Bulls win in blowout on the road
Published: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 00:03
In the last regular season game for both teams, the USF women’s basketball team squared off against Georgetown in Washington D.C.
With a blowout loss fresh on the minds of the USF squad, the Bulls were motivated to end the season on a strong note, as they did with a 63-35 win over the Hoyas.
The defense which USF (20-9, 9-7) lacked in its last performance against UConn made a turnaround against Georgetown (14-15, 5-11) as it held the Hoyas to merely 8 first-half points and only 35 total points.
Georgetown’s struggles came mostly from its inability to keep hold of the ball and its low shooting percentages, turning the ball over 23 times and shooting under 20 percent from the field and beyond the arch.
Senior guard Sugar Rodgers led the charge for Georgetown, but the second highest scorer only recorded five points.
USF out-rebounded Georgetown by 17, which stopped the Hoyas from getting second chance points. The Bulls also capitalized on their strong defensive performance by putting up 63 points in the winning effort.
Freshman guard Courtney Williams was a large part of the USF victory, contributing 18 points. Senior guard Andrell Smith also had a strong performance with 16 points.
USF Coach Jose Fernandez spoke earlier this week about how essential a victory against the Hoyas was for USF’s potential entrance to the NCAA tournament.
The Bulls’ victory ensured the team finished the season with a winning record in conference play and a 20-win season. This was USF’s first 20-win season since 2006-07.
The Big East tournament begins March 8.