Despite missing one of the AAC’s most prolific rebounders, the Bulls have managed to rise to the occasion.
USF (13-5, 6-2) is riding high after a 39-point blowout of rival Central Florida. The win extended USF’s unblemished mark against UCF, which has stood since December 10, 1980.
Wednesday, the 20th-ranked Bulls host a Houston (4-14,0-7) squad that is looking to win its first conference game, a tall task at the Sun Dome, where the Bulls are 10-1 this season. Their only defeat came at the hands of UConn, who is undefeated this season and has not lost since November of 2014.
The absence of USF’s all-time leading rebounder, senior forward Alicia Jenkins, has forced Bulls like freshman sensation Kitjia Laksa to develop larger, more impactful roles on the team.
The Latvian forward was named the American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Week Monday, just two weeks after being named USBWA National Freshman of the Week.
Tip-off is at 7p.m.