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Women’s basketball places first in preseason poll for fourth consecutive year

The Bulls received 10 of the 14 first-place votes in the AAC preseason coaches poll on Monday. USF ATHLETICS PHOTO

USF women’s basketball was selected to finish first in the AAC preseason coaches poll for the fourth straight year on Monday.

The Bulls totaled 166 points and 10 out of 14 first-place votes on the coaches poll. East Carolina was picked to finish second with 159 points and the remaining four first-place votes.

Additionally, junior guard Sammie Puisis was named to the preseason all-conference first-team.

Puisis averaged 15.5 points and 4.1 rebounds per game last season. She also made 109 three-point field goals, which was the third most in a single season in program history and fifth all-time in the American conference. 

Puisis’ average of 3.21 three-point field goals per game last season ranked fifth in the country during the 2022-23 season.

Last season, South Florida had a 27-7 overall record and was 15-1 in conference play. It made its ninth appearance in the NCAA Tournament, which marked its eighth in the last 11 years.