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  2. How early does the pre-game buffet start for MBB and WBB games? Thanks.
  3. What a game. After coming out sluggish they found their feet, then bludgeoned a good Oklahoma squad. These ladies might be good. We find out a lot more after Thanksgiving.
  4. http://www.tampabay.com/sports/usf-bulls/2018/11/16/usfs-kitija-laksa-tears-acl-ending-her-season/
  5. I love the speed of this young lady. Wow. Call me impressed.
  6. TAMPA, Oct. 31, 2018 – USF women's basketball is ranked No. 22 in the Associated Press Preseason Poll, voted on by media members, announced Wednesday morning. USF is one of two American Athletic Conference teams in the top-25. The Bulls, under the direction of 19th-year head coach Jose Fernandez, have made four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances and earned a 26-8 record in 2017-18, and checked out at No. 19 in the final AP poll, and No. 24 in the final USA Today Coaches Poll last season. USF has posted six-straight 20+ win seasons and is one of 15 teams in the nation to post six-straight 22 win seasons. Read on
  7. August 16, 2018 TAMPA, Aug. 16, 2018 – USF Athletics announced a 2 p.m. tip-off when Oklahoma travels to the Yuengling Center on Sunday, Nov. 18. Coming off of a fourth-straight NCAA Tournament berth, USF women's basketball has tallied six consecutive 20-win seasons under head coach Jose Fernandez, finishing 26-8 in 2017-18. Last season, the Bulls fell 79-74 in Norman, Okla., and look forward to facing the Sooners at home in the Yuengling Center in November. In December, USF will make the short trip to Orlando to compete in the Florida Sunshine Classic. The Bulls will face Creighton on Dec. 20 at 6:15 p.m. ET and will see Virginia not 24 hours later when the Cavaliers and USF tip off at 4 p.m. ET on Dec. 21. Ticketing information for the classic will be available at a later date. Rest of article
  8. Round one of Bulls Q and A, starting with the legend of the USF airwaves, Jim Louk. From GoUSFBulls.com: Since 1983, Jim Louk has been the voice of USF Athletics. Louk came to USF that year as the radio play-by-play announcer for the USF men's basketball team and served as the lead voice until the conclusion of the 1996-97 season. He then made the transition to football in USF's inaugural 1997 campaign, and still serves as the team's play-by-play announcer today. You've seen a number of his written features over the years as well. Questions for Jim can range from this season to waaaaaaay back in the beginning of Bulls Football. Jim's Q&A from last season Please get your questions in as fast as you can. Feel free to post them here or email using this email link. My goal is to turn the questions in to Jim be end of day Wednesday, August 15th. Thanks, Brad
  9. JoshuaG

    Looking for support

    Long time no see/post/respond! A couple of buddies and myself have started a new Twitter account to cover sports news as a whole. As the Bull Alumni of the group I wanted to reach out to you all for support! We are all Tampa Bay locals and intend to make Tampa sports a little more of a focus if we can. Eventually we intend to start a podcast. Baby steps... As our following grows we hope to bring USF even more into the twittersphere and hope that support shows how dedicated our students and fans really are! Come follow us on twitter at Relaxing Responsibly_Sports Talk or @R_RSportsTalk Cheers all , Josh -Z-
  10. Thought I would let you know since you may be killing time, waiting for Fall pracitce. The site's official gallery, BullsGallery.com, has been around for more than a decade, but has always floated out there mostly in obscurity. We will be bringing it in house to TheBullsPen.com. 2017 is transferred in, but quality control has to be done still, you can see the pics with this direct link to the 2017 galleries. Many more years to follow. Now it should be seamless to comment on an image, embed in post, share it across the site and social networks. Also, 2018 full galleries will be hosted here. As I move seasons over, they will be deleted from the BullsGallery.com domain. It will probably take a couple months to complete as I believe there are 13-14 thousand pictures.
  11. FORMER USF STAR WILLIAMS SHINING FOR SUN IN HER THIRD WNBA SEASON June 26, 2018 By TOM ZEBOLDUSF Senior WriterTAMPA, JUNE 26, 2018 – Courtney Williams continues to make Bulls fans proud with the way she's progressing at the highest level of women's basketball.In her third season in the WNBA, the former USF star is the third-leading scorer for the Connecticut Sun at 12.5 points per game. The versatile 5-foot-8 guard also ranks third on the team with 6.0 rebounds per game after finishing her collegiate career with the third-most boards in USF history (931)."I never take it for granted. It's something I always wanted to do since I was little," said Williams of her flourishing WNBA career. "Sometimes it's still unbelievable to think about actually being here and playing a role on a team where I can impact it. It's an amazing feeling."Amazing is a good way to describe what Williams accomplished earlier this month.Facing the Washington Mystics on June 13, the highest WNBA Draft pick in USF history poured in a career-high 34 points to set the Sun's new franchise record for scoring in regulation."I think I just got it going," Williams said. "My teammates were getting me open and kept feeding me the ball because I had the hot hand. I was just knocking down shots. It was just one of those nights."Williams sank four three-pointers during her game for the ages and grabbed another franchise record with 15 total made field goals. Scoring 16 points in the third quarter, Williams also helped the Sun match another franchise record by erasing a 30-point deficit to take a lead, a feat that was originally accomplished back in 2010. Twitter Ads info and privacy "Coach is believing in me more and giving me a bigger role," said Williams, who is averaging 26.9 minutes through 13 games (all starts). "I'm just stepping up to the task."Williams built lots of momentum for her third WNBA season by showcasing her game in the land down under in 2017-18.In her first run with the Perth Lynx, Williams ranked second in the Women's National Basketball League with an average of 21.27 points and scored in double figures in all 22 games. Perth head coach Andy Stewart called Williams the best player in the WNBL after she scored 41 points in a win over Adelaide last December."It was super cool out there in Australia. I was playing with some amazing people and had an amazing coach who believed in me whole heartedly," Williams said. "He kind of just let me do what I do. That definitely reminded me of the USF days."No matter where she is in the world, Williams said she still keeps close tabs on the Bulls and was proud to see the program make its fourth straight NCAA tournament appearance last season."I definitely watch and I still follow the Twitter page, so I keep up with the stats," she said. "When I can catch a game, I definitely catch a game." Williams still ranks second on the USF career scoring chart with 2,304 points from 2012-15 and helped the Bulls start a string of six straight 20-plus win seasons."I definitely take pride in going to USF," she said. "I like the culture and tradition that's steadily building and growing at that program. Coach [Jose Fernandez] is doing a great job."Continuing to represent USF well on the pro stage is important to Williams, who gets another opportunity to shine against the Washington Mystics on Tuesday night. The battle for first place in the Eastern Conference standings is set for a 7 p.m. start in Washington, D.C., and fans can watch the game online HERE."It's crazy, it's an amazing feeling playing on this team with our chemistry, our support for one another," said Williams of the 8-5 Sun. "Basketball is fun and playing on this team is more fun." About USF Women's BasketballTo stay up-to-date on the latest USF women's basketball news, follow the Bulls on social media (Twitter | Facebook | Instagram).
  12. HUGHES NAMED WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ASSISTANT COACH; DIRAIMO DIRECTOR OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT TAMPA, MAY --, 2018 – USF women's basketball head coach Jose Fernandez today announced the addition of Danny Hughes as an assistant coach on the Bulls' staff and the promotion of former graduate assistant Dominic DiRaimo to director of player development. Hughes comes to USF after two seasons (2016-18) on the UMass women's basketball coaching staff, serving the last as associate head coach. DiRaimo served last season as a graduate assistant for a Bulls team that posted a 26-8 record and made its fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance. A 2015 graduate of USF, he previously served as a student manager and an assistant to the video coordinator for the Bulls. He had stops as an assistant coach at St. Catherine College and Saint Leo University after graduation.
  13. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: MAY 10, 2018 Follow @USFAthletics On Twitter Like USF Athletics on Facebook WEB LINK: https://bit.ly/2jLITCg Women’s Basketball Signs Five-Star Luize Septe Septe rated a five-star prospect by Passion Hoops and Blue Star Europe, played for Latvian national team TAMPA, MAY 10, 2018 – USF women’s basketball head coach Jose Fernandez announced the addition of another five-star recruit to the Bulls’ 2018 signing class with the signing of 5-11 wing Luize Septe. A native of Ventspils, Latvia, Septe has extensive experience playing in international competition and was tabbed a five-star prospect by both Passion Hoops and Blue Star Europe. She played for the under-18 Latvian national team in the 2017 European Championship, where she averaged eight points, five rebounds, and two assists per game. Septe also played for the under-19 Latvian team at the World Cup last summer. Additionally, Septe was selected as one of 20 players to try out for the Latvia senior national team, which is the same team that current USF standout Kitija Laksa helped to qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup in September. “Luize brings a tremendous skill set and great international experience and we are very excited to welcome her to USF,” Fernandez said. “She comes out of the same club team as Kitija Laksa and has shown the ability to play at a high level while competing with the Latvian national teams. She will be a great fit in our program.” While in Latvia, Septe also started at wing for the club team TTT Riga, which is the same club Laksa played for before coming to Tampa. With TTT Riga, Septe averaged 10.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, and two assists per game while shooting 41.8 percent from the floor and adding 1.8 steals per game. The team recently earned a bronze medal in its league. Septe is the newest member of the Bulls’ 2018 signing class that now numbers five. She joins other late period signees in 5-10 combo guard Sydni Harvey (Nashville, Tenn.), 5-11 shooting guard Makaela Kestner (Bealton, Va.), 5-8 point guard Elisa Pinzan (Murano, Italy) as well as 6-foot wing Iris Tsafara (Athens, Greece), who signed in the early period. Pinzan was also rated a five-star recruit by both Blue Star Europe and Passion Hoops and has international experience, playing for team Italy in the under-18 European Championships and the under-19 World Cup. She averaged eight points, two assists, 2.9 rebounds and two steals per game in the European Championships. Harvey is rated as the No. 28 player at her position in the nation according to ESPN and is the all-time leading scorer in her high school’s history. Kestner holds the Faquier County (Va.) scoring record for boys or girls, scoring more than 1,500 points in her high school career. Tsafara played for the under-18 Ikaros Kallitheas club team in Greece, where she led her team to a second-place finish in the National A2 Division. About USF Women's Basketball To stay up-to-date on the latest USF women's basketball news, follow the Bulls on social media (Twitter | Facebook | Instagram).
  14. FERNANDEZ NAMED COURT COACH FOR USA BASKETBALL U18 NATIONAL TEAM TRIALS TAMPA, MAY 8, 2018 – USF women's basketball head coach Jose Fernandez has been selected to serve as a court coach at the 2018 USA Basketball Women's U18 National Team Trials. Fernandez and University of Georgia head coach Joni Taylor were selected to assist the USA U18 coaching staff of Jeff Walz (Louisville), Natasha Adair(Delaware) and Cori Close during the trials held May 26-28 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The trials will be used to determine finalists for the 2018 USA Women's U18 National Team that will compete in the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship (site and dates are to be announced). Finalists for the team are expected to be announced on May 28.
  15. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: MAY 10, 2018 Follow @USFAthletics On Twitter Like USF Athletics on Facebook WEB LINK: https://bit.ly/2I69k4x USF Women to Face Kentucky, North Carolina and UCLA in Paradise Jam Seniors Kitija Laksa and Laura Ferreira return following fourth straight NCAA appearance TAMPA, MAY 10, 2018 – A USF women’s basketball team that made its fourth straight NCAA tournament appearance in 2018 and finished the season ranked No. 24 will face some of the most recognizable names in college basketball at the 2018 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam, Nov. 22-24. Head coach Jose Fernandez’s 19th USF team will take on Kentucky, North Carolina and UCLA in round-robin play in the Island Division bracket. The three-day tournament features eight programs. Connecticut, Purdue, Ole Miss and St. John’s will compete in the Reef Division bracket. Games will be played at the Virgin Islands’ Sports and Fitness Center in St. Thomas and will be streamed online at FloHoops.com. For more information about the 2018 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam and a printable bracket, please visit www.paradisejam.com. The Bulls will open the tournament on Thursday, Nov. 22 with a 1 p.m. (ET) tip vs. Kentucky in the opening game of the tournament. The Wildcats posted a 15-17 (6-10 SEC) record last season. The game will mark the third meeting between the programs with Kentucky holding a 2-0 lead in the series. The then No. 9-ranked Wildcats posted a 61-57 victory in the teams’ last meeting in the 2014 Paradise Jam. The Bulls will face North Carolina on Friday, Nov. 23 in a 3 p.m. (ET) tip. The Tar Heels posted a 15-16 (4-12 ACC) record last season. The teams have previously split a pair of meetings with USF posting an 83-55 victory in the 2016 Junkanoo Jam. USF’s final game in the Paradise Jam will be played on Saturday, Nov. 24 vs. UCLA in a 3 p.m.(ET) tip. It will mark the second meeting between the programs and first since UCLA posted a close 72-67 victory in the second round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament at Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins posted a 27-8 (14-4 Pac-12) record last season and earned a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament where they advanced to the Elite Eight before falling to Mississippi State. The Bruins were ranked No. 7 in the final USA Today Coaches Poll. USF will be looking to post a seventh straight 20-plus win season in 2018-19. The Bulls return senior starters Kitija Laksa (Riga, Latvia) and Laura Ferreira (Lisboa, Portugal) from a team that posted a 26-8 (13-3 American) record. Laksa earned first-team all-conference and WBCA honorable mention All-America honors for the second straight season after leading the Bulls averaging 21.1 points per game and making 126 threes. About USF Women's Basketball To stay up-to-date on the latest USF women's basketball news, follow the Bulls on social media (Twitter | Facebook | Instagram).
  16. Women's Basketball Adds Three Signees April 11, 2018 TAMPA, APRIL 11, 2018 – Coming off the team's sixth consecutive 20-win season and fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance, USF women's basketball head coach Jose Fernandez and his staff announced the signing of three players as the NCAA signing period began on Wednesday. The Bulls signed 5-10 combo guard Sydni Harvey (Nashville, Tenn.), 5-11 shooting guard Makaela Kestner (Bealton, Va.) and 5-8 point guard Elisa Pinzan (Murano, Italy) to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday. The Bulls are expected to add additional signees as the period continues through May 16. "The class as a whole fits our needs," Fernandez said. "These are high character kids. They're excellent student-athletes that are going to represent our program and the University of South Florida in an unbelievable way." Read on
  17. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com WEB LINK: http://bit.ly/2G0VjD3 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: March 17, 2018 Follow @USFAthletics On Twitter Like USF Athletics on Facebook Laksa Breaks Record as Bulls' Special Season Ends in NCAA First Round By TOM ZEBOLD USF Senior Writer TALLAHASSEE, Fla., MARCH 17, 2018 – Kitija Laksa set USF's new junior scoring record while one of the most successful seasons in Bulls women's basketball history ended in the opening round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday afternoon. No. 19/20 USF had an 11-point advantage in the second quarter but couldn't hold onto the lead in a 102-79 loss to Buffalo at the Tucker Civic Center. USF (26-8) made its fourth straight NCAA tournament trip and fell one victory short of matching the program's season wins record. Laksa set the new USF junior season scoring record of 717 points by pouring in a team-high 28 points. The Riga, Latvia native reached the second-highest point total in program season history by scoring 18 points and making three of her five three-pointers after the break. Maria Jespersen (Arhus, Denmark) posted the 30th double-double of her career, capping off her stellar senior season with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Jespersen moved up to 10th place on USF's all-time scoring list with 1,462 points. Senior point guard Laia Flores (Mataro, Spain) finished with nine points, three rebounds and three assists. Flores broke her own USF assists record with 217 this season. Sophomore forward Tamara Henshaw (Palm Coast, Fla.) gave the Bulls a big boost with six points and four rebounds before leaving the game midway through the second quarter with an injury. Henshaw returned after the break, finishing with 12 points and seven rebounds in 25 minutes. Back in Tallahassee for the second straight postseason, sixth-seeded USF had the momentum early before 11th-seeded Buffalo (28-5) stormed back to take a 43-38 lead into halftime. Making its fourth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance, poised USF built a 6-2 lead from long range with three-pointers by Laksa and Jespersen, who powered the offense early. The double-double machine was already up to 13 points and seven rebounds by the time the Bulls took a 20-11 lead into the second quarter. USF led by 11 early in the second quarter but had to deal with some adversity after Henshaw left the game with an injury midway through the period. Buffalo finished the quarter on a 20-7 run and scored 17 points off 10 USF turnovers in the opening half. Buffalo held a 17-point lead with less than three minutes left in the third quarter before USF heated up and went 8-for-8 from the field down the stretch. Laksa scored five straight points and later completed a three-point play to help the Bulls cut the Buffalo lead to 71-58 by the end of the period. Laksa ended up reaching the 20-point mark for the 18th time this season while Buffalo shot 57 percent from the field with 14 three-pointers in the victory. Quotable Head coach Jose Fernandez's thoughts on the game: "That first quarter, we came out of the media timeout and they went on a 5-0 run. We were up nine going into the second quarter and we didn't close the half. That run was huge, where they hit three threes in that final three and a half minutes. We needed to chip away at the tail end of that third quarter and going into the fourth. Everything went in that third quarter, they shoot 65 percent from the floor. It didn't give us an opportunity to get back into the game with how well they were shooting the ball." Fernandez on the performance by Buffalo: "Buffalo was really, really good. They were special tonight - 14 of 27 from the three-point and they shot close to 60 percent from the floor. That's was sports is all about in the NCAA tournament. You've got to give them credit. They played really, really well." Fernandez on his team continuing to battle: "I'm proud of our (players). We had a really good week of practice. We make no excuses, we got beat by a better team today. That's what sports is all about and that's what this tournament is all about. I think our kids battled, they fought, they played hard and they competed. But we ran into a team that was very, very good today from all facets." Fernandez on what the Bulls can take from this game going into next season with many returners: "We return our front line and Kit. We have a couple (players) sitting out that are really, really good. It's tough because Maria and Laia have meant so much to our program. We came up here last year and lost at the buzzer on a put-back. What you take away from it is, hey we've got to have a great offseason. We're going to have a great nonconference schedule in November and December. You've got to move forward." Key Stats 14 – Buffalo rallied past the Bulls while sinking 14 three-pointers. 25 – Buffalo scored 25 points off 16 USF turnovers. 38 – Despite the loss, USF controlled things inside with a 38-22 scoring advantage in the paint. 57.7 – Buffalo's shooting percentage in the second half. Notable USF finished one victory shy of the program season wins record of 27 set in 2008-09 and 2014-15. USF made its fifth NCAA tournament appearance in the past six seasons and the program's sixth overall trip. Kitija Laksa passed the 20-point mark for the 36th time in her career and the 18th time this season. Laksa's 28 points rank third on USF's NCAA tournament game scoring chart. Laksa's 717 points this season broke the USF junior scoring record that was previously held by Courtney Williams (710 points, 2014-15). Laksa's 717 points rank second on USF's all-time season scoring chart behind Williams' 763 points in 2015-16. Maria Jespersen posted the 30th double-double of her career and 18th of the season with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Jespersen and Laia Flores became USF's first graduating class to reach four NCAA tournaments and surpass 100 career wins in four seasons. About USF Women's Basketball To stay up-to-date on the latest USF women's basketball news, follow the Bulls on social media (Twitter | Facebook | Instagram).
  18. On March 25th both USF Club Basketball teams competed in the championship of the Swamp Shootout at UF. USF Men’s Club Basketball are your 2018 Swamp Shootout champions! With this victory, they have gained free entry into the NIRSA national tournament at the Ohio State University! USF Women’s Club Basketball did not win it all but played hard in the championship game against a tough Georgia Tech team. I wasn't there to watch. Just figured I'd share this cool news with the USF sports community. Go Bulls! https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=986660128153107&id=395210627298063
  19. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com WEB LINK: http://bit.ly/2G7qu0s AP Release: http://bit.ly/2pHirxa FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: March 27, 2018 Follow @USFAthletics On Twitter Like USF Athletics on Facebook Jespersen Named AP All-America Honorable Mention Maria Jespersen became the second player in program history to receive the honor. TAMPA, MARCH 27, 2018 – The postseason accolades continue to pour in for Maria Jespersen as the senior was named an Associated Press (AP) All-America Honorable Mention, the organization announced Monday. Jespersen became the second player in program history to receive the honor. Jespersen (Arhus, Denmark) was one of 23 student-athletes to be listed as honorable mentions. The AP all-america team consists of three teams, each with five players. Jespersen joins fellow American Athletic Conference senior Kia Nurse as an honorable mention. Jespersen joins Courtney Williams (’16), who was a two-time AP all-america honorable mention, as the only student-athletes in program history to be recognized by the AP as all-americans. The senior led The American with 18 double-doubles as a senior. Jespersen finished her her storied USF career as one of six players to surpass 1,000 points and 800 rebounds. In four seasons, Jespersen collected 1,462 points and 891 rebounds. The two-time American Athletic Conference first team selection finishes her career No. 10 on the all-time scoring list and her 891 rebounds rank No. 5 on the all-time list. Jespersen led the Bulls with 329 rebounds this season, which ranked No. 4 on the Bulls all-time season rebounds list. Jespersen is just the fourth player in program history to score 600 points in a season, joining all-time greats Courtney Williams (’16), Jessica Dikson (’07) and teammate Kitija Laksa. The senior led USF to four-straight NCAA tournament appearances and is a part of the first graduating class to collect over 100 wins. Jespersen was named The American’s Most Improved Player of the Year as a junior and was a two-time all-championship team selection.
  20. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com WEB LINK: http://bit.ly/2G7qu0s FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: March 26, 2018 Follow @USFAthletics On Twitter Like USF Athletics on Facebook Laksa and Jespersen Named All-Region Nominees USF’s dynamic duo was recognized by the WBCA and are eligible for its All-America team TAMPA, MARCH 26, 2018 – University of South Florida’s dynamic duo of Kitija Laksa and Maria Jespersen were named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-Region 3 team last week. The pair are two of 52 players now eligible for the 10-member WBCA All-America team. Laksa (Riga, Latvia) was a WBCA Honorable Mention last season and was an all-region selection a year ago. The pair are guaranteed to earn all-america honorable mention status by their selection to the all-region team. Laksa solidified her status as one of the greatest scorers in USF program history by netting 717 points as a junior. The total broke Courtney William’s junior class record of 710 points set in the 2014-15 season. Laksa’s 717 points is the second highest single-season point total in program history. Laksa has now amassed 1,715 points in three years which rank sixth in the all-time scoring list. The shooting guard will enter her senior season 58 points shy of becoming one of the top-5 scorers in program history. Laksa set a new standard of precision from the free-throw line. She shot 96.5 percent from the charity stripe and only missed four attempts the entire year. The junior finished the year with 126 three-point field goals, just three shy of the NCAA record set last year. Jespersen finished her storied USF career as one of six players to surpass 1,000 points and 800 rebounds. The forward led the Bulls with 329 rebounds, which ranked No. 4 on the Bulls all-time rebounding list. The senior led USF to four-straight NCAA tournament appearances and is a part of the first graduating class to collect over 100 wins. Jespersen led The American with 18 double-doubles as a senior. About USF Women's Basketball To stay up-to-date on the latest USF women's basketball news, follow the Bulls on social media (Twitter | Facebook | Instagram).
  21. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com WEB LINK: http://bit.ly/2DjvAQR NCAA Interactive Bracket FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: March 12, 2018 Follow @USFAthletics On Twitter Like USF Athletics on Facebook Bulls Return to Tallahassee for NCAA First Round USF was given a six-seed in the Albany Region and will face 11-seed Buffalo Saturday. TAMPA, MARCH 12, 2018 – The USF women’s basketball team is no stranger to the six-11 match-up in the NCAA Tournament. For the fourth consecutive season, the Bulls will play in the six-11 pairing in the NCAA First Round. The Bulls return to Tallahassee, Fla. this weekend. The sixth-seeded Bulls will face Buffalo Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Seniors Maria Jespersen and Laia Flores became the program’s first graduating senior class to make four trips to the NCAA Tournament Monday night. The Bulls will face Buffalo in the second game of the Tallahassee pod. The game will tip at 1:30 p.m. and will be televised regionally on ESPN2. Third-seeded Florida State will play host to the first and second rounds and the Seminoles will face 14-seed Little Rock at 11 a.m. at the Tucker Center. Ticket Info Tickets for Saturday'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 Little Rock (23-9). Florida State lost in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament, 90-80, to Notre Dame. Little Rock earned one of 32 automatic bids as the Sun Belt Champions. Buffalo lost in the MAC Tournament Championship to Central Michigan. · American Athletic Conference foe, UConn, is again the overall No. 1 seed of the tournament and the Albany Region. Mississippi State is the No. 1 seed of the Kansas City Region and Notre Dame is the No. 1 seed in the Spokane Region. Louisville is the No. 1 seed in Lexington Region. · The first round of the NCAA Tournament will be played on March 16 & 18. The second round will be played March 17 & 19. The Regionals will be played March 23-26. The Final Four will take place March 30-April 1 in Columbus, Ohio. Notables The Bulls are making their fifth tournament appearance in the last six seasons and the program's sixth overall trip. This is the fourth consecutive year USF will make an NCAA appearance. USF will play in the 6/11 match-up for the fourth consecutive year and are 2-1 in its previous first round appearances of the match-up. The Bulls were seeded sixth in 2014-15 and 2015-16 and seeded 11th in 2016-17. USF defeated 11-seed Colorado State 48-45 in 2016 and LSU 73-64 in 2015. The Bulls finished the regular season with 24 wins, the most in program history. USF tacked on two more wins in the American Athletic Conference Tournament and is one win away from tying the program’s highest win total in history (27). Previously, USF has been seeded as highly 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. About USF Women's Basketball To stay up-to-date on the latest USF women's basketball news, follow the Bulls on social media (Twitter | Facebook | Instagram).
  22. WOMEN'S BASKETBALL SET FOR SELECTION MONDAY March 08, 2018 TAMPA, MARCH 8, 2018 – The USF women's basketball team will host an NCAA Tournament selection party Monday starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Fifth Third Bank Club at the Sun Dome Monday. Fans are invited to join the Bulls and watch the madness unfold live on ESPN's exclusive live announcement of the 64-team NCAA Tournament field. Fans will have the opportunity to mingle with the student-athletes and coaching staff before settling in to see who the Bulls will face in the first and second rounds. Coach Fernandez will address the crowd after USF is selected and talk about potential matchups in the tournament. Light refreshments will be available prior to the start of the show. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and fans and media can enter through Gate C with no admission cost. The 2018 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship bracket will be announced Monday on ESPN at 7 p.m. USF (27-7) is a candidate to host first- and second-round games March 16-19 at the Sun Dome. The Bulls are fresh off their fourth consecutive American Athletic Conference Championship final. USF will make its fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and play in its fifth tournament in six seasons.About USF Women's BasketballTo stay up-to-date on the latest USF women's basketball news, follow the Bulls on social media (Twitter | Facebook | Instagram).