The Bulls, 6-2, are back home after having their road game in Colorado snowed out. They are now hosting 8-0 Oklahoma State (game begins at 2 PM) as Coach Fernandez’s squad looks to remain undefeated at home.
USF enters the game averaging 76.9 PPG (allowing 62.2 PPG) and 46.1 RPG (allowing 32 RPG). The Cowboys are averaging 77.6 PPG (allowing just 56.1 PPG) and 49.1 RPG (allowing 32 RPG). Oklahoma State won back in 2013, 75 to 56, but things have changed since then.
OSU is led by senior guard Brittney Martin (6′) who is averaging 23.8 PPG, 11.3 RPG, and has 23 steals along with 12 blocks. She had 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 steals in the meeting two years ago and is still their big time scoring threat. Sophomore center Kaylee Jensen (6’4″) is averaging 16.4 PPG, 8.3 RPG and has 7 steals and 9 blocks. Joining her in the paint is sophomore forward/center Manday Coleman (6’3″) who is averaging 7.3 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 2.5 APG, and has 9 steals and 7 blocks. With Jensen, the Bulls will be facing a big front court in OSU. Alisia Jenkins, Laura Ferreira, and Katelyn Weber will have to battle in the paint to gain the rebounding edge in this game.
As I said, a lot has changed since 2013. Courtney Williams had 18 points and 5 rebounds in the first meeting, but that was off the bench (we know where she stands now). Alisia Jenkins had just 3 points and 7 rebounds in that first game and now she is the all rebounding leader for the Bulls. For USF to win this game, the star players have to shine and take control. While OSU is only receiving votes at the moment, they are a tough team that is dominating early and doing with their size. Teams with height have troubled USF in the past and they need to find a way to overcome that in this game.