WOMEN’S BASKETBALL GAME TIME

USF (20-11) at Coppin St. (25-7)When: Tonight, 7Where: Sun DomeTV/Radio: None, 860 AMTickets: Students, $4; General Admission, $11

A week after the women’s basketball team saw its NCAA Tournament hopes dashed, the Bulls are back in action tonight as they host Coppin State in second-round action of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.

USF has drawn a berth in the WNIT Tournament for the third time in four seasons and has gone 1-2 in tournament play. Their lone win came two seasons ago over Florida in the opening round of the tournament.

With a Rating Percentage Index of 32 nationally, the Bulls own the highest RPI of the 48 teams in the NIT field, which allowed the Bulls to earn a first-round bye.

The Bulls’ two biggest victories of the season came over then-No. 15 Louisville and Notre Dame – both at the Sun Dome. USF has gone 14-2 at home this season.

USF is led by senior Jessica Dickson, who was selected to the All-Big East Conference First Team after leading the Bulls with 19.7 points per game en route to becoming the school’s all-time leading scorer – male or female.

Coppin State advanced after defeating the St. Joseph’s Hawks 67-52 in their tournament opener. The victory was the first postseason win in the Eagles’ history.

The two teams have three mutual opponents: West Virginia, Saint Joseph’s and Seton Hall. The Bulls went 3-1 (with a loss to West Virginia) and defeated St. Joseph’s 80-76. Coppin State has gone 1-2 including the victory over the Hawks on Thursday.

Coppin State, located in Baltimore, captured the regular-season Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship, but fell 69-67 in overtime to Morgan State during conference tournament play and eliminated the Eagles from NCAA Tournament contention.

Before the loss to Morgan State, the Eagles had won 49 straight conference games and were one of seven teams to finish the regular season undefeated in conference play.

Entering tonight’s game, the Bulls are 11-12 against opponents from the MEAC.

Keep an eye on: Eagles guard Rashida Suber. The senior was named MEAC Player of the Year after leading Coppin State in scoring average with 18.8 points per game and 3.06 steals per game.

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