The season looked promising in the beginning of December for the USF women’s basketball team.
The Bulls were 4-2 after beating Jacksonville and entered a game against Florida State Dec. 7 with Jen Kline and Valerie de Velasco returning from injuries, finally giving USF a full squad.
But that Florida State game started the downward spiral for the Bulls (5-16, 0-8). They dropped the game against FSU after leading by 10 in the second half and have since amassed just one win in their last 14 games.
The last two losses came this weekend against Memphis, 76-53 Friday, and Saint Louis, 81-73 Sunday. The losses keep the Bulls winless in Conference USA play, winless on the road and extended their losing streak to 10 games.
It’s been two months since the Bulls have tasted victory, but not all the losses have been blowouts. USF has dropped seven games by nine points or less, as the Bulls can’t seem to put it all together at the right time.
USF has six games remaining on its schedule. The positive is that the Bulls face three of the worst teams in the conference (East Carolina, Houston, TCU). The negative is that two of the other three are against the league’s best (Tulane, Charlotte).
Before this weekend’s games, USF coach Jose Fernandez said the Bulls would need to win at least half of their remaining games to have a chance at making the conference tournament.
Now, the Bulls need four wins, especially those games against the bottom three teams in the conference, and must get some help if they plan on going back to Memphis for the conference tournament.
USF returns home Friday to face Tulane and Sunday to play Southern Miss in the Sun Dome.