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  1. WBB: USF #17 AP Poll

  2. USF ATHLETICS WEB LINK: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: November 12, 2017 Follow @USFAthletics On Twitter Like USF Athletics on Facebook Balanced Offense Sends No. 22 USF Past HBU TAMPA, NOV. 12, 2017 – Four players scored in double figures Sunday as the University of South Florida women’s basketball team surged past Houston Baptist at USF Sun Dome Arena. The Bulls outscored the Huskies 32-10 in the fourth quarter for a 90-43 victory. Kitija Laksa (Riga, Latvia) led the Bulls offensively with 26 points, shooting 48 percent from the floor. The junior knocked down four three-pointers and added eight rebounds. Senior Maria Jespersen (Arhus, Denmark) collected her first double-double of the year with 17 points and 11 rebounds. The senior also added three assists and two steals. Laura Ferreira (Lisboa, Portugal) also grabbed a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds while senior Laia Flores (Mataro, Spain) filled her stat line with 14 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, five steals and did not commit a turnover. Tamara Henshaw (Palm Coast, Fla.) chipped in eight points and nine rebounds. The Bulls were slow to start, shooting 29 percent in the first quarter but slowly worked their way into a rhythm thanks to the energy of Alba Prieto (Seville, Spain), Vanessa Blagmon (Stockbridge, Ga.) and Shae Leverett (Rincon, Ga.) off the bench. The trio combined for 15 points and eight rebounds. QUOTABLES: Head coach Jose Fernandez on opening weekend: “We got through the weekend. It was a good opening weekend. We won two games, and now we have a little bit of time to prepare for the next two. KEY STATS: 32: USF shot 54 percent in the final 10 minutes and stretched its lead to 47 points thanks to 32 points in the fourth quarter. The Bulls outscored HBU 32-10. NOTABLES: • USF starts its season with a 2-0 record for the fourth time in the past five seasons. • Laura Ferreira has led the Bulls in rebounds for two-straight outings and averages 12.5 rebounds per game. • Maria Jespersen recorded her 13th career double-double, her first #DenmarkDouble of the 2017-18 season. • Kitija Laksa has made two-plus three-pointers in her last 10 outings and has gone 17-straight games with at least one trey. • USF turned in 20+ offensive rebounds for the second consecutive game. The Bulls 67 rebounds were nine rebounds shy of the team record (76, vs. Rollins, Dec. 8, 1980). UP NEXT: No. 23/22 USF returns to action Friday at Sun Dome Arena. The Bulls will host Arkansas State Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on via BullsVision. Season tickets are available for purchase, along with three- and five-game flex plans. Reserve your seats at or by calling 1-800-Go-Bulls.
  3. NO. 23 USF WELCOMES HOUSTON BAPTIST SUNDAY November 11, 2017 Matchup: No. 23/22 USF (1-0) vs. Houston Baptist (0-0)Date: Sunday, Nov. 12Time: 2:00 p.m.Location: Tampa, Fla. | Sun Dome ArenaWatch: N/ARadio: AM 1040 | Bulls Unlimited (Darek Sharp & Brigid Merenda)Tickets: 1-800-Go-Bulls | usfbullstix.comFollow: Listen | Stats | Twitter
  4. USF ATHLETICS WEB LINK: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: November 9, 2017 Follow @USFAthletics On Twitter Like USF Athletics on Facebook Jespersen Recognized on Katrina McClain Award Watch List TAMPA, NOV. 9, 2017 – University of South Florida senior, Maria Jespersen, continues to make waves as she was named to the Katrina McClain Award watch list Thursday. Jespersen was classified as a power forward and was one of 20 to make the list. The Katrina McClain Award is named after the two-time All-American and 1987 National Player of the Year. The annual award in its inaugural year recognizes the top power forwards in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball. “Katrina McClain was the ultimate power forward, bringing extraordinary effort and a double-double nearly every time she set foot on the court,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “From the University of Georgia to Team USA, Katrina made her mark on the game through heart and determination. The power forwards on this watch list display many of the characteristics that made Katrina such an outstanding player.” Jespersen (Arhus, Denmark) was the Bulls’ best rebounder her junior year with 297 rebounds. The American Athletic Conference Most Improved Player of the Year upped her total from 153 rebounds to 297 in one year. Jespersen jumped from 5.9 points per game to a team second-best 14.7 points per game. Jespersen was an all-conference first team honoree last season. The winner of the 2018 Katrina McClain Power Forward Award will be announced during ESPN2’s telecast of the national semifinal games in the 2018 NCAA Women’s Final Four in Columbus, Ohio on Friday, March 30. Additional awards being presented include the Nancy Lieberman Point Guard Award, the Ann Meyers Drysdale Shooting Guard Award, the Cheryl Miller Small Forward Award, and the Lisa Leslie Center Award, as well as the Wade Trophy, the sport’s oldest and most prestigious national player of the year award. For more information on the 2018 Katrina McClain Award, visit USF opens its season Friday, Nov. 10 at the USF Sun Dome Arena. The Bulls host LSU at 5:30 p.m. 2018 Katrina McClain Award Candidates Lauren Cox Baylor Kristine Anigwe California Camille Zimmerman Columbia Napheesa Collier Connecticut Leaonna Odom Duke Haley Lorenzen Florida G’mrice Davis Fordham Caliya Robinson Georgia Ashunae Durant Hofstra Megan Gustafson Iowa Myisha Hines-Allen Lousiville Erykah Davenport Miami Alex Johnson Middle Tennessee Jordan Frericks Missouri Ruthy Hebard Oregon Michelle Nwokedi Penn Bella Alarie Princeton Mael Gilles Rutgers Maria Jespersen South Florida Jatarie White Texas *Players can play their way onto and off of the list at any point in the 2017-18 season* Season tickets are available for purchase, along with three- and five-game flex plans. Reserve your seats at or by calling 1-800-Go-Bulls.
  5. USF ATHLETICS WEB FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: November 8, 2017 Follow @USFAthletics On Twitter Like USF Athletics on Facebook Jespersen Lands on Cheryl Miller Award Watch List TAMPA, NOV. 8, 2017 – The American Athletic Conference Most Improved Player of the Year, Maria Jespersen, has left a lasting impact on the national landscape as the USF senior was named to the 2018 Cheryl Miller Award watch list the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Wednesday. Jespersen is one of 20 watch list candidates. The Cheryl Miller Award is named after the three-time Naismith Player of the Year. The annual award, in its inaugural year, recognizes the top small forwards in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball. “Cheryl Miller was an unstoppable force on the court, legendarily scoring more than 100 points in a single high school game,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “At USC, Cheryl continued her dominance winning two NCAA Championships. When it comes to small forwards, no one has done it better and the young women recognized on this list should be honored to be associated with one of the game’s all-time greats.” Jespersen (Arhus, Denmark) was an American preseason all-conference honoree and led the Bulls in rebounds with 9.0 rebounds per game last season. The forward averaged a team second-best 14.7 points per game. Jespersen turned in 11 double-double performances and scored her career-high 26 points on four different occasions. Jespersen was a WBCA All-Region 3 honoree as a junior and landed on the league’s all-conference first team. The winner of the 2018 Cheryl Miller Small Forward Award will be announced during ESPN2’s telecast of the national semifinal games in the 2018 NCAA Women’s Final Four in Columbus, Ohio on Friday, March 30. Additional awards being presented include the Nancy Lieberman Point Guard Award, the Ann Meyers Drysdale Shooting Guard Award, the Katrina McClain Power Forward Award, and the Lisa Leslie Center Award, as well as the Wade Trophy, the sport’s oldest and most prestigious national player of the year award. For more information on the 2018 Cheryl Miller Award, visit USF opens its season Friday, Nov. 10 at the USF Sun Dome Arena. The Bulls host LSU at 5:30 p.m. 2018 Cheryl Miller Award Candidates Hannah Cook Alabama Gabby Williams Connecticut Shakayla Thomas Florida St. Jill Barta Gonzaga Amanda Cahill Indiana Bridget Carleton Iowa St Raigyne Louis LSU Erika Davenport Marquette Brianna Fraser Maryland Branndais Agee Michigan St Sophie Cunningham Missouri Liza Fruendt Missouri St. Stephanie Mavunga Ohio State Maddie Manning Oklahoma Maria Jespersen South Florida Jaime Nared Tennessee Ariel Atkins Texas Kennedy Burke UCLA Teana Muldrow West Virginia Cayla McMorris Wisconsin *Players can play their way onto and off of the list at any point in the 2017-18 season* Season tickets are available for purchase, along with three- and five-game flex plans. Reserve your seats at or by calling 1-800-Go-Bulls.
  6. USF ATHLETICS WEB LINK: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: November, 7, 2017 Follow @USFAthletics On Twitter Like USF Athletics on Facebook Laksa on Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Preseason Watch List TAMPA, NOV. 7, 2017 – The preseason recognition continues to roll in for junior guard Kitija Laksa as the sharp-shooter was named to the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Preseason Watch List, the Naismith Memorial basketball Hall of Fame announced Tuesday. Laksa is one of 20 candidates on the list for top shooting guard in the country. The Ann Meyers Drysdale Award is named after the first player, male or female, to be named to the All-America Team for four straight college seasons. The annual award in its inaugural year recognizes the top shooting guard in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball. “Ann Meyers dominated the basketball court as a standout for UCLA, surpassing records held by both men and women at the basketball powerhouse university,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “Recognized as the only woman to sign a contract with an NBA team, Ann has been a shining example of character and skill and we are so pleased to announce this award bearing her name.” Laksa (Riga, Latvia) was a WBCA All-America honorable mention as a sophomore and is just two points shy of 1,000 points in her career. Last season, Laksa ranked third in the league in scoring with 19.2 points per game and led the Bulls with 634 points last season, a program sophomore scoring record. The winner of the 2018 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award will be announced at an inaugural awards ceremony hosted by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, and ESPN at the NCAA Women’s Final Four in Columbus, Ohio. ESPN broadcast information will be released at a later date. For more information on the 2018 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award, visit USF opens its season Friday, Nov. 10 at the USF Sun Dome Arena. The Bulls host LSU at 5:30 p.m. 2018 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Candidates Darby Maggard Belmont Katie Lou Samuelson Connecticut Ashton Millender DePaul Rebecca Greenwell Duke Asia Durr Louisville Chloe Jackson LSU Natisha Hiedeman Marquette Allazia Blockton Marquette Kaila Charles Maryland Victoria Vivians Mississippi State Arike Ogunbowale Notre Dame Lexi Bando Oregon Jovana Nogic Providence Jaycee Bradley South Dakota Kitija Laksa South Florida Akina Wellere St. John's Brittany McPhee Stanford Dannie Williams Texas A&M Kennedy Burke UCLA Tynice Martin West Virginia *Players can play their way onto and off of the list at any point in the 2017-18 season*
  7. Is anyone else ALSO excited for WBB season to start? Yes, our football team is definitely an excitement, and we have so many other quality teams such as Baseball, Softball, Golf team, Men's Tennis team. Seriously though, who isn't excited about our WBB team with all the great personalities, and a great top notch coach, and the expectation that we possibly have the best team we have ever had even though C.Williams is not on this team! I think our WBB team will be a perennial contender at this point, and I dare to say that CJF will be a mainstay at USF unless perhaps UCONN comes knocking when Coach Geno decides to retire (they are good friends and mutual admirers). This team has so many upsides if everyone remains healthy. I know some people refuse to watch or get excited about WBB, but I think if they gave College WBB a chance especially with teams as good as ours, they would find that they are pretty exciting and also play a very fast paced game. Only 9 days left until the fun begins!!! Go Bulls!!!!!!!!!!
  8. USF ATHLETICS WEB LINK: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: Oct. 27, 2017 Follow @USFAthletics On Twitter Like USF Athletics on Facebook Women’s Basketball Visits Tampa Mayor’s Office TAMPA, OCT. 27, 2017 – The USF women’s basketball team received a special honor Wednesday as the 26th day of October 2017 was declared USF Women’s Basketball Team Day by Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn. Coming off an outstanding 2016-17 campaign, the Bulls were honored at the mayor’s office in downtown Tampa Wednesday afternoon. USF earned the recognition turning in its fifth consecutive 20-win season, third straight trip to the NCAA Tournament and was recognized as the American Athletic Conference 2016-17 Academic Excellence Award winner. The 2017-18 team and coaching staff were on hand Wednesday afternoon to meet the mayor and receive the award. USF has three newcomers for the upcoming season on a team, which returns four starters from last season. USF opens its highly-anticipated season Friday, Nov. 10 at home against LSU and fans have their choice of three great ticket packages. Season tickets are available for purchase, along with three- and five-game flex plans. Reserve your seats at or by calling 1-800-Go-Bulls. To stay up-to-date on the latest USF women’s basketball news, follow the Bulls on social media (Twitter | Facebook | Instagram).
  9. USF ATHLETICS WEB LINK: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: Sept. 22, 2017 Follow @USFAthletics On Twitter Like USF Athletics on Facebook Women’s Basketball Ranked No. 19 in Athlon Preseason Magazine The Bulls are coming off their fifth straight 20-win season and fourth NCAA appearance in five years. TAMPA, SEPT. 22, 2017 – The University of South Florida women’s basketball team is ranked No. 19 in the Athlon Sports 2017-18 College Basketball preview magazine, which is available on newsstands now. The Bulls are ranked in the magazine’s preseason top 25 for the second time in program history. The Bulls join UConn (ranked No. 1) as the second team in the American Athletic Conference to earn a top 25 spot. USF’s 30-game schedule has the Bulls potentially playing four teams listed in Athlon’s top 13, including three in the top five. Behind No. 1 UConn are No. 2 Texas, No. 3 Ohio State, No. 4 Notre Dame and No. 5 UCLA. USF is scheduled to play UConn twice and a non-conference game at the Sun Dome against Ohio State on Feb. 11. Should both teams advance in the Gulf Coast Showcase, USF would also get a shot at Notre Dame and South Carolina. USF also earned a preseason top 25 ranking in Charlie Crème’s “Way-To-Early-Top-25”, flagging the 20th spot. The Bulls have made four NCAA appearances in the past five seasons and are coming off a 24-9 record in 2016-17. The Bulls finished second in the American Athletic Conference Championship for the third consecutive season. USF will be led by four returning starters, including WBCA All-America Honorable Mention Kitija Laksa (Riga, Latvia). Laksa joins the senior duo of all-conference first team honoree Maria Jespersen (Arhus, Denmark) and Laia Flores (Mataro, Spain). Back for her sophomore campaign is reigning Freshman of the Year Tamara Henshaw (Palm Coast, Fla.). The Bulls open the 2017-18 season on Friday, Nov. 10, when they host LSU at the Sun Dome. USF averaged more than 2,500 fans last season and season tickets were at an all-time high. Tickets are available for the upcoming season by calling 1-800-GoBulls, or visiting
  10. USF ATHLETICS WEB LINK: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: Aug. 25, 2017 Follow @USFAthletics On Twitter Like USF Athletics on Facebook Gulf Coast Showcase Field Set USF will face Washington State in the first round TAMPA, AUG. 25, 2017 – The University of South Florida women’s basketball team will face elite competition in the 2017 Gulf Coast Showcase over Thanksgiving. In the opening round of the tournament, USF will face Washington State with a chance to take on defending National Champion South Carolina and former Big East foe Notre Dame. USF will open play against Washington State Nov. 24and will face Notre Dame or East Tennessee State Nov. 25. The full tournament field includes Rutgers, South Carolina, St. John’s, Washington State and Western Michigan. The eight-team showcase is headlined by the Gamecoks and the Irish but ESPN analyst and women’s tournament director, Debbie Antonelli, says this is the best field in the tournament’s five-year history. “Germain Arena will feel like an NCAA Regional on Thanksgiving weekend,” said Antonelli. “South Carolina and Notre Dame may garner most of the attention but this field may be deeper than any other in the five-year history of the Gulf Coast Showcase. The quality of coaching is off the charts with two Hall of Fame coaches in Muffet McGraw and Vivian Stringer, as well as Dawn Staley who was enshrined as a player. South Florida returns nearly its entire team and is battle-tested while Western Michigan and ETSU will contend for league titles this year.” The tournament will support the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. The hospital is the only children’s hospital between Tampa and Miami and provides vital health care for the region’s sick and injured children and their families. Ticket and Fan Travel Information Tickets for the 2017 Gulf Coast Showcase go on public sale on Monday, Aug. 28 at 10 a.m. ET at or through Ticketmaster. All-Tournament passes for either the men’s tournament or women’s tournament are available for $74, $99 or $149 per tournament. Single session tickets, ranging from $10 General Admission to $45 Courtside for each two-game session, will go on-sale later this summer. Each day of the tournament will feature an afternoon session (starting at 11 a.m.) and evening session (5 p.m.) and tickets will be good for both games of a given session. Fan travel information, including preferred hotel rates at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, is available on Full bd Global release can be found here.
  11. Courtney is playing for them during the off season. She will probably earn some decent money. Perth Lynx land WNBA star Courtney Williams The Perth Lynx have made a major recruiting coup, and are thrilled to announce the signing of star WNBA guard, Courtney Williams. Williams, 23, has enjoyed a breakout year with the Connecticut Sun, averaging 13.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 27 minutes per game as a starter, all while shooting 49.4 per cent from the field. The American has burst onto the WNBA scene in her second season as a professional thanks to her remarkable athleticism and incredible scoring ability, and joins the Lynx as one of the highest profiled signings in the club’s 30 year history. It has already been a big week for the sharp-shooting Williams, after exploding for a career-high 27 points against the Seattle Storm on Wednesday, including a fourth quarter in which she personally outscored the Storm 15-9. “I think I will bring great energy and enthusiasm to the Perth Lynx,” said the former University of South Florida superstar. “I’m always going to do whatever it takes to win. I’ve heard nothing but great things about the club, so I’m excited to join the Lynx.” Standing 173cm tall, the Connecticut Sun star will arrive in Perth with an impressive resume, including a gold medal with the US national team at the 2015 World University Games. “Courtney is an explosive combo guard, she plays considerable minutes for the Sun in the WNBA and scores at a very high efficiency,” said head coach Andy Stewart. “She is not only an excellent scorer, but her athleticism enables her to gather rebounds and steals on a regular basis.” The free-scoring 23-year-old adds even more firepower to a Lynx backcourt group already boasting significant talent. “Courtney is a terrific complement to our guard contingent. Their resumes are exceptional; Sami Whitcomb as the WNBL leading scorer, Alice Kunek an Australian Opal, Toni Farnworth a New Zealand international and Alex Ciabattoni a former Rookie of the Year.” “The challenge now is to get this talented group to gel on the floor and reach a very exciting potential.” Perth Lynx memberships are on sale now, starting from just $6.90 per game!
  12. USF ATHLETICS WEB LINK: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: August 11, 2017 Follow @USFAthletics On Twitter Like USF Athletics on Facebook Women's Basketball Freshmen Shining at FIBA Incoming freshmen Alba Prieto and Silvia Serrat are shining for the U18 Spanish National team in the FIBA U18 European Championship TAMPA, AUGUST 11, 2017 – The University of South Florida women’s basketball team landed two five-star recruits from Spain and the pair are shining in the FIBA U18 European Championship. Alba Prieto and Silvia Serrat are both representing their home country in Sopron, Hungary in the top division of the tournament. The pair led Spain to a perfect 3-0 record in the group stage. Prieto and Serrat combined for 17 points in Spain’s 85-52 win over Sweden. Prieto posted nine points, two rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block in 14 minutes of action. Against Serbia, Serrat tallied 10 points and seven rebounds, narrowly missing a double-double. In the final game of group phase, the dynamic duo accounted for 12 points and eight rebounds against Croatia. Spain advanced to the round of 16 and defeated Turkey 72-46 before falling to France in the quarterfinals. Prieto averaged 8.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in the two games. Prieto and Serrat will return to action with their national team in the classification contests August 12. Spain will face Slovenia at 1:30 local time. USF recorded its fifth consecutive 20-win season last year, the eighth 20-win season in program history. Head coach Jose Fernandez has been at the helm for all eight 20-win seasons.
  13. 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 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.
  14. USF ATHLETICS WEB LINK: 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.
  15. 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. 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.
  16. USF ATHLETICS WEB LINK: 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.”
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. USF ATHLETICS WEB LINK: 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,,, and
  20. 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. UCONN WBB fans had some nice comments about her.
  21. 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. 163SHARES SHARE TWEET
  22. USF ATHLETICS WEB LINK: 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.
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