USF (18-10, 8-7) at Georgetown (10-16, 3-12)
When: Tonight, 7:30
Where: McDonough Arena
TV/Radio: None, 570 AM
The story: The women’s basketball team enters the final game of the regular season holding its destiny in its hands. With a victory over Georgetown, the Bulls will capture the No. 7 seed in the Big East tournament.
The Bulls, however, might have to play their final road game without senior forward Ezria Parsons, who will be a game-time decision. Parsons took a rough fall against West Virginia on Saturday night, and while she wasn’t diagnosed with a concussion, she did suffer one when she was kicked in the head at St. John’s on Feb. 5.
Parsons, who averages 9.1 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, will probably be replaced by senior Sharon Cambridge.
Junior guard Jessica Dickson, who leads the nation in scoring with 22.7 points per game, shot her way out of a late-season slump with a game-high 24 points against the Mountaineers. Dickson was 10-for-19 from the field, including 4-for-9 from three-point range.
A victory over the Hoyas will give the Bulls 19 wins, which Fernandez believes is enough to get them into the NCAA tournament.
“If we have 19 wins, our RPI is in the top 35 in the country, and we are 9-7 in conference play; I don’t see how they can’t take us,” Fernandez said. “Whether we win our first game in the conference tournament, I don’t know how they can shy away from us with a 19-11 record.”
Keep an eye on: Georgetown sophomore forward Marlow Kieraah. Cambridge and Miller must contain Kieraah – who leads the Hoyas in scoring at 16.6 points per game – in the low post for the Bulls to be successful. Kieraah is second on the team in rebounding with 8.1 per game.
– Charles Gonzalez