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Women’s basketball team ready for regular season

It was just a little extra practice for the women’s basketball team.

The Bulls made the most of its last exhibition game of their season Sunday by dominating the Miami Suns 84-42 and getting valuable playing time out of every player.

“I was happy we were able to play everybody and get everybody significant minutes and have it be injury-free,” coach Jose Fernandez said.

After the Suns tied the game at 12-12, the Bulls finished the first half with a 24-9 run. USF picked up where it left off in the second half, holding the Suns to 9-for-30 from the floor.

For the game, the Bulls shot 45.9 percent from the field, and their defense forced the Suns into 28 turnovers.

Jessica Dickson had 34 points to lead the way for the Bulls, and Ezria Parsons pulled down 11 rebounds and helped USF to a 48-33 advantage in that category.

The Bulls never trailed the Suns in the game and have outscored their two opponents – EA Sports and Miami Suns – in exhibition games 180-107.

After those games and the endless amount of scrimmages in the past week, Fernandez is ready to start the regular season, which begins Saturday against Texas-Arlington at the Image Depot Shootout at the Sun Dome.

“They are ready; we are ready; we’re tired of looking at each other,” Fernandez said. “But I think playing all these games in such a short amount of time will be good for us.”