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  1. Quite a lot of information, thought worth being sure Bulls fans have seen: This Week in USF Athletics July 24, 2017 By TOM ZEBOLD USF Senior Writer TAMPA, JULY 24, 2017 – Take a look ahead at the week in USF Athletics and catch up on last week's action: Football This Week: Head coach Charlie Strong's first fall camp with the Bulls begins with five practices this week, starting Monday afternoon on campus. Last Week: USF was chosen as a heavy favorite to win the American Athletic Conference after receiving 26 votes in the league's preseason media poll… Quarterback Quinton Flowers became the first Bull named to four preseason national award watch lists (Walter Camp Player of the Year, Maxwell, Davey O'Brien, Johnny Unitas)… Senior linebacker Auggie Sanchez earned a spot on the Wuerffel Trophy Watch List, while senior running back D'Ernest Johnson is in consideration for the Paul Hornung Award for the second straight season. Need to Know: In addition to season ticket packages, new group and flex ticket plans are available for upcoming 2017 season. Fans can purchase flex plans starting at $75. This will enable fans to pick their choice of any three home games and upgrade to premier seating for only $150. Group tickets are also available and any group of 15 or more people can qualify for the special discounted rates. Sideline group seating is available as well. Make purchases at USFBullsTix.com or by calling 1-800-Go-Bulls. Follow the Bulls: Stay updated on USF Football on Twitter HERE and on Facebook HERE. Athletics Need to Know: Pursuing a goal of excellence in the classroom, in competition and in the community, USF Athletics reached new heights with a program record of 5,025 community service hours logged by student-athletes and staff during the 2016-17 school year. Follow the Bulls: Stay up to date with the program by following @USFAthletics on Twitter. Volleyball Last Week: USF announced its 2017 schedule that features 32 matches against teams from 11 different conferences, including the Big Ten and SEC, with 15 matches set to be played in Tampa. Learn more HERE. Follow the Bulls: Get all the important team updates on Twitter @USFVolleyball. Cross Country Last Week: Five in-state meets, including the annual USF Invitational, will be featured on the Bulls' 2017 cross country schedule. Follow the Bulls: Stay updated on head coach Dena Reif's squads throughout the season on Twitter @USFXCTF. Men's Basketball Last Week: The Tampa Bulls, a team made up of former USF players, made it all the way to The Basketball Tournament regional semifinals. Find out more about the team HERE. Follow the Bulls: Stay updated on the team by following the Bulls on Twitter @USFMBB. Baseball Last Week: Find out how current Bulls are faring by checking out the latest USF Baseball Summer League Update. Follow the Bulls: Stay updated on the Bulls on Twitter @USFBaseball. Women's Golf Need to Know: Head coach Tiffany Prats has announced the 2017-18 schedule that features constant tests against top national programs during 11 regular season tournaments. Follow the Bulls: Stay updated throughout the season by following the team on Twitter @USFWGolf. Men's Soccer Need to Know: New head coach Bob Butehorn and his staff have scheduled a full slate of summer camps for several different age groups. USF Soccer Camps will run through July 27. Learn more HERE. Follow the Bulls: Stay updated on the Bulls by following the team on Twitter @USFMSoc. Women's Soccer Need to Know: USF's slate of summer camps runs through July 27. Get session info and register today at the camp website HERE. Follow the Bulls: Keep up with the Bulls by following the team on Twitter @USFWSoc.
  2. Creme's preseason top 25

    20. South Florida Bulls Coach Jose Fernandez returns nearly his entire core, and the Bulls are loaded with experience. That includes Laura Ferreira, who averaged nearly 10 points per game in 2015-16, only to miss most of last season with foot problems. Kitija Laksa and Maria Jespersen remain the primary offensive weapons. http://www.espn.com/womens-college-basketball/story/_/id/19173331/connecticut-huskies-back-top-way-too-early-top-25-2017-18 Does anyone know whether Laura is healthy enough to play considerable minutes this season? Looking forward to seeing the official release on the OOC schedule: Joey Knight‏ @TBTimes_Bulls Jul 7 Hearing the @USFWBB sked could be released today. Also hear it includes chance for some BIG-TIME matchups in early-season tourney play.
  3. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com WEB LINK: http://bit.ly/2t14kGL FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: July 11, 2017 Follow @USFAthletics On Twitter Like USF Athletics on Facebook Women’s Basketball Honored for Academic Excellence USF women's basketball recognized by The American for academic excellence. TAMPA, JULY 11, 2017 – The University of South Florida women’s basketball team was presented with the American Athletic Conference Academic Excellence Award for its sport, the league’s commissioner Mike Aresco announced Tuesday. In each of the 21 sports sponsored by The American, an Academic Excellence Award is given to the team with the highest collective grade-point average during the 2016-17 year. The selections were made by the conference’s Academic Affairs Committee. The winners were chosen based on the grade-point average of each student-athlete who appeared on an institution’s roster as of the last contest of the championship segment in each conference-sponsored sport. The Bulls boasted a 24-9 record last season, and their fourth trip to the NCAA Tournament in the last five years. USF made its third consecutive trip to the league’s championship game and finished with an 11-5 conference record.
  4. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com WEB LINK: http://bit.ly/2tQIDrQ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: July 6, 2017 Follow @USFAthletics On Twitter Like USF Athletics on Facebook Pujol, Stringfield Sign Pro Contracts Two former Bulls, Pujol (’17) and Stringfield (’16) signed contracts to play overseas. TAMPA, JULY 6, 2017 – Two University of South Florida alums, Ariadna Pujol (’17) and Shalethia Stringfield (’16), have signed professional basketball contracts to play overseas in the fall of 2017. The pair played integral roles in the Bulls’ historic stretch from 2012-2017, when they made five consecutive postseason appearances. Pujol will return to her home country of Spain to play for CADI La Seu D'Urgell, based in Seu D’Urgell, which is just over two hours from her hometown of Mataro, Spain. Stringfield signed with TVSAARLOUIS Royals in Saarlouis, Germany. Pujol is coming off her best season as a Bull, when she averaged 12.4 points per game, second on the team, and 6.2 rebounds. The guard was a member of the American Athletic Conference All-Freshman team and during her senior season landed on the Junkanoo Jam All-Tournament team. Pujol graduated in May with a degree in Psychology. Pujol and the class of 2017 became just the second group of graduates to make four postseason appearances, three NCAA trips. “I'm really excited to start my next chapter with CADI La Seu D’Urgell because it's relatively close home,” said Pujol. “Well, everything is close to home after a nine-hour flight from Tampa to Barcelona. My team is a young team, and has mostly national players. I know some of my teammates already because we played on the national team together years ago. I love this program because of the philosophy and I’m excited to start this adventure.” Stringfield remained in Tampa after her senior season to complete her second degree at USF in December. During her senior season, Stringfield led the Bulls back to the NCAA second round for back-to-back seasons. As a senior, Stringfield was named the league’s Sixth Player of the Year. She averaged 9.6 points per game and collected 126 assists. Stringfield will live in the USF career record books with 379 career assists, which rank fifth all-time. “I’m really excited to start my new journey in Germany,” said Stringfield. “I’ve had a chance to speak with my new coach, coach Paar and I’m optimistic about my role on the team. Coach Paar made me feel very welcome and that I’m already a part of the team. I can’t wait to meet my new teammates and start this next journey in my life. USF has prepared me to succeed, and I can’t wait to contribute to more success.”
  5. NEWS: The Bulls' single-game pairings include East Carolina, Houston and SMU at home. The team will play Memphis, Tulsa and Wichita State once each on the road. View the full article
  6. Hopefully John doesn't catch too much **** about "The Improved USF Men's Basketball Arena Club Experience". Personally, I think it's awesome. As we introduce our new Head Men’s Basketball coach, Brian Gregory, we also introduce a new and exciting way forward for the Arena Club. After surveying our fans, and in order to create the best game day experience possible, we are proud to share the many changes for the upcoming season. The Improved USF Men’s Basketball Arena Club Experience // All season tickets in the Arena Club will now include the all you can eat buffet each game. // Pre-game chalk talks from the MBB coaching staff, including Head Coach Brian Gregory, will make their return. // Plus, interactive games and fun theme nights will help make each game in the Arena Club an event you will remember. On your renewal account you will notice that the $8.00 per game charge for each seat covers the cost for the all you can eat buffet, which will include entrees, desserts, soft drinks, coffee and tea, as well as the amenities listed above. If you would like to hear more details, please reach out to your Bulls Club representative or click here. Click Here to find more information regarding your 2017-18 USF Basketball season ticket and see below for instructions on how you can renew your season ticket today. The basketball priority renewal deadline is Friday, June 30, 2017
  7. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com WEB LINK: http://bit.ly/2pdadPi FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: May 8, 2017 Follow @USFAthletics On Twitter Like USF Athletics on Facebook Henshaw Invited to National Team Trials The American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year, Tamara Henshaw, is invited to try out for team USA Women’s U19 World Cup Team. TAMPA, MAY 8, 2017 – Reigning American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year Tamara Henshaw has accepted an invitation to participate in the 2017 USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Cup Team trials May 18-21 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Invitations were issued by the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee. Henshaw (Palm Coast, Fla.) will join 32 other invitees in Colorado, all vying for a spot on the 12-member team. “Words cannot describe how excited I am for this opportunity,” said Henshaw. “It’s a great honor to be invited to trials and be a part of this great group of athletes.” Six-time defending U19 gold medalists, the United States will look to make it seven gold medals in a row at the July 22-30 event in Cividale del Friuli and Udine, Italy. “These athletes represent the top talent our country has to offer at this age level,” said George Washington University head coach Jennifer Rizzotti, chair of the selection committee. “This is a very versatile group that will give the coaching staff a lot of options. They are all tough competitors, and it is not going to be easy for us to pare it down to the final 12-member team. The committee feels we will be able to select from this group a team that will represent the USA well on and off the court, and these athletes have what it takes to win a seventh-straight gold medal at the FIBA U19 World Cup.” Of the 23 athletes who recently completed their freshman season in college, 18 earned conference honors, including Henshaw (American), Hittner (Missouri Valley) and Smith (Southeastern), who all were named 2017 Freshman of the Year in their respective leagues. Further, Hebard (Pacific-12), Hittner and Holmes (Big 12) earned all-conference first team honors. FIBA U19 World Cup for Women Originally known as the FIBA Junior World Championship, FIBA changed the names of its age-based world championships in 2005 to reflect the age of eligibility, and recently updated the names of all of its world championships to world cups. The tournament was held every four years starting in 1985. FIBA in 2005 modified its calendar and now conducts the U19 World Cup every other year. USA women's teams are 73-12 in U19/Junior World Cups, capturing a sixth-consecutive gold in 2015 with a 7-0 record. The draw to determine the preliminary round was held Feb. 1. The USA was placed in Group A and will open against Mali on July 22, face China on July 23 and cap the preliminary round against host Italy on July 25. Drawn into Group B were Egypt, Puerto Rico, Russia and Spain; Group C includes Canada, France, Latvia and South Korea; while Group D features Australia, Hungary, Japan and a nation from the Americas to be determined by FIBA at a later date. Brazil claimed bronze at the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship to qualify for this summer’s U19 tournament. However, the Brazil Basketball Federation has since been suspended by FIBA. Following the preliminary round, teams will be seeded according to group play, and all participating teams will advance to the July 26 round of 16. Winners will advance to the July 28 medal quarterfinals, while the remaining teams will continue playing out for classification. The medal semifinals will be held July 29, and the gold and bronze medal games are slated for July 30. Notable players to represent the USA at the FIBA U19 World Championship include: Alana Beard (2001), Essence Carson (2005), Tamika Catchings (1997), Bria Hartley (2011), Crystal Langhorne (2005), Jantel Lavender (2007), Lisa Leslie (1989), Rebecca Lobo (1993), Maya Moore (2007), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (2009), Vickie Orr (1985), Cappie Pondexter (2001), Katie Smith (1993), Dawn Staley (1989), Azurá Stevens (2015), Breanna Stewart (2011 and MVP of the 2013 U19 World Championship), Diana Taurasi (2001), Morgan Tuck (2011 and 2013) and A’ja Wilson (2013 and MVP of the 2015 U19 World Championship). USA Basketball Based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and chaired by retired Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men’s and women’s basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA-sponsored international competitions, as well as for some national competitions, and for the development of youth basketball initiatives that address player development, coach education and safety. Connect with USA Basketball on usab.com, facebook.com/usabasketball, twitter.com/usabasketball, instagram.com/usabasketball and youtube.com/therealusabasketball.
  8. Courtney Williams Ready, Eager for Next Step April 29, 2017 When the Sun acquired Courtney Williams midway through the 2016 season, fans in Connecticut certainly knew who she was. In college at USF, Williams made a name for herself after scoring multiple 20-point games against the Huskies in her career – one of just a handful of players to accomplish such a feat. Sun fans embraced Williams right from the start. “Right when I got here, they showed me so much love,” Williams said with a smile. “Even before the draft last year, I had Sun fans sending me messages saying how much they wanted me here. I definitely think my games against UConn left an impression.” Williams immediately flourished in Curt Miller’s system, especially toward the end of the 2016 season. Because of that, Sun coaches expect the trend to continue this year. That is to say, they’ll need her production and spark if they want to make noise in the East. “Courtney’s going to be big for us this season,” Curt Miller said. “She looks great in camp. She plays with so much energy on both ends of the floor, and really has a unique skill-set. “When she gets hot, she’s incredibly hard to guard.” After the momentum the Sun ended 2016 with, Williams felt more motivated than ever to make improvements in all facets of her game. She said in the WNBA, players have to “read” each possession/defense/offense to an enhanced level. Rather, you can’t just “run a play.” Essentially, Williams married herself to the game. “I wanted to work on everything,” Williams said with determination. “Extending my range, ball-handling and really just learning the game. It’s a different game than in college, and I think it just takes some time for rookies to get used to the speed and strength of the players. Not just myself, but I think all our rookies started to get a feel for the [professional] game late [last season] and it showed in our play.” More than anything, Williams wants to be dependable. That means being more consistent and producing on both ends of the floor each night. “I want the coaches to know if we need a bucket, they can depend on me to do that,” Williams said. “If we need a stop, I can do that, too. Whatever the team needs me to do on a given night, I’ll be that player for them.” That mindset and philosophy – combined with Williams’ hard work – makes her a coach’s dream. http://sun.wnba.com/news/courtney-williams/ UCONN WBB fans had some nice comments about her. https://the-boneyard.com/threads/a-little-courtney-williams-tease-from-the-sun.111332/
  9. She hasn't announce a destination, but she'd be a nice get if CJF could land her. It'll probably be Kentucky or Tennessee, though. She's from Elizabethtown. Erin Boley, a member of the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Girls Basketball First Team in 2016, will transfer from Notre Dame, Boley’s former AAU coach confirmed to Gannett partner The (Louisville) Courier-Journal on Monday. Boley has not yet announced where she will transfer to, but Kentucky Premier coach David Tapley said Monday that Boley’s options are “wide open.” Boley, a five-star recruit and the Gatorade National Player of the Year, had offers from schools including Louisville, Kentucky and Tennessee coming out of Elizabethtown (Ky.) High School. Louisville was a finalist alongside Notre Dame in Boley’s recruitment, but Atlantic Coast Conference transfer rules state that Boley would have to sit out a season and lose a season of eligibility if transferring within the conference. Louisville coach Jeff Walz told the Courier-Journal on Monday that the university has not been contacted by Notre Dame regarding Boley’s release. A Notre Dame athletics department spokesman confirmed Boley’s transfer but said he did not know details of her release. Boley, a 6-foot-2 forward, averaged 6.5 points and 2.8 rebounds as a freshman for the Fighting Irish. She started 10 games, including Notre Dame’s NCAA Tournament matchups against Ohio State and Stanford. http://usatodayhss.com/2017/former-all-usa-star-erin-boley-to-transfer-from-notre-dame-basketball 163SHARES SHARE TWEET
  10. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com WEB LINK: http://bit.ly/2pbdUE7 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: April 13, 2017 Follow @USFAthletics On Twitter Like USF Athletics on Facebook USF Announces Contract Extension for Fernandez Head women’s basketball coach contract extended through 2023 TAMPA, APRIL 13, 2017 – The University of South Florida women’s basketball team has become a mainstay in the national spotlight under the guidance of head coach Jose Fernandez. After a return trip to the NCAA Tournament for the third straight season and the fourth in five years, USF Director of Athletics Mark Harlan solidified the continued leadership of the program with a contract extension that will keep Fernandez at the helm through 2023. “What Jose has been able to build and sustain in the women’s basketball program at USF over the last 17 years is remarkable and a point of pride for all Bulls fans, ” Harlan said. “We are thrilled that he continues to lead a program that has established itself among the best in the nation and look forward to many more exciting seasons and achievements to come.” The University added two years to Fernandez’s current contract extending it to a six-year deal. Fernandez completed his 17th season with the Bulls in 2016-17 and became the third active coach in the American Athletic Conference to reach 300 career wins. Fernandez is the winningest coach in USF basketball history with a career record of 309-235. He has led USF to five consecutive 20-win seasons, eight in his tenure, and 13 postseason appearances. “I am so appreciative of President Genshaft and Athletic Director Mark Harlan,” Fernandez commented. “Their support of our women’s basketball program is remarkable. The city of Tampa and USF has been home to me and my family for the last 17 years and I am looking forward to continuing to lead this team. There is nowhere I would rather be than here, at this incredible institution and athletic department.” After arriving on campus in 2000, Fernandez transformed the program from three winning seasons in program history to a frequent member of the Top-25 polls. In the last three years, the Bulls have advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round twice and ranked as high as No. 15 nationally in both the AP and Coaches polls. Fernandez has led his teams to three American Athletic Conference championship games and coached back-to-back American Athletic Conference Freshmen of the Year. Fernandez has developed four All-America honorable mentions, including Courtney Williams who became the program’s first All-American in 2016. Williams was also the program’s highest draft pick in the WNBA draft, selected eighth by the Phoenix Mercury in the first round. Fernandez has coached four WNBA Draftees and several national team members from around the world. His eye for talent has also pulled in three five-star recruits in the last two years. Fernandez and the Bulls return a group of 10 veterans to the 2017-18 roster, including four starters from last year’s NCAA Tournament team. The upcoming senior class could be the first class in program history to make four appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
  11. SF W. Basketball‏Verified account @USFWBB 2h2 hours ago More USF W. Basketball‏Verified account @USFWBB 4h4 hours ago More Welcome to the USF family, Silvia! http://bit.ly/2ppFF8C
  12. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com WEB LINK: http://bit.ly/2opyNv9 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: April 2, 2017 Follow @USFAthletics On Twitter Like USF Athletics on Facebook Laksa Earns WBCA All-America Honorable Mention DALLAS, APRIL 2, 2017 – University of South Florida standout sophomore Kitija Laksa has rewritten the USF record books and on Saturday night, she added another title to an already impressive resume: All-America Honorable Mention. The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced its’ 10-member All-America team and the Wade Trophy winner at a press conference Saturday night in Dallas. A native of Riga, Latvia, Laksa becomes the fourth player in program history to receive All-America Honorable Mention and joins Courtney Williams (’16) as the only sophomores in program history to receive the honor. Williams became the Bulls’ first All-American last season, landing on the WBCA 10-memner All-America team. Laksa was one of five American Athletic Conference players to be nominated for WBCA All-America and Temple’s Feyonda Fitzgerald joins her as an Honorable Mention. UConn’s Napheesa Collier, Katie Lou Samuelson and Gabby Williams landed on the All-America team. Washington University senior Kelsey Plum headlined the team and was 2017 Wade Trophy winner. The prestigious Wade Trophy, regarded as "The Heisman of Women's Basketball," is presented annually to the NCAA Division I Player of the Year by the WBCA. Kalani Brown (Baylor), Kelsey Mitchell (Ohio State), Chantel Osahor (Washington), Alexis Peterson (Syracuse), Brianna Turner (Notre Dame) and A’ja Wilson (South Carolina) rounded out the WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches’ All-America team. Laksa has distinguished herself as one of the best offensive players in the country this season. Her lengthy list of honors includes becoming the second player in program history to be a unanimous All-Conference First Team selection which mirrors that of a four-year veteran. On the season, Laksa averaged a team-best 19.2 points per game, shooting .403 from the field, with 3.1 three-point field goals per game. Laksa has scored 20-plus points 13 times this season, while scoring in double digits in 31 of the Bulls’ 33 games. The sharp-shooter collected six 30-plus outings, bringing her career total to eight, which is second in the USF record books. Laksa set the new sophomore season points record with 634 points, surpassing Williams, who set the previous scoring record with 586 points. Laksa finished the season with 998 points in her career, just two points shy of becoming the 23rd member of USF’s 1,000-point club.
  13. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com WEB LINK: http://bit.ly/2myhRhv FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: March 16, 2017 Follow @USFAthletics On Twitter Like USF Athletics on Facebook NCAA Match-up: Bulls Face Mizzou TAMPA, MARCH 16, 2017 – The University of South Florida women’s basketball team is dancing for the third-consecutive season. The Bulls, who will play just a few hours north of Tampa in Tallahassee, earned a No. 11 seed in the NCAA Tournament and will face No. 6-seed Missouri on Friday at 5:15 p.m. USF (24-8) is making its fifth NCAA Tournament appearance in school history, and its fourth in five years under head coach Jose Ferndandez. Since his arrival in 2000, Fernandez has led the Bulls to 13 postseasons and a 3-4 record in the NCAA Tournament. Fan Info Fans can purchase tickets for $15.00 and the ticket is valid for both games played on Friday. All tickets will be available for pick up on game day at the USF team will call. To purchase a ticket, click here, or call 1-800-Go-Bulls. A Fan Bus is available to transport from Tampa to Tallahassee. The Bus ticket is $40 and does not included a game ticket. The bus will have a restroom, free Wi-Fi, and outlets to charge your devices. To purchase a fan bus ticket, click here. Donald L. Tucker Civic Center has a clear bag policy for the basketball arena. The Opponent Missouri (21-10, 11-5 SEC) clinched back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths and its No. 6 seed is the highest in program history. The Tigers have won 10 of their last 13 games and have notable victories over South Carolina, Texas A&M and Kentucky in SEC action. Sophomore Sophie Cunningham leads the Tigers with 17.7 points per game and classmate Cierra Porter grabs a team best 8.0 rebounds per game and adds 13.3 points per game. Missouri lost in their first SEC Tournmanet game, 62-48, to Texas A&M but finished third in the SEC regular season with an 11-5 league record. Notables Sophomore Kitija Laksa (Riga, Latvia) is quickly approaching 1,000 points and could become just the second player in program history to reach the feat as a sophomore. Laksa sits at 971 career points entering the NCAA Tournament. The sharp-shooter’s single season total lies at 615, which is the new sophomore season record. According to the NCAA, Laksa is one of the top-10 scorers in the NCAA Tournament. Laksa averages 19.2 points per game and is four sophomores on the list. Kristine Anigwe (Cal), Katie Lou Samuelson (UConn) and Napheesa Collier (UConn) all rank in the top-10. At The American tournament, junior point guardLaia Flores (Mataro, Spain) set the single season assist total with 192 assists this season. With eight more assists, she would become the first player in program history to record 200 assists in a season. Her 384 career assists is already fifth in program history. Last season, Courtney Williams (’16), scored 31 points in the Bulls 48-45 first round victory, accounting for 65 percent of her teams points, setting a new NCAA Tournament record. The Bulls are making their fourth tournament appearance in the last five seasons and the program’s fifth overall trip. This is the third consecutive year USF will make an NCAA appearance. USF will play in the 6/11 match-up for the third consecutive year, and are 2-0 in both first round appearances. The Bulls were seeded sixth the last two seasons and defeated 11-seed Colorado State 48-45 in 2016 and LSU 73-64 in 2015. USF has been as high as a six-seed and as low as an 11-seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Bulls were a nine-seed in their first ever NCAA appearance in 2006 and a 10-seed in 2013. Head coach Jose Fernandez reached 300 career wins Jan. 17. Only three active coaches in the American Athletic Conference have achieved the feat. USF is the only team in NCAA Division I with nine international players on its roster.
  14. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: March 12, 2017 Follow @USFAthletics On Twitter Like USF Athletics on Facebook Join USF Women’s Basketball on Selection Monday TAMPA, MARCH 12, 2017 – The University of South Florida women’s basketball team invites its fans to join the Bulls Monday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. for a viewing of the NCAA Tournament Selection Show inside the Sun Dome Arena Club. Fans can mingle with the student-athletes and coaching staff before settling in to see who the Bulls will face for the first and second rounds. Coach Fernandez will address the crowd after USF is selected and talk about potential match-ups in the tournament. Light refreshments will be available and Arena Club concessions will be open with more options. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and fans and media can enter through Gate C with no admission cost. The Bulls are fresh off its third consecutive American Athletic Conference Championship final. USF will make its third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and play in its fourth tournament in five seasons. ESPN will present the exclusive live announcement of the 64-team NCAA Tournament field as part of its Selection Monday Special Show on Monday, March 13, from 7 to 8 p.m. ESPNU will offer further bracket analysis following from 8 to 9 p.m. ET.
  15. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com WEB LINK: http://bit.ly/2lTTBdn FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: March 13, 2017 Follow @USFAthletics On Twitter Like USF Athletics on Facebook Bulls’ March into April Begins in Tallahassee TAMPA, MARCH 13, 2017 – The University of South Florida’s return trip to the NCAA Tournament will start close to home. The Bulls will travel upstate to Tallahassee for the first round as the 11-seed and will face sixth-seeded Missouri Friday at 5 p.m. Head coach Jose Fernandez’s Bulls will face Missouri for the first time in program history at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The game will tip at 5 p.m. and will be televised nationally on the ESPN family of networks. Third-seed and host Florida State will take on No. 14 Western Illinois at 7:30 p.m. in the other Tallahassee game that is part of the Stockton, Calif. region. The Bulls watched their post season journey unfold on the NCAA Selection Show at the Sun Dome Arena Club with hundreds of fans and supporters. President Dr. Judy Genshaft and Athletic Director Mark Harlan cheered alongside the team when USF’s name appeared during the ESPN broadcast. Tickets for Friday’s game will be available when the NCAA and host institution Florida State release ticket details, including price, purchasing locations and procedures. On Tuesday, March 14, USF season ticket members and Bulls Club donors will receive an email with detailed information about how to request tickets. The Tournament Florida State will host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament at Donald L. Tucker Center (Capacity: 12,100). Host and three-seed Florida State (25-6) will face Western Illinois (26-6). Florida State lost in the first round of the ACC Tournament, 56-54, to No. 8/12 Miami. Western Illinois earned one of 32 automatic bids as the Summit League Tournament Champions. Western Illinois defeated IUPUI 77-69. Missouri (21-10) is the six-seed and lost in their first game of the SEC Tournament to Texas A&M, 62-48. American Athletic Conference foe, UConn, is again the overall No. 1 seed of the tournament and the Bridgeport Region. Notre Dame is the No. 1 seed of the Oklahoma City Region and Baylor is the No. 1 seed in the Lexington Region. South Carolina is the No. 1 seed in Stockton Region. The first round of the NCAA Tournament will be played on March 17 & 18. The second round will be played March 19 & 20. The Regionals will be played March 24-27. The Final Four will take place March 31-April 2 in Dallas, Texas. Quotable Head coach Jose Fernandez on the Bulls NCAA Tournament run: We’re really excited. It’s an opportunity for our fans to make the trip to Tallahassee and see us play. We’re playing a very good Missouri team. It’s our fifth NCAA Tournament berth and we’re looking forward to the challenge. We’re excited that we’re still playing basketball at this time of year. Junior captain Maria Jespersen on the Bulls’ staying in Florida: Our dream when we were working out this summer and in preseason was to get back to the NCAA Tournament. We’re really excited to stay in Florida and to get started. We have a great fan base and I’m sure they’ll be there to support us. Notables The Bulls are making their fourth tournament appearance in the last five seasons and the program’s fifth overall trip. This is the third consecutive year USF will make an NCAA appearance. USF will play in the 6/11 match-up for the third consecutive year, and are 2-0 in both first round appearances. The Bulls were seeded sixth the last two seasons and defeated 11-seed Colorado State 48-45 in 2016 and LSU 73-64 in 2015. USF has been as high as a six-seed and as low as an 11-seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Bulls were a nine-seed in their first ever NCAA appearance in 2006 and a 10-seed in 2013. USF has been ranked as high as No. 19 nationally during the program’s fifth consecutive 20-win season. USF (24-8) is coming off its third consecutive appearance in the American Athletic Conference Championship game. Only two teams have beaten USF by more than six points (No. 1 UConn, No. 8 Louisville).
  16. WBB Semi final

    Up by 3 at the half. Went from a poor 1st quarter being down by around 6 to up by 6, then letting them back in. Hitting free throws would really really help. Still nice effort to recover from the early deficit.
  17. I know the final didn't go so well but the semi was a great game that got us there for the third year in a row. I recorded it for everyone to enjoy and to show the ladies team some love.
  18. WBB Polls

    Considering that USF was #33 in last weeks AP poll, I thought it pretty iffy that they would rank us this week. We are just on the outside at #26 with 51 points.2017 Women's College Basketball Rankings and Polls for Week 4 - ESPNWe were previously 29th in the coaches poll. So, we have a better chance of being ranked by them, when their new poll is released.
  19. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com WEB LINK: http://bit.ly/2m9Amtl FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: March 5, 2017 Follow @USFAthletics On Twitter Like USF Athletics on Facebook Bulls Book 3rd Straight Trip to League Title Game By TOM ZEBOLD USF Senior Writer UNCASVILLE, Conn., MARCH 5, 2017 – USF is headed to the American Athletic Conference Championship final for the third straight season after knocking off No. 21 Temple, 63-58, Sunday night at Mohegan Sun Arena. In a rematch of last season’s conference semifinal, third-seeded USF (24-7) earned its best win of the season by getting tough on the glass. Head coach Jose Fernandez’s Bulls ruled the boards by 42-36 margin with 15 offensive rebounds against the second-seeded Owls (24-7). First team all-conference guard Kitija Laksa (Riga, Latvia) helped the Bulls book a third straight meeting with UConn in the championship with a game-high 18 points. The solid performance helped Laksa break USF’s sophomore season scoring record with 602 total points. Maria Jespersen (Arhus, Denmark) posted her 11thdouble-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Conference freshman of the year Tamara Henshaw (Palm Coast, Fla.) matched her career high with 15 points. Laia Flores (Mataro, Spain) added eight points, four rebounds and three assists. Flores is now just three assists shy of breaking USF’s season assists record of 190 set by Anedra Gilmore in 2004-05. USF headed into halftime with a 33-30 advantage after Laksa made program history and Henshaw proved why she was named conference freshman of the year. Laksa became the leading sophomore scorer in USF history with a 3-pointer to open the game. Laksa passed Courtney Williams’ previous top mark of 586 points during the 2013-14 season. Laksa helped fuel a 6-0 run to end the first quarter that cut the Temple lead to 17-14. Henshaw put USF ahead twice during a sequence in the second quarter that saw the lead change hands four times before the Bulls took over. Jespersen made a go-ahead jumper with 6:27 left in the half and went on her own 7-0 run to pump the Bulls’ lead up to 29-23. Henshaw scored four points down the stretch and finished the second quarter with 11 points. The scoring surge helped the freshman match her previous career high of 15 points by the break. Jespersen added to her 24th double-digit scoring game of the season with a 3-pointer in the third quarter and a Laksa jumper extended the lead to 42-35. Despite the hot start, USF went on a scoring drought of 5:33 but still headed into the fourth quarter with a 42-39 lead. USF’s defense held Temple to nine points in the third quarter and kept locking down the Owls on the way to the championship. Temple went through a five-minute scoring drought in the final period and went 7-for-18 from the field. Senior Nancy Warioba (Kisumu, Kenya) gave the Bulls a needed spark instantly with two points and three rebounds in her first two minutes of the game early in the fourth quarter. After Warioba’s defensive rebound, Flores knocked down a 3-pointer and five straight points from Laksa extended the lead to 52-41 with 4:24 remaining. USF secured the victory by going 9-for-14 from the free throw line in the final period. Quotables Head coach Jose Fernandez’s thoughts on the Bulls making it back to the conference championship: “I couldn’t be prouder of this group. We played five kids in that first half the entire time. In that third quarter, we were up seven with the ball and we went on a drought there. But in that fourth quarter, we made big shots and we got the stops we needed. It was an important game for both teams, for NCAA seeding, us winning up there and them winning at our place. We wanted this game. This is the third year in a row that we’re playing on Monday night. That’s one thing, when you play in this tournament, you want to play for a championship.” Key Stats 42 – The number of rebounds grabbed by the Bulls, including 15 on the offensive end. USF scored 13 second-chance points. 35.5 – The shooting percentage USF’s defense held Temple to in the second half. The Bulls had a 33-30 advantage at halftime and never let the lead slip away after the break. Notables - USF appeared in the conference semifinals for the fourth consecutive season and will play in the championship game for the third straight year. - Kitija Laksa has set USF’s sophomore season scoring record with 602 points. Courtney Williams held the Bulls’ previous record with 586 points. - Conference freshman of the year Tamara Henshawreached her previous career high of 15 points by halftime. - USF improved to 7-3 in the American Athletic Conference Championship. - USF is now within three wins of matching the program season record of 27 victories set in 2014-15. - The Bulls improved to 2-1 this season against second-seeded Temple. Up Next USF will take on top-ranked UConn in The American championship game Monday at 7 p.m. The programs’ third meeting of the season will be televised nationally on ESPN2.
  20. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com WEB LINK: http://bit.ly/2lK4XMh FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: March 4, 2017 Follow @USFAthletics On Twitter Like USF Athletics on Facebook BULLS RALLY PAST SMU TO REACH CONFERENCE SEMIS By TOM ZEBOLD USF Senior Writer UNCASVILLE, Conn., MARCH 4, 2017 – USF erased a five-point deficit in the final seven minutes and rallied past SMU, 62-55, Saturday night in the American Athletic Conference quarterfinals at Mohegan Sun Arena. No. 3 seed USF (23-7) has reached The American semifinals for the fourth consecutive season and will face second-seeded Temple 7:30 p.m. Sunday (TV: ESPNU). Come March, the mantra is “survive and advance,” and the Bulls got the job done with a late 8-0 run against sixth-seeded SMU (17-14). Kitija Laksa (Riga, Latvia) led the Bulls with 17 points and her third 3-pointer tied the game up at 53-53 with 2:54 remaining. Conference freshman of the year Tamara Henshaw (Palm Coast, Fla.) scored all eight of her points in the second half and put USF ahead 50 seconds after Laksa’s clutch bucket. Laia Flores (Mataro, Spain) knocked down another huge 3-pointer with 1:18 left to cap off the 8-0 run. The junior point guard scored 10 of her 15 points in the second half to go along with eight rebounds and six assists. Flores put the game out of reach with a pair of free throws after Ariadna Pujol (Mataro, Spain) blocked SMU’s chances of a game-tying 3-pointer with 16 seconds remaining. Maria Jespersen (Arhus, Denmark) also helped fuel another memorable USF comeback with 14 points and a pair of important 3-pointers in the second half. The first team all-conference forward added six rebounds and one of two USF blocks. Before having to rally, USF scored 16 points in the paint and headed into halftime ahead, 24-23, despite going 1-for-10 from long range. One of those tough baskets was made in crunch time, when Pujol gave USF an 11-9 lead with a buzzer-beating layup to end the first quarter. Laksa’s lone 3-pointer of the first half gave the Bulls a 20-15 advantage in the second quarter, but SMU made five straight field goals to keep things close heading into the break. USF headed into the fourth quarter trailing, 44-39, after SMU made five of its final seven shots of the third quarter. Jespersen’s 3-pointer spotted USF a 35-32 lead, but the Bulls closed the third quarter on a two-minute scoring drought. Points weren’t a problem for the Bulls in the fourth quarter. USF headed to the conference semifinals with some momentum after outscoring SMU, 23-11, in the final period. Key Stats 23-11 – The scoring margin in the fourth quarter in favor of USF, which rallied past SMU for the second time this season. 4-for-5 – USF shot 80 percent from long range in the fourth quarter to flip the script that started with a six-point deficit in the period. Notables - USF has advanced to the conference semifinals for the fourth consecutive season. The Bulls are looking to book a trip to the league championship game for the third straight year. - USF improved to 6-3 at the American Athletic Conference Championship. - USF is now within four wins of matching the program’s season wins record of 27 set back in 2014-15. - The Bulls improved to 2-0 against SMU this season after defeating the Mustangs, 52-51, in Dallas on Jan. 25. Up Next USF will face second-seeded Temple for the third time this season in Sunday’s second semifinal at 7:30 p.m.(TV: ESPNU). Head coach Jose Fernandez’s Bulls are 1-1 against Temple this season and defeated the Owls, 64-46, last March to advance to the conference championship game.
  21. TAMPA, MARCH 2, 2017 – The University of South Florida women’s basketball team continues to raise the bar, and the program did it again on Thursday when The American announced All-Conference teams and awards. Four Bulls were recognized and for the first time in program history, two landed on the All-Conference First Team. As predicted by the coaches in the preseason, sophomore Kitija Laksa (Riga, Latvia) was a unanimous All-Conference First Team selection, while junior Maria Jespersen (Arhus, Denmark) earned her first postseason conference award as a first-team honoree. Jespersen turned in a stellar junior campaign, becoming an unstoppable force in league play, and recognized as The American’s Most Improved Player of the Year. In her first season with the Bulls, rookie Tamara Henshaw (Palm Coast, Fla.) landed on the All-Freshman team by a unanimous decision. Rest of article
  22. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com WEB LINK: http://bit.ly/2lUaVy0 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: February 26, 2017 Follow @USFAthletics On Twitter Like USF Athletics on Facebook USF Closes Regular Season Monday TAMPA, FEB. 26, 2017 – The University of South Florida women’s basketball team plays in its last game of the regular season on Monday, when it hosts No. 1 UConn on ‘Senior Night’ in the Sun Dome Arena at 7 p.m. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats for the start of the pregame ceremony at 6:30 when the Bulls celebrate the careers of Paige Cashin, Ariadna Pujol, Nancy Warioba, Katelyn Weber and senior manager Jon Huang. The regular season finale will air as part of ESPN2’s Big Monday coverage, with Beth Mowins (play-by-play) and Kara Lawson (analyst) on the call. The USF IMG Sports Network radio broadcast can be heard on AM 1040, featuring Mike Lefko and Brigid Merenda. USF (22-6, 11-4 The American) is fresh off its 22nd win which marks just the second time in program history the Bulls have reached 22 wins during the regular season. Sophomore Kitija Laksa (Riga, Latvia) led the Bulls with 34 points and produced USF’s third-ever perfect performance from 3-point range (minimum of five attempts) and became the first Bull to go 6-for-6. Her hot-shooting afternoon helped USF finish 61 percent from the floor and 57 percent from long range. Promotions USF looks to shatter an unofficial world record for most t-shirts tossed at basketball game. The Bulls aim to throw approximately 1,500 t-shirts between the first and second quarter. The first 500 students to the arena will receive a free neon snapback hat. The Opponent USF and UConn will meet for the second time this season and the 22nd time in program history. The Bulls look for their first win against the Huskies in the team’s 45 seasons. USF has faced UConn 15 times as a No. 1 seed. Notables Laksa needs 34 more points to tie Courtney Williams’ sophomore record of 586 points in a season. The Bulls have totaled at least 22 regular season wins for just the second time in program history. USF won 24 games during the 2014-15 regular season and finished with a program record of 27. The Bulls close out the conference slate with a grueling 4 games across nine days. As the third seed, USF is scheduled to play the 6/11 seed winner in the conference championship quarterfinals on Saturday, March 4 at 8 p.m.(ESPN3). The tournament will once again take place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The Bulls have totaled 13 wins by 16 or more points, including six against conference opponents. Head coach Jose Fernandez reached 300 career wins Jan. 17. Only three active coaches in the American Athletic Conference have achieved the feat. USF is the only team in NCAA Division I with nine international players on its roster.
  23. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com WEB LINK: http://bit.ly/2lH6OVy FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: February 25, 2017 Follow @USFAthletics On Twitter Like USF Athletics on Facebook USF Overpowers Tulsa in Road Finale TULSA, Okla., FEB. 25, 2017 – Led by red-hot Kitija Laksa, USF locked up the third seed for the American Athletic Conference Championship with a 90-64 win at Tulsa on Saturday afternoon. Laksa reached new career milestones by going 6-for-6 from long range and shooting 92 percent overall (13-for-14) during her 34-point performance in the Bulls' regular season road finale. The star sophomore from Riga, Latvia scored 27 points in the second half and posted her eighth career 30-point game despite playing just 26 minutes. Laksa produced USF’s third-ever perfect performance from 3-point range (minimum of five attempts) and became the first Bull to go 6-for-6. Her hot-shooting afternoon helped USF finish 61 percent from the floor and 57 percent from long range. USF (22-6, 11-4) became just the second team in program history to register at least 22 regular season wins. Head coach Jose Fernandez's Bulls accomplished the feat with a complete team performance against Tulsa (8-20, 4-11). Three-time conference freshman of the week Tamara Henshaw (Palm Coast, Fla.) added to her stellar debut season as a Bull with a career-high 15 points and nine rebounds. Junior Maria Jespersen (Arhus, Denmark) went 7-for-15 from the field and finished with 19 points and six rebounds. Junior point guard Laia Flores (Mataro, Spain) nearly reached a triple-double once again, matching her career best with nine rebounds, along with nine points and seven assists. USF dominated the boards by a 37-23 margin. Before it turned into a rout, USF jumped out to a 36-26 halftime lead by shooting 56 percent from the field. Jespersen led the way with 11 points, while Flores was a force on both ends of the floor with five points and eight rebounds. Flores’ aggressiveness on the glass helped the Bulls outrebound Tulsa, 21-11, in the opening half. USF’s defense allowed only six points in the second quarter and off-balance Tulsa shot 35 percent before the break. The Golden Hurricane heated up early, shooting 58 percent in the opening period. Laksa battled foul trouble early, starting with seven points in the first half and before exploding for 13 points in the third quarter to help boost the lead up to 61-46. Laksa’s 34-point outing moved up the forward up to seventh on USF’s single-season scoring chart with 552 total points. Quotables Head coach Jose Fernandez on Kitija Laksa’s 27-point outburst in the second half: “She only played 26 minutes because she picked up those two fouls in the first two and a half minutes of the game. That’s unlike her, and then she’s got three in the first half and we had to sit her. We’re a different team without her on the floor.” Head coach Jose Fernandez on reaching 22 regular season wins for the second time in program history: “This is a big win for us because this is win No. 22 for us on the year and you get that bye in the first round of the tournament.” Head coach Jose Fernandez on the Bulls’ preparation for Monday’s home game against No. 1 UConn: “Our kids understand how we’ve played against Connecticut. I’m sure they’ll be looking forward to playing that game again.” Notables - As the third seed, USF is scheduled to play the 6/11seed winner in the conference championship quarterfinals on Saturday, March 4 at 8 p.m. (ESPN3). The tournament will once again take place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. - The Bulls have totaled at least 22 regular season wins for just the second time in program history. USF won 24 games during the 2014-15 regular season and finished with a program record of 27. - USF improved to 4-0 in its all-time series with Tulsa after defeating the Golden Hurricane, 84-68, in the programs’ first meeting of the season in Tampa on Jan. 7. - Laksa joined Shantia Grace and Jenny Koeppel as the only players in program history to go at least 5-for-5 from 3-point range in a game. - Laksa posted her seventh 30-point game of the season and eighth of her career, good for second-most in USF history. Wanda Guyton holds the record with nine 30-point performances. - Laksa needs 34 more points to tie Courtney Williams’ sophomore record of 586 points in a season. Up Next USF will host top-ranked UConn in the regular season finale that’s set for 7 p.m. Monday at the Sun Dome. The conference showdown will be a part of ESPN2’s Big Monday coverage. Prior to the game, USF will honor four senior members of the team in a special ceremony set to begin at approximately 6:35 p.m. Reserve your seats at USFBullsTix.com.
  24. Grand Canyon U's starting Point Guard #13

    http://www.gculopes.com/roster.aspx?path=wbball We could have used her this year.
  25. WBB vs Tulsa

    USF 54 Tulsa 41 2:14 3rd