana Gilbert (5’11”) is averaging 11.4 PPG, 5.5 RPG, and has 2 blocks and 9 steals on the season. She had 11 points and 4 rebounds in the meeting last year. Senior guard Alicia Payne is averaging 5.5 PPG, 2.4 RPG, leads the team with 27 assists (18 turnovers) and has 13 steals. She had no points in the game last year, but did have 2 rebounds and a steal.
Chattanooga is a very good defensive team and slowed the USF offense down in the meeting last year. Williams, who is averaging 28 PPG, was held to 15 points and 8 rebounds last year. Alisia Jenkins had 10 points and 13 rebounds as both Williams and Jenkins were the only USF players to hit double digit point totals. The Mocs will attempt to do that again in this game as they look for the upset, but I think Williams and Jenkins will be the deciding factors once again in this game.