Bulls bounce back in big win

Courtney Williams finished the night with 24 points and six steals in the Bulls’ win at Houston. ORACLE FILE PHOTO/ADAM MATHIEU

After losing in a 42-point blowout to No. 2 UConn on Sunday, USF (15-4, 6-1) got back to its winning ways in Houston (6-12, 1-6), coming away with a 71-55 victory. 

The Bulls doubled their shooting percentage from the previous outing, going 30-for-57, cashing in on 52 percent of their shots. USF led by seven at the half, but pulled away early in the second half to make it a double-digit lead the rest of the way. 

Despite a poor performance shooting 3-pointers, going just 2-of-10, USF managed to hold the Cougars to just 36 percent from the field. The Bulls were able to force 17 turnovers on the night, limiting Houston’s presence down low throughout the game. 

Houston was blocked 10 times with six of those coming from junior forward Alisia Jenkins, who also had a double-double, scoring 19 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Jenkins was dominant in the paint, commanding the floor for 36 of the 40-minute contest.

Junior guard Courtney Williams continued her hot streak, coming away with 24 points, six rebounds, four assists, six steals and two blocks. Her numbers reflected the up-tempo, pass-savvy team USF came out and played like from start to finish Wednesday night. 

USF returns to the Sun Dome for its next game Sunday at 4 p.m. against Tulane. 

The Green Wave (15-3, 6-1) is undefeated on the road so far this season, winning all six of its previous match ups outside the Bayou. The Bulls have not lost a home game since Dec. 7 against St. John’s (14-4, 5-2), when they lost by three points.