Coming off a four-point loss to No. 9 Kentucky in the Paradise Jam Tournament, USF (5-2) will return home to host Stetson tonight.
The Hatters have compiled a 5-1 record by defeating opponents by an average of 17 points. The team’s only loss, a 54-point blowout against No. 13 Baylor, is the only blemish on an otherwise perfect start to the season for Stetson.
Sophomore guard Brianti Saunders leads the Hatters with 17.2 points per game on 50.7 percent shooting. She has led the team in scoring in every game this season except for the season opener against Bethune-Cookman.
USF has benefitted from the exceptional play of a guard of its own. Junior guard Courtney Williams is averaging 19.7 points and 7.7 rebounds per game for the Bulls and will most likely be the go-to weapon on offense, as she has taken 37 percent of the team’s shots this season.
Another key contributor for the Bulls has been forward Alisia Jenkins. The junior has averaged 13.4 points and 9.7 rebounds per game while leading the team with a 62.1 shooting percentage.
Beside Williams and Jenkins, the Bulls have a significant drop off in players they rely on heavily. The two average at least eight more minutes per game than every other player and only one other player, Laura Ferreira, has started every game this season.
For the Bulls, a win tonight could push the team back into the top 25 in the nation. USF came into this week receiving votes for the top 25, but fell just short of the final spot.
USF matches up against Stetson at 7 p.m. in the Sun Dome.