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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL GAME TIME

Stetson (1-3) at USF (2-2)When: Tonight, 7Where: USF Sun DomeTV/Radio: 1010 AM

The USF women’s basketball team will be looking to get another win before the Thanksgiving break when it takes on the University of Stetson Hatters tonight at the Sun Dome.

The Bulls (2-2) are coming off of Sunday’s 25-point loss to the Illinois State Redbirds in the finals of the USF Best Western Roundball Classic. The Hatters (1-3) are coming off of a loss of their own – a 51-41 decision against Coastal Carolina.

The Bulls, despite the shaky start to their season, have seen some bright spots.

Junior Jessica Lawson, who has started all four games for USF at center, is leading the team with 13.7 points per game (ppg) and is second on the team with 6.3 rebounds per game. Junior guard Shantia Grace is second on the team in scoring with 13.3 ppg.

If the Bulls hope to right the ship, a victory tonight against Stetson would help. The Bulls lost only two games all of last season by at least 25 points, but this season’s two losses have been by 37 and 25 points. Also, USF has had more than 20 turnovers in each of their first four games. Last year, USF turned the ball over 20-plus times once – in a 25-turnover outing against the University of Jacksonville.

“Taking care of the ball was something we’ve normally done really well here,” coach Jose Fernandez said. “It’s a mixture of things. It’s a mixture of inexperience, different lineups, a new point guard. Whatever it is, it’s something that we definitely can’t do once we get into Big East conference play.”

The Bulls players, as well as Fernandez, think that a win is important going into the Thanksgiving break.

“I think it would be good for us,” Fernandez said. “The problems we have, we can’t fix with one practice. We’ve played a game, had one practice. Played another game, had one practice. Played two games, had one practice. Having those five or six days off will really help us work on our problems.”