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  1. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE USF Women's Basketball Inks Finnish National Team Guard Janette Aarnio Aarnio has extensive national team experience including with the Finland Senior National Women’s Team TAMPA (April 15, 2021) – University of South Florida head women’s basketball coach Jose Fernandez announced on Friday the signing of Janette Aarnio to a National Letter of Intent during the recent spring signing period. She is expected to make an immediate impact during the 2022-23 season. Aarnio is the second player to sign this week with the Bulls, joining former McDonald’s All American and Syracuse transfer, Priscilla Williams. "Janette is another experienced, versatile guard that has played this game at the highest level internationally,” said Fernandez. “She embodies everything that we expect in a player that is in our program." A 5-foot-11 guard, Aarnio currently plays for the Helsinki Basketball Academy (HBA) where she is averaging 14.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 points per game while helping to guide her team to the upcoming league semifinals, a first in HBA’s history. HBA also set a team single season-record for wins with 16 playing primarily against professional competition. No stranger to international experience, Aarnio was a member of the Finland U16 National Team where she helped lead her country to a bronze medal in the FIBA U16 European Championships. During the tournament, she averaged 15.5 points per game along with 4.0 assists and 3.8 steals per outing, while also shooting 41.6 percent from the field. In the opener against Albania, Aarnio nearly posted a quadruple-double with 17 points, 11 rebounds, seven steals and six assists. She also poured in 20 points and had eight steals against Bosnia and Herzegovina during the group phase, before eventually netting 19 points and grabbing nine rebounds in the bronze medal game against Belarus. Aarnio has also spent time with the Finland Senior National Team, playing four games and averaging 9.8 points per contest before being sidelined due to an injury. In addition, Aarnio has been part of three Nordic Championships and has been a three-time all-star. This past season, South Florida posted a 24-9 overall record, and a 12-3 mark in the American Athletic Conference, and capped off the season with its eighth NCAA Tournament appearance, and its seventh trip to the Big Dance in the last 10 years. Included in their 24 wins were victories over No. 9 Oregon, 71-62, in the third-place game of the Inaugural Women’s Battle 4 Atlantis, and a thrilling 57-54 win over defending national champion and No. 7-ranked Stanford.
  2. Women's basketball faced with roster concerns due to transfer portal The OracleView the full article
  3. Bethy Mununga Looks to Put an Exclamation Point on Her Final Chapter March 17, 2022 Story Links Game Notes (PDF) Watch Live | Listen Live | Live Stats | Media Central | Tournament Central | Tournament Guide (PDF) GAME 33 | THURS, MARCH 18, 2022 | 11: A.M. | ESPN2 NCAA TOURNAMENT FIRST ROUND | COLUMBIA, S.C. | COLONIAL LIFE ARENA GAMEDAY INFORMATION TV/Online: ESPN2/ESPN+ ($) Courtney Lyle (PxP), Carolyn Peck (Color) Audio: Bulls Unlimited (iHeartRadio/GoUSFBulls.com) Darek Sharp (PxP) Live Stats: GoUSFBulls.com Series: Miami leads series, 27-11 Twitter Updates: @USFWBB Tickets: NCAATickets.com -/RV (9) USF BULLS | 24-8 Last Game: March 10 vs. Central Florida, L, 53-45 Next Game: March 20 vs. (1) S. Carolina/(16) Howard/UIW (if nec.) Head Coach: Jose Fernandez Alma Mater: FIU, 1994 Career Record: 416-284 (22nd season) at USF: Same RV/- (8) MIAMI (FLA.) HURRICANES | 20-12 Last Game: March 6 vs. NC State, L, 60-47 Next Game: March 20 vs. (1) S. Carolina/(16) Howard/UIW (if nec.) Head Coach: Katie Meier Alma Mater: Duke, 1989 Career Record: 399-255 (21st season) at Miami: 323-210 (17th season) By Joey Johnston Her name is Bethy Mununga. For the record, it's pronounced "Betty.'' Simple enough, right? Not really. "I feel so special because I have so many names,'' said Mununga, the USF senior, with a laugh. "I have been called Beth or Elizabeth. Or Bethany. At a team breakfast, someone called me Stephanie.'' One thing is certain, though. Mununga, a 6-foot forward from Belgium, has made an unmistakable name for herself with the No. 9-seeded Bulls (24-8), who face the No. 8 Miami Hurricanes (20-12) in Friday's NCAA Women's Basketball first-round game at Columbia, S.C. Mununga is the nation's eighth-leading rebounder and she averages a double-double (10.7 points, 11.6 rebounds per game). She's third all-time in USF career rebounds and needs 41 to join Alisia Jenkins (1,284) and Wanda Guyton (1,077) as the program's only 1,000-rebound players. Now the clock is ticking. Mununga, a two-time junior-college All-American, utilized her bonus COVID season for a third year at USF. She will make her second straight NCAA Tournament appearance before undoubtedly heading off to a professional basketball career. "I want it to last as long as it possibly can,'' said Mununga, 24. The Hurricanes, which reached the ACC Tournament championship game, will be a formidable challenge. If successful, the Bulls might contend with the tournament's overall No. 1 seed, South Carolina, on its home floor during the second round with USF playing for the first Sweet 16 berth in program history. Either way, it figures to be a memorable finish to Mununga's ultra-productive career. As a two-time All-American Athletic Conference selection, she will leave with two bachelor's degrees (health science and communications), along with the status as one of the best players in program history. "Bethy has always been there for us,'' Bulls point guard Elisa Pinzan said. "She's super important to everything we do. She's just a beast. She's a big reason for our success.'' Mununga has 33 double-doubles in her 84 career USF games, plus 56 games with 10-plus rebounds. It's a testament to her athleticism and determination because she often matches up with players who are taller. Without shoes, Mununga said she's 5-11 3/4 (but much taller with the shoes and her hair in an upright bun). On first glance, though, some opponents have been unimpressed. "Whenever I'm on the court, I'm at a disadvantage because of my height,'' Mununga said. "My first year here, my matchup walked by, looked at me and said, 'Oh, you're that girl?' I was like, 'Whoa. Hold on. I may be short, but I play big.' "She sounded so confident, like it was going to be easy. I just smiled at her. Well, it wasn't so easy. Those kind of comments make me laugh and work even more. Another girl might be bigger, but I'm more hungry.'' That hunger has been evident in Mununga's game since she was forced into basketball by her father. She had been a track and field athlete — a good one — but she felt awkward offensively in basketball. Scoring was a problem. Rebounding and defense? They came naturally. Effort wasn't a problem. "I can't tell you how high I jump unless I see it in a picture,'' Mununga said. "I see the ball and I go get it. I will jump over someone if I need to. Whatever it takes. So it's more of a determination thing. I just want to get all the rebounds and I don't even know how many I'm getting. "I still feel I have a long way to go. I'm still trying to improve. But when I got 23 rebounds against Stanford (the defending national champion), I said, 'OK, Bethy, you did something. Give yourself some credit.' But I didn't think about it too long. I have to keep working. I want to keep challenging myself.'' Bulls coach Jose Fernandez said "the sky's the limit'' in terms of Mununga's development, where her rebounding is supremely good and her shooting range is ever improving. Her basketball, like her life, has been an evolution. After her birth in the Central Africa region now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), she was an infant when her family moved to Zellik, Belgium, a suburb on the northwest edge of Brussels. Mununga speaks fluent French and a little Dutch. She knows the African dialects of Swahili and Lingala. Learning English was more interesting. She barely knew a word of it when she arrived at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, teaching herself by watching movies, interacting with other students, listening to cafeteria conversations and struggling through her classes. She averaged 17.5 points and 13.5 rebounds for the Lady Norse, while leading the nation in field-goal percentage (64.9). It was an easy transition to USF, where the big numbers have continued. "USF has gone by fast, but it has been great,'' Mununga said. "I think right now we are in a good place mentally. We have a senior group that knows what it takes, so let's see what happens. "No matter who we play, we will be confident. We proved we were good in the Bahamas (when the Bulls beat a pair of top 10-ranked teams, Oregon and Stanford). We know what it takes to get further. After that, I'm open as to what happens in my future. I would never say no to the WNBA because that's a big deal. But I'm ready to go where I need to go in the world. I feel I am ready for the next step.'' The final chapter has arrived. Bulls vs. Hurricanes — and perhaps a lot more. She can play free and easy, full of joy, confident in her accomplishments. Mununga already has made a name for herself.
  4. Our team was lined up for the anthem and conference officials made them get off the court before playing it. WTF?
  5. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE South Florida Places Three on Women’s Basketball AAC-All-Conference Team Elena Tsineke was named First Team All-AAC, Bethy Mununga and Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu earn Second Team honors. IRVING, Texas (March 6, 2022) – University of South Florida women's basketball standout guard Elena Tsineke and forwards Bethy Mununga and Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu were rewarded for their impressive seasons by the American Athletic Conference when the league's postseason awards were announced on Sunday. Click here for the American Athletic Conference Tournament Central page. Click here for a printable tournament bracket. Tsineke earned First Team All-Conference honors for the second-straight season after starting her career with the Bulls as The American Rookie of the Year and a Third-Team selection in 2019-20. The sophomore guard leads South Florida in scoring, averaging 13.9 points per game. She has poured in double figures in 23 of the 28 games she has played, including 18 of the last 20 outings, and fell one point shy of tying her career-high when she netted 30 points in the Bulls’ win against Tulsa on Jan. 19. She also became the 26th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point plateau when she did it against Houston on March 2. Tsineke is shooting just under 40 percent from the field and is hitting 82.3 percent of her shots from the charity stripe. She has shot 50 percent or better from the field 10 times, including at a 63.6 percent (7-for-11) against Houston, en route to a game-high 18 points. In addition, Tsineke was named to the All-Tournament Team at the inaugural women’s Battle 4 Atlantis, averaging 12.6 points and 6.0 rebounds, plus 2.7 assists and 1.7 steals per game. She started off the tournament with back-to-back 17-point games against Syracuse and UConn and helped to lead the Bulls to a 2-1 record and a third-place finish with wins against Syracuse (77-53) on Nov. 20 and No. 9/9 Oregon (71-62) on Nov. 22 in the tournament finale. South Florida’s only loss was a 60-53 setback to No. 2/2 UConn on Nov. 21. Tsineke is also just sixth USF women’s player in the history of the program to earn multiple first-team all-conference honors, along with Courtney Williams (3 AAC), Jessica Dickson (2 Big East, 1 C-USA), Kitija Laksa (2 AAC), Maria Jespersen (2 AAC) and Angie Snyder (1 Metro, 1 Sun Belt). Mununga, a senior forward, continues to prove that she is one of the most dominating rebounders in women’s college basketball. She earned second team honors after averaging a double-double with 11.0 points and 11.3 rebounds per game. Her rebounding average is first in the AAC and 16th in the nation, while her 328 rebounds are tops in The American and ninth nationally. Mununga has been a double-double machine, recording 12 of her 32-career double-doubles this season. The 12 this year rank first in the American and 31st in Division I. Of the 12 double-double performances, two of them were 20-rebound games – in back-to-back outings – against Stanford when she hauled down a career-high 23 and 20 at UT Arlington. In addition, Mununga enters the American Athletic Conference Tournament fourth on the school’s all-time rebounding list with 917 for her career and needing just 15 from moving into sole possession of third all-time. Fankam Mendjiadeu has been a force inside for South Florida all season. The senior earned her second-team honors after averaging 11.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per outing. Like Mununga, Fankam Mendjiadeu has recorded seven double-doubles on the year and 32 for her career. A transfer from Memphis, Fankam Mendjiadeu has logged 17 double-figure scoring games, including a career-high-tying 23 points at Tulane on Jan. 12 and 22 points at Virginia Commonwealth on Dec. 12. During her three seasons at Memphis and USF, Fankam Mendjiadeu boasts 688 rebounds for her career, 220 this season. The 2021 Air Force Reserve American Athletic Conference Tournament will take place March 7-10 at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas. This season’s honorees will lead the Bulls (22-7, 12-3 AAC) into their AAC Tournament quarterfinal matchup on Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET (ESPN+) against the winner of the first-round game between seventh-seeded Memphis and 10th-seeded East Carolina. The winner of the quarterfinal game will advance to the semifinals on Wednesday at 7 p.m. (ESPN+). The American championship game is slated for Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on ESPNU. The Bulls are 12-7 all-time in the AAC Tournament and have advanced to at least the semifinal round in each of the previous seven tournaments and to the championship game four times (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018). Below is the complete 2022 Air Force Reserve American Athletic Conference tournament schedule. First Round - Monday, March 7 Game 1 (ESPN+) No. 9 Wichita State vs. No. 8 Tulsa – 2 p.m. ET Game 2 (ESPN+) No. 10 East Carolina vs. No. 7 Memphis – 4 p.m. ET Game 3 (ESPN+) No. 11 Cincinnati vs. No. 6 Houston – 6 p.m. ET Quarterfinals - Tuesday, March 8 Game 4 (ESPN+) 8/9 winner vs. No. 1 UCF – 1 p.m. ET Game 5 (ESPN+) No. 5 SMU vs. No. 4 Temple – 3 p.m. ET Game 6 (ESPN+) 7/10 winner vs. No. 2 South Florida – 7 p.m. ET Game 7 (ESPN+) 6/11 winner vs. No. 3 Tulane – 9 p.m. ET Semifinals - Wednesday, March 9 Game 8 (ESPN+) Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner – 5 p.m. ET Game 9 (ESPN+) Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 winner – 7 p.m. ET Final - Thursday, March 10 Game 10 (ESPNU) Semifinal winners – 9 p.m. ET
  6. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Click here to follow USF Women’s Basketball on Twitter Click here to like USF Women’s Basketball on Facebook Elena Tsineke’s Quiet Approach Leading South Florida into The AAC Tournament The Bulls will begin postseason play on Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET against either Memphis or East Carolina in the AAC quarterfinals. Watch Live | Listen Live | Live Stats | Media Central | Tournament Guide GAME 30 | TUE., MARCH 8, 2022 | 7 P.M. ET | ESPN+ ($) AAC TOURNAMENT QUARTERFINAL | FORT WORTH, TEXAS | DICKIES ARENA GAMEDAY INFORMATION TV/Video: ESPN+ ($) Tiffany Greene (PxP), Brooke Weisbrod (Color), Morgan Uber (Sideline) Audio: Bulls Unlimited (iHeartRadio/GoUSFBulls.com) Darek Sharp (PxP) Live Stats: GoUSFBulls.com Twitter Updates: @USFWBB (2) -/RV USF BULLS | 22-7 Last Game: March 2 vs. Houston, W, 71-38 Next Game: March 8 vs. (7) Memphis/(10) ECU Head Coach: Jose Fernandez Alma Mater: FIU, 1994 Career Record: 414-283 (22nd season) at USF: Same VS. (7) MEMPHIS TIGERS | 11-15 Last Game: March 2 vs. East Carolina, W, 56-53 Next Game: March 8 vs. USF (if nec.), 7 p.m. ET Head Coach: Katrina Merriweather Alma Mater: Cincinnati, 2001 Career Record: 128-58 (Sixth season) at Memphis: 15-11 (First season) OR (10) ECU PIRATES | 11-17 Last Game: March 2 at Memphis, L, 56-53 Next Game: March 8 vs. USF (if nec.), 7 p.m. ET Head Coach: Kim McNeill Alma Mater: Richmond, 2000 Career Record: 87-90 (Sixth season) at East Carolina: 28-52 (Third season) By Joey Johnston She had just become the 26th player in USF women’s basketball history to achieve 1,000 career points — and she did it with at least one season to spare. She would soon be named first-team All-American Athletic Conference, becoming only the sixth player in program history to be selected first-team all-conference in multiple seasons. But for Bulls sophomore Elena Tsineke — 5-foot-8 guard from Thessaloniki, Greece, basketball artist, relentless perfectionist — that wasn’t enough to affect her well-worn routine of preparation. “I’m very grateful for what I have done here and for the people who support me,’’ Tsineke said. “But I do play for myself. I know what I need to do and what I need to keep doing. The 1,000 points is a great achievement, but there is so much room for improvement.’’ The Bulls, who begin defense of their American Athletic Conference Tournament championship on Tuesday night (7 p.m. ET, ESPN+) at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas, rely on Tsineke’s goal-oriented drive. She led USF in scoring (13.9 points per game) for the second straight season. But players view her approach almost as a curiosity. “If you come home late from a game and you are tired, she is the one who wants to go to the gym and get up some shots,’’ Bulls forward Bethy Mununga said. “I think it could be 3 in the morning and she would be out there shooting. We are inspired by her. No one works harder.’’ Sometimes, USF coach Jose Fernandez said it’s a good idea for Tsineke to pull back and maybe rest a bit. Being on point — always — can be exhausting. Then again … “El is her own hardest critic, very hard on herself,’’ Fernandez said. “But most guys who are really, really good in basketball, they take things personally. That’s why she’s really good.’’ There is another side to Tsineke, light-hearted, almost playful. She likes to dance. She likes to sing. “Usually when I’m by myself,’’ she said. “Oh, if you make me, I might sing for you. I like a lot of Christian songs.’’ Faith has always been vital for Tsineke. “It’s the first thing,’’ she said. She likes the traditions and dogma of the Greek Orthodox Church in her homeland, but for her, faith is about much more than organized religion. “I like going to church, but it’s more about my personal relationship with God and doing the right thing for others,’’ Tsineke said. Tsineke is quiet and studious, a friend to all, but always on schedule and properly polite. She values family and misses her parents — her father is an obstetrician and her mother is a tax officer — along with her three siblings. She especially misses her twin sister, Katerina, who now plays at Montana after beginning her American collegiate career at East Carolina. “My twin is my twin and nothing will change that,’’ Tsineke said. “I won’t ever be closer to any other person than my twin because she has been with me since the beginning. We didn’t want to play together (at the same school) because we wanted to go our separate ways to see what we can do.’’ At USF, Tsineke has done plenty. She has twice led the Bulls in scoring. This season, she has scored in double figures during 23 of the 28 games she has played, while shooting 82.3 percent from the free-throw line. The Bulls have gone 60-24 during her three seasons. It’s exactly what she had in mind when USF coaches discovered her at the under-20 European Championships in Hungary. She had followed American college women’s basketball — UConn, of course — but wasn’t familiar with USF. She quickly became interested. “I really liked the people,’’ Tsineke said. “I could sense it would be like family. The weather was more like Greece, warmer weather, so maybe it would seem like home.’’ Actually, Tampa is nothing like Thessaloniki, a Greek port city on the Thermaic Gulf of the Aegean Sea. Centuries ago, the city that was formed in 315 B.C., went on a building kick, constructing Aristotle Square, the Church of Saint Demetrius, Thessaloniki Concert Hall. The city was one of the early centers of Christianity. When the Apostle Paul wrote two letters to the new church at Thessaloniki, scholars believed that the First Epistle to the Thessalonians was in fact the first written book of the New Testament. Tsineke and her family were surrounded by history, heritage and culture. She misses that occasionally, but basketball has prevented her from seeking out other Greek students on USF’s campus. She has visited the Greek community at Tarpon Springs and is always heartened when she hears someone proclaim, “Opa!’’ It’s a Greek expression that symbolizes enthusiasm or surprise. “When someone says that word, I think, ‘Oh, that’s my friend,’ ‘’ Tsineke said. Overall, though, Tsineke said she is rarely homesick, other than the times that she misses her family. “There are not as many opportunities in Greece,’’ Tsineke said. “I am very fortunate to be here. I would like to pursue basketball beyond college. “I love basketball so much. It’s not just a sport. It’s a life thing. I feel like basketball affects all areas of my life. It’s a great combination and I can’t get enough of it.’’ Tsineke’s exacting standards can get overwhelming, though. Even she acknowledges that when she burns out with too much activity, her game tends to suffer. Her goal is to seek consistency and purpose. At the moment, that means another AAC Tournament title for USF and a deep run into the NCAA Tournament. “I will always put my heart out there and play super hard,’’ Tsineke said. “I will try not to be so hard on myself, but I can’t help it. I want to win. I want the best for myself and my teammates. We can’t be satisfied. We have to keep working and keep improving.’’ As always.
  7. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Click here to follow USF Women’s Basketball on Twitter Click here to like USF Women’s Basketball on Facebook South Florida Closes Out Regular-Season Road Slate With A Big Win at ECU, 68-60 Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu had 18 points and 17 rebounds; Elisa Pinzan 18 points, nine assists. Game Details -/RV South Florida 68, East Carolina 60 USF (21-7, 11-3 AAC), East Carolina (11-16, 4-10 AAC) Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022 | 1 p.m. | ESPN+ Greenville, N.C. | Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum GREENVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 27, 2022) — The University of South Florida women’s basketball team got 18 points and a career-high-tying 17 rebounds from Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu and 18 points, and nine assists from Elisa Pinzan as the Bulls picked up a big American Athletic Conference road win at East Carolina on Sunday, 68-60. The Bulls, who have won four straight and 12 of their last 15 games, improve to 21-7 on the year and 11-3 in The American. The Pirates fall to 11-16 overall and 4-10 in league play. In addition to Fankam Mendjiadeu and Pinzan, Elena Tsineke added nine points – 10 shy of 1,000 for her career – and Bethy Mununga chipped in with eight points and nine rebounds. Mununga became just the fifth player in program history to grab 900 career rebounds. The Bulls held their biggest lead of the game in the first quarter, 14-4, on a three-point shot by Maria Alvarez with just over two minutes left in the first stanza, but the contest tightened up with seven ties and six lead changed the rest of the way. The Bulls led 30-27 at the half and 45-41 at the end of the third quarter, but Fankam Mendjiadeu took the contest over scoring 13 of her 18 points in the second half, including seven points in the fourth quarter where South Florida outscored East Carolina, 23-19, to secure the win. In addition, Pinzan logged 12 of her 18 points in the second stanza, including a 6-for-6 clip from the free-throw line in the final quarter, all coming in the last 38 seconds of the game. Notable Sunday’s starters for the Bulls were: G Elisa Pinzan, G Sydni Harvey, W Elena Tsineke, F Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu, and F Bethy Mununga … The Bulls are 12-3 with this lineup. South Florida’s win over East Carolina improves its record in the all-time series to 12-7. With her second rebound on Sunday against ECU, Bethy Mununga had become just the fifth player in program history to haul down 900 rebounds or more. Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu’s 18 points and career-high-tying 17 rebounds mark her 32nd career double-double and her seventh of the season. Maria Alvarez came off the bench to grab a season-high five rebounds, one shy of tying her career-high. Up Next The Bulls close out their regular season campaign on March 2 at 7 p.m. (ESPN+) against Houston on Senior Night, before heading to Fort Worth, Texas for the American Athletic Conference Tournament, March 7-10 at Dickies Arena.
  8. I was not able to see the game, but it looks like the wheels really came off - 27% shooting (10% behind the arc) The rebounding seemed ok and 17 turnovers were not a killer, so was it poor shot selection or were they just not falling?
  9. No. 24 USF Looks to Get back on the Court at Tulane on Wednesday January 11, 2022 Story Links Game Notes (PDF) TAMPA (Jan. 11, 2022) – The University of South Florida women's basketball team looks to get back on the hardwood on Wednesday as the Bulls travel to New Orleans to face Tulane at Fogelman Arena. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET with the game airing on ESPN+. South Florida had its second game in the past three postponed on Sunday when there were COVID-19 concerns within the Wichita State program. The Bulls' original conference opener against Memphis, scheduled for Jan. 2 at the Yuengling Center, was postponed due to health and safety protocols within the South Florida program. The Bulls, ranked 24th in this week's Associated Press and USA Today/WBCA Coaches top-25 polls, looks for their seventh win in their last eight games, and 19th-straight against the Green Wave. Elena Tsineke leads two players in double-digits in the scoring column, netting 13.9 points per game, and is sixth in The American in scoring. Sydni Harvey is also averaging double digits, scoring 11.2 points per outing. Bethy Mununga (9.9 ppg), Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu (9.7 ppg), and Elisa Pinzan (9.7 ppg) are all just shy of averaging double-figure points per game. Mununga also leads The American, and is seventh in the nation, averaging 11.8 rebounds per game, and is tops in the conference and third in the nation in total rebounds (177), while Pinzan leads the conference, and 13th in the nation in assists per contest dishing out 5.9 per outing and is first in total assists (83) which is good enough for ninth in the nation. Can't make it out to catch the Bulls? All USF games will be aired live on ESPN+. Subscriptions for the ESPN+ app are $6.99 monthly or $69.99 annually and can be packaged with Hulu and Disney+ streaming services. A step-by-step guide for subscribing to ESPN+ is located here. Watch Live | Listen Live | Live Stats | Media Central GAME 16 | WED., JAN. 12 | 7 P.M. ET | NEW ORLEANS, LA. | FOGELMAN ARENA GAMEDAY INFORMATION TV/Online: ESPN+ ($) Jack Benjamin (PxP), Tiffany Aidoo (Color) Audio: Bulls Unlimited 2 (iHeartRadio/GoUSFBulls.com) Darek Sharp (PxP) Live Stats: GoUSFBulls.com/StatBroadcast Series: South Florida leads series, 27-19 Twitter Updates: @USFWBB Tickets: TulaneGreenWave.com No. 24/24 USF BULLS | 11-4, 1-0 AAC Last Game: Jan. 9 vs. Wichita State, Postponed Next Game: Jan. 16 at Central Florida, 3 p.m. Head Coach: Jose Fernandez Alma Mater: FIU, 1994 Career Record: 403-280 (22nd season) at USF: Same TULANE GREEN WAVE | 8-4, 0-1 AAC Last Game: Jan. 5 vs. Houston, L, 54-47 Next Game: Jan. 15 at SMU, 2 p.m. Head Coach: Lisa Stockton Alma Mater: Wake Forest, 1986 Career Record: 611-331 (31st season) at Tulane: 548-304 (28th season) QUICK HITS - South Florida had its game against Wichita State, scheduled for Jan. 9 at home, postponed due to COVID concerns within the Shockers' program ... It was the Bulls' second game postponed due to COVID. - The Bulls are coming off a 61-46 win at Cincinnati on Jan. 5 in the AAC opener for both schools ... Elena Tsineke led the way with a game-high 21 points while Bethy Mununga added 14 points and 15 rebounds and Maria Alvarez had 13 points. - South Florida is currently ranked No. 24 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, not moving from the previous week ... In addition, the Bulls remain at No. 24 in the most recent USA Today/WBCA Coaches Poll. SCOUTING TULANE - Tulane enters its game with South Florida with an 8-4 overall record and an 0-1 mark in The American, following its 54-47 loss to Central Florida at home on Jan. 5 ... The setback, for the Green Wave, was their third in the last five games after starting the season 6-1. - Baylor transfer Moon Ursin is one of four players averaging double figures for the Green Wave, leading the team in scoring, averaging 14.4 points per game ... Krystal Freeman is second, netting 12.9 points per outing, and Dynah Jones and Arsula Clark are third and fourth, averaging 12.5 and 10.8 points per contest, respectively ... Ursin also leads Tulane on the boards, grabbing 10.2 rebounds per game, followed by Freeman at 7.9 per outing. THE SERIES AGAINST THE GREEN WAVE - Wednesday marks the 47th meeting between South Florida and Tulane, with the Bulls holding a 27-19 series lead, dating back to Feb. 3, 1992 ... South Florida has won 18 straight and 21 of the last 22 games played ... The Bulls and Green Wave last met on March 10, 2021, in the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament. UP NEXT FOR USF - Following the meeting at Tulane, South Florida will head east on Interstate-4 for the first edition of the War on I-4 against Central Florida on Sunday at 3 p.m. (ESPNU) before returning home for two-straight at the Yuengling Center against Tulsa on Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. (ESPN+) and Temple on Jan. 22 at 3 p.m. (ESPN+).
  10. 2 tix with lunch. Section 103 seats 5&6. Seats are on the rail at mid-court. PM ph# and my wife will send them to you.
  11. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Click here to follow USF Women’s Basketball on Twitter Click here to like USF Women’s Basketball on Facebook No. 24 USF WBB Tips Off American Athletic Conference play at Cincinnati Bulls looking forward to getting back on the court after their original conference opener on Sunday was postponed TAMPA (Jan. 4, 2022) – The University of South Florida women’s basketball team heads back on the road as it looks to tipoff American Athletic Conference play on Wednesday at Cincinnati at Fifth Third Arena. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. with the contest being broadcast live on ESPN+ ($). The Bulls’ original conference opener against Memphis, scheduled for Jan. 2 at the Yuengling Center, was postponed due to health and safety protocols within the South Florida program. South Florida, ranked 24th in this week’s Associated Press and USA Today/WBCA Coaches top-25 polls, looks to get its sixth win in its last seven games when it takes the court against the Bearcats. The Bulls come into the Cincinnati game looking for their eighth straight conference-opening win, and to improve to 8-1 in AAC openers. South Florida is 12-9 in league openers under Jose Fernandez. Elena Tsineke leads three players in double-digits in the scoring column, netting 13.4 points per game. Sydni Harvey is also averaging double digits, scoring 11.6 points per outing, and Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu is averaging 10.1 points per contest. Elisa Pinzan and Bethy Mununga are just shy of averaging double-figures, netting 9.7 and 9.5 points per game, respectively. Mununga leads The American, and is ninth in the nation, averaging 11.6 rebounds per game, while Pinzan is tops in the conference, and 13th in the nation in assists per contest dishing out 5.9 per outing. Can’t make it out to catch the Bulls? All USF games will be aired live on ESPN+. Subscriptions for the ESPN+ app are $6.99 monthly or $69.99 annually and can be packaged with Hulu and Disney+ streaming services. A step-by-step guide for subscribing to ESPN+ is located here. Watch Live | Listen Live | Live Stats | Media Central GAME 15 | WED., JAN. 5 | 7 P.M. | CINCINNATI, OHIO | FIFTH THIRD ARENA GAMEDAY INFORMATION TV/Online: ESPN+ ($) Anthony Mazzini (PxP), Jackie Windon (Color) Audio: Bulls Unlimited 2 (iHeartRadio/GoUSFBulls.com) Darek Sharp (PxP) Live Stats: GoUSFBulls.com/StatBroadcast Series: South Florida leads series, 21-17 Twitter Updates: @USFWBB Tickets: (877) CATS-TIX (228-7849) No. 24/24 USF BULLS | 10-4, 0-0 AAC Last Game: Jan. 2 vs. Memphis, Postponed Next Game: Jan. 9 vs. Wichita State, 12 p.m. Head Coach: Jose Fernandez Alma Mater: FIU, 1994 Career Record: 402-280 (22nd season) at USF: Same CINCINNATI BEARCATS | 7-5, 0-0 AAC Last Game: Jan. 1 at Tulsa, Postponed Next Game: Jan. 8 vs. Temple, 2 p.m. Head Coach: Michelle Clark-Heard Alma Mater: Western Kentucky, 1990 Career Record: 239-122 (11th Season) at Cincinnati: 61-42 (Third Season) QUICK HITS - South Florida is coming off a convincing 70-57 win over in-state foe Jacksonville in its nonconference finale on Wednesday afternoon ... Elena Tsineke led the way with a game-high 22 points while Bethy Mununga added 21 points and 11 rebounds. - South Florida is currently ranked No. 24 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, falling two spots from the previous week ... In addition, the Bulls are No. 24 in the most recent USA Today/WBCA Coaches Poll. SCOUTING CINCINNATI - Cincinnati comes into its game with South Florida with a 7-5 overall record ... The Bearcats haven’t played since Dec. 22 at Marquette, a 60-49 loss ... Cincinnati had its games against Lipscomb on Dec. 29 canceled and its American Athletic Conference opener at Tulsa on Jan. 1 postponed. - Arika Levy is one of just two players averaging double figures for the Bearcats, leading the team in scoring, averaging 14.6 points per game ... Jillian Hayes is second, netting 11.3 points per contest, and paces the team on the boards, averaging 6.7 rebounds per outing. THE SERIES AGAINST THE BEARCATS - Wednesday’s game marks the 39th meeting between USF and Cincinnati with the Bulls leading the all-time series, 21-17 ... USF has won 14 of the last 17 games, and is 19-7 in the last 26 meetings against the Bearcats. - The Bearcats leads the all-time series, 8-7, in games played at Cincinnati. - USF defeated Cincinnati in both games last season, 73-61, on Dec. 22 at Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati and 69-65 in overtime on Feb. 17 in Tampa. UP NEXT FOR USF - Following the meeting with Cincinnati, the Bulls will return home to take on Wichita State on Jan. 9 (ESPNU) at noon on International Day. - South Florida will then travel to Tulane (Jan. 12, ESPN+), and Central Florida (Jan. 16, ESPNU) during the conference-opening five-game stretch.
  12. Let's go WBB and get back on track today with a victory. At VCU 1pm ET on the Plus. GO BULLS!
  13. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Click here to follow USF Women’s Basketball on Twitter Click here to like USF Women’s Basketball on Facebook No. 13 USF Looks for Third-Straight Win When it Faces UT Arlington on Thursday Bulls look to keep up the intensity and winning ways when it faces the Lady Mavs. TAMPA (Dec. 1, 2021) – The University of South Florida women’s basketball team heads back on the road looking for its third straight win, and its fourth win in its last five games when the Bulls travel to the Lone Star state to face UT Arlington on Thursday. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. ET with the game being broadcast on ESPN+. South Florida, ranked 13th in this week’s Associated Press top-25 poll and 17th in the USA Today/WBCA Coaches poll, is looking to keep up its same intensity that guided them to a 3-1 record on its recent trip to the Bahamas. That trip produced wins over Syracuse (77-53) on Nov. 20, on day one of the Battle 4 Atlantis, and No. 9/9 Oregon (71-62) in the third-place game, and a thrilling 57-54 win over No. 7/5-ranked, and defending national champion, Stanford in the Baha Mar Pink Flamingo Championship on Nov. 26. Sydni Harvey, the reigning American Athletic Conference Player of the Week, leads two players in double-digits in the scoring column, netting 14.9 points per game which is also good enough for a share of fifth in the conference. Elena Tsineke is also averaging double digits, scoring 13.8 points per game. Bethy Mununga continues to dominate the glass, grabbing 12.1 rebounds per game, tops in the conference and seventh in the nation. Her career-high 23 rebounds against Stanford is tied for the most in the nation this season. Can’t make it out to catch the Bulls? Most USF games will be aired live on ESPN+. Subscriptions for the ESPN+ app are $6.99 monthly or $69.99 annually and can be packaged with Hulu and Disney+ streaming services. A step-by-step guide for subscribing to ESPN+ is located here. Watch Live | Listen Live | Live Stats GAME EIGHT | THUR., DEC. 2 | 7 P.M. ET | COLLEGE PARK CENTER | ARLINGTON, TEXAS GAME DAY INFORMATION TV/Online: ESPN+ ($) Ron Thulin (PxP), Fred Williams (Color) Audio: Bulls Unlimited (iHeartRadio/GoUSFBulls.com) Darek Sharp (PxP) Live Stats: GoUSFBulls.com/StatBroadcast Series: USF leads series, 2-1 Twitter Updates: @USFWBB Tickets: UTATickets.com No. 13/17 USF BULLS | 5-2 Last Game: Nov. 26 vs. No. 7/5 Stanford, W, 57-54 Next Game: Dec. 12 at VCU, 1 p.m. Head Coach: Jose Fernandez Alma Mater: FIU, 1994 Career Record: 397-278 (22nd season) at USF: Same UT ARLINGTON LADY MAVS | 4-2 Last Game: Nov. 28 vs. Kansas City, L, 85-76 Next Game: Dec. 4 vs. Rice, 2 p.m. Head Coach: Shereka Wright Alma Mater: Purdue, 2004 Career Record: 17-9 (Second season) at UT Arlington: Same QUICK HITS - Thursday is the sixth of seven-straight road contests for USF, a stretch that started on Nov. 15 at No. 15 Tennessee and ends in Richmond at VCU on Dec. 12 (1 p.m.) ... The Bulls are 3-2 during the stretch. - USF is coming off a 57-54 win over No. 7/5 Stanford on Nov. 26 ... The win was the Bulls’ second-straight top 10 win ... Sydni Harvey had 15 points and Elena Tsineke and Elisa Pinzan had 14 and 11, respectively ... Bethy Mununga had 23 rebounds. - South Florida is currently ranked No. 13 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, jumping five spots from the previous week ... In addition, they are No. 17 in the most recent Coaches Poll, up three spots from their No. 20 preseason ranking. SCOUTING UT ARLINGTON - UT Arlington comes into Thursday’s game with a 4-2 record and winners of four of its last five ... The Lady Mavs’ two losses came to No. 7/8 Baylor, 81-54, in the season opener on Nov. 11, and in their last outing, 85-76, to Kansas City on Nov. 28 in Las Vegas, snapping their four-game winning streak. - Starr Jacobs leads three players in double figures in the scoring column for the Lady Mavs, averaging 21.3 points per game, followed by Terrryn Milton and De’Sha Benjamin, netting 12.8 and 11.0 points per game, respectively ... Katie Ferrell paces the team on the glass, grabbing 5.7 rebounds per outing. THE SERIES AGAINST THE LADY MAVS - Friday’s game against UT Arlington marks the fourth meeting all-time between the two schools, and the first since the 2005-06 campaign ... The Bulls hold a 2-1 series lead with the only loss coming in Arlington, Texas. UP NEXT FOR USF - The Bulls close out their seven-game road stretch at defending Atlantic 10 champion VCU on Dec. 12 at 1 p.m. - South Florida will finally return home to the Yuengling Center, for two straight, beginning on Wednesday, Dec. 15 against in-state foe Stetson for Education Day, with tip-off at 11 a.m. ... The Bulls will close out the short home short two-game stretch on Dec. 17 against High Point at 7 p.m.
  14. So today's game is on flohoops. com. Has anyone found a workaround to watch it? I'm not paying $29.99 to watch one game. I can't believe this event which has several ranked teams is on such an obscure place to view it.
  15. It's been a long time since we've been this competitive with any UConn women's hoops teams. They literally have five girls that are Preseason All-Americans in their lineup that are up for Player of the Year (obviously Buecker is the X-factor for them). Maybe we're better than our 23rd ranking... or UConn is finally going to have a down season (by UConn standards).
  16. The women beat Syracuse by 20+ this afternoon to earn a date vs UConn tomorrow. Let's enjoy a win today.
  17. AAC/SEC CHALLENGE AT 6:30pm TENNESSEE KNOXVILLE, TENN. TV: SECN+ RADIO: BULLS UNLIMITED 2
  18. Special Night on Tap for Sydni Harvey as No. 21 USF Faces No. 15 Tennessee on Monday - USF Athletics Monday's game is the first game of a daunting five game stretch against some of the nations best teams. Watch Live | Listen Live GAME THREE | MON., NOV. 15 | 6:30 P.M. | KNOXVILLE, TENN. | THOMPSON-BOLING ARENA GAMEDAY INFORMATION TV/Online: SECN+ Bob Kesling (PxP), Steve Hamer (Color) Audio: Bulls Unlimited (iHeartRadio/GoUSFBulls.com) Darek Sharp (PxP) Live Stats: GoUSFBulls.com/StatBroadcast Series: First meeting Twitter Updates: @USFWBB Tickets: 1 (800) 332-VOLS NO. 21/22 USF BULLS | 2-0 Last Game: Nov. 11 vs. Alabama State, W, 72-37 Next Game: Nov. 20 vs. Syracuse, 2:30 p.m. Head Coach: Jose Fernandez Alma Mater: FIU, 1994 Career Record: 394-276 (22nd season) at USF: Same NO. 15/12 TENNESSEE LADY VOLS | 2-0 Last Game: Nov. 12 at Central Florida, W, 49-41 Next Game: Nov. 21 vs. Texas, 1 p.m. Head Coach: Kelly Harper Alma Mater: Tennessee, 1999 Career Record: 325-226 (18th season) at Tennessee: 40-18 (Third season)
  19. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Click here to follow USF Women’s Basketball on Twitter Click here to like USF Women’s Basketball on Facebook USF Picked First in AAC Preseason Poll; Bulls Place Five on All-Conference Team The Bulls earned the top spot in a preseason conference poll for the second time in program history IRVING, Texas (Oct. 13, 2021) – The University of South Florida women’s basketball team, entering its 50th Anniversary, has been picked to finish atop the American Athletic Conference (AAC) this season in the league’s coaches poll announced by the conference on Wednesday. It marks the second time in program history – and the second-straight year – that the Bulls have been selected first in a preseason conference poll. In addition, five players were named to The American Preseason All-Conference Team. Elena Tsineke (Thessaloniki, Greece), Bethy Mununga (Zellik, Belgium), and Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu (Nkongsamba, Cameroon) were named First Team All-Conference, while Sydni Harvey (Nashville, Tenn.) and Elisa Pinzan (Murano, Italy) were tabbed Second Team selections. Click here to see the complete conference release. The Bulls earned the top spot with 100 total points and 10 of the 11 first-place votes. Central Florida (91) was picked to finish second and Houston (77) third, while Tulane (72) and Temple (69) round out the top five teams in the preseason poll. Cincinnati (44), East Carolina (38), and Wichita State (36) were slotted sixth through eighth, respectively, with Tulsa (32), SMU (26), and Memphis (20) rounding out the bottom three teams. South Florida (10) and Central Florida (1) were the only two schools to earn first-place votes. Last season, the Bulls claimed the conference regular season and tournament championship while posting a 19-4 overall record, and a 12-2 mark in The American. South Florida capped an unprecedented season with its seventh NCAA Tournament appearance and a sixth trip to the Big Dance in the last nine years. The Green and Gold finished the year ranked No. 19 in the final Associated Press Top 25 poll and No. 18 in the USA Today Sports Coaches Poll. The Bulls rose as high as No. 12 in the AP poll on Feb. 15, USF’s highest ranking ever. South Florida defeated Washington State, 57-53, in the NCAA Tournament first round for its first tournament win since March 19, 2016, when it defeated Colorado State, 48-45. Tsineke, the Bulls’ top returning scorer, turned in another marquee season for USF, establishing herself as one of the premier players in The American and one of the top young shooting guards in the nation. The sophomore was named to the American Athletic Conference All-Conference First Team after averaging a team-high 13.6 points per game – good enough for eighth in The American – 2.2 rebounds per game, and 1.8 assists per outing. She was also selected to the AAC All-Tournament Team, averaging 13.3 points per contest in the three games. One of the top power forwards in the nation, Mununga was an American Athletic Conference First Team All-Conference selection and was named to The American All-Tournament Team, averaging 16.3 rebounds per game in the three AAC tourney games. She also grabbed a tournament record 49 rebounds. Mununga was just shy of averaging a double-double for the season, netting 9.7 points per game, good enough for fourth on the team, and 12.9 rebounds per outing. Her rebound-per-game average was tops in The American and third in the nation, while her total rebounds (297) were first in the AAC and 10th in the nation. Fankam Mendjiadeu played the last two seasons at American Athletic Conference foe Memphis and was a Second Team all-conference selection. She finished the 2020-21 campaign seventh in The American in scoring (14.1 ppg) and second in rebounding (10.6 rpg), making her the only player in the conference to average a double-double. In addition, she was second in the league in blocked shots, averaging 1.6 rejections per outing, and was third in the conference in field goal percentage, shooting 47.6 percent (107-for-225). Harvey was named the AAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player and selected to the All-Tournament Team and was also named to The American All-Conference Third Team. She had another banner season for the Bulls, averaging 11.7 points per contest on the year and 11.6 points per outing in conference games. Harvey finished her junior campaign with 903 career points and is on the cusp of becoming the 25th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Harvey led the Bulls in three-point field goals made with 43, which was also tied for the fourth-most in the conference, and her 1.9 treys made per game was seventh in the AAC. Looked at as one of the top point guards in the nation during the 2020-21 campaign, Pinzan was named the American Athletic Conference Most Improved Player and was chosen to The American All-Conference Second Team. She was third on the team in scoring, averaging 10.3 points per game, and grabbed 3.3 rebounds per contest, tied for third on the team. A classic "Floor General," Pinzan made her name as an elite distributor and protector of the ball. She led The American, and was seventh in the nation, in assists per game (6.5) and assist/turnover ratio (3.04), and was tops in the AAC, and 10th in the nation, in total assists (149). The Bulls open the 2021-22 campaign with back-to-back home games against Texas Rio Grande Valley and Alabama State on Tues., Nov. 9 and Thur., Nov. 11, respectively, before traveling to Knoxville, Tenn., to face long time power Tennessee in the AAC/SEC Challenge on Mon., Nov. 15. Season tickets are on sale now. Fans are encouraged to visit USFBullsTix.com or call 1-800-GoBulls to purchase their season tickets. Click here for South Florida’s complete season schedule. Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll Team (First-Place Votes) Points 1. South Florida (10) 100 2. UCF (1) 91 3. Houston 77 4. Tulane 72 5. Temple 69 6. Cincinnati 44 7. East Carolina 38 8. Wichita State 36 9. Tulsa 32 10. SMU 26 11. Memphis 20 Preseason Players of the Year Mia Davis, F, Temple Preseason All-Conference First Team Tay Sanders, G, UCF Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu, F, South Florida Bethy Mununga, F, South Florida Elena Tsineke, G, South Florida Mia Davis, F, Temple* Asia Strong, F, Wichita State Preseason All-Conference Second Team Laila Blair, G, Houston Sydni Harvey, G, South Florida Elisa Pinzan, G, South Florida Krystal Freeman, F, Tulane Maya Mayberry, G, Tulsa *denotes unanimous selection
  20. ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Click here to follow USF Women’s Basketball on Twitter Click here to like USF Women’s Basketball on Facebook USF Announces Elite Nonconference Slate That Includes Tennessee, Battle 4 Atlantis & Defending National Champs Stanford The Bulls could face three of the 2021 Final Four teams in consecutive games. TAMPA (Sept. 17, 2021) – University of South Florida women’s basketball head coach Jose Fernandez, has consistently put together impressive nonconference schedules and the 2021-22 edition may be the most impressive yet, ranking as the toughest in the country. Fernandez announced Monday this season’s slate that includes 11 of the Bulls’ potential 16 nonconference foes which advanced to the 2021 postseason, nine of those taking part in the NCAA Tournament. "With the caliber of team, we have returning this type of schedule will not only prepare us for league play but will give us some great opportunities to bolster our SOS (strength of schedule) and NET ranking," said Fernandez. Highlighting this year’s schedule is a stretch that will be hard to match by any program in the nation. After back-to-back home games to open the season against Texas Rio Grande Valley and Alabama State on Tues., Nov. 9 and Thur., Nov. 11, respectively, the Bulls will travel to Knoxville, Tenn., to face long time power Tennessee in the AAC/SEC Challenge on Mon., Nov. 15. Tennessee finished the 2020-21 campaign with a 17-8 record, and a 9-4 mark in the SEC, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, losing to sixth-seeded Michigan. South Florida will then play four games in two separate events in The Bahamas, potentially facing three of the four teams that took part in the 2021 Women’s Final Four in San Antonio in consecutive games. The Bulls tipoff the four-game stretch in the inaugural Battle 4 Atlantis held at the Atlantis Paradise Island Hotel. The Bulls face Syracuse on Sat., Nov. 20. The Orange finished last season with a 15-9 record and a 9-7 ledger in the ACC, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, falling to No. 1-seed UConn in the round of 32. South Florida will then face either UConn or Minnesota on Sun., Nov. 21, and close out the Battle 4 Atlantis on Mon., Nov. 22, against either Oregon, Oklahoma, South Carolina or Buffalo. The Huskies, former BIG EAST and American Athletic Conference foes of the Bulls, advanced to the NCAA Final Four national semifinals last season before falling to runner-up Arizona. UConn ended the season with a 28-2 overall record and a perfect 18-0 mark in the BIG EAST. The Golden Gophers were 8-13 overall and 7-11 in the Big Ten Conference. South Carolina, like UConn, advanced to the national semifinals but fell to eventual national champion, Stanford. The Gamecocks closed out 2020-21 with a 26-5 record and a 14-2 record in the SEC. Oregon posted a 15-9 record, and a 10-7 mark in the Pac-12 Conference last season, and fell in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 to Louisville. Oklahoma was 12-12 and 9-8 in the Big 12, while Buffalo finished 2020-21 15-9 and 11-6 in the Mid-American Conference. Following the Battle 4 Atlantis, the Bulls will travel 20 miles west on the island for the Baha Mar Hoops Pink Flamingo Championship at the Baha Mar Grand Hyatt Hotel Convention Center in Nassau. South Florida will play one game in the event as they take on defending national champion Stanford on Fri., Nov. 26. The Cardinal posted a 31-2 overall record, and a 19-2 record in the Pac 12. South Florida will play two more road games before returning home for two straight contests. The Bulls will travel to the Lone Star State to face UT Arlington on Thur., Dec. 2, and then to Richmond, Va. to butt heads with the defending Atlantic 10 champions, VCU, on Sun., Dec. 12. VCU lost in the NCAA Tournament first round to fourth-seeded Indiana and closed out the campaign with a 16-11 mark and a 10-5 record in conference play. The Green and Gold will return to the friendly confines of the Yuengling Center for back-to-back home games against Stetson on Wed., Dec. 15, and High Point on Fri., Dec. 17. The Hatters advanced to the postseason, taking part in the Women’s Basketball Invitational, while the Panthers won the Big South Championship and fell to UConn in the NCAA Tournament first round. High Point was 22-7 overall and 17-3 in conference play last season. The Bulls will play their final nonconference road games at the West Palm Invitational against West Virginia on Mon., Dec. 20, and close out the event against Mississippi on Tues., Dec. 21. The Mountaineers finished last season with a 22-7 record and a 13-5 record in the Big 12. They lost to fifth-seeded Georgia Tech in the NCAA second round. The Rebels advanced to the WNIT championship game where they fell to Rice finishing the season 15-12. South Florida closes out its nonconference schedule – and 2021 – at home against in-state foe Jacksonville on Wed., Dec. 29. The American announced the Bulls’ home and way conference opponents in July, and the complete AAC schedule will be released in the coming weeks. 2021-22 Conference Home & Away Opponents: UCF, Cincinnati, Houston, Temple, Tulane & Wichita State 2021-22 Conference Home Only: Memphis & Tulsa 2021-22 Conference Away Only: East Carolina & SMU Season tickets are on sale now. Fans are encouraged to visit USFBullsTix.com or call 1-800-GoBulls to purchase their season tickets. Last season, South Florida claimed conference regular season and tournament championship while posting a 19-4 overall record, and a 12-2 mark in The American. The Bulls capped an unprecedented season with their seventh NCAA Tournament appearance and sixth trip to the Big Dance in the last nine years. The Green and Gold finished the year ranked No. 19 in the final Associated Press Top 25 poll and No. 18 in the USA Today Sports Coaches Poll. The Bulls rose as high as No. 12 in the AP poll on Feb. 15, USF’s highest ranking ever. Included in their 19 wins were a thrilling 67-63 overtime victory over No. 6 Mississippi State, the highest-ranked team the Bulls have ever defeated, and two victories over rival UCF. The first win against the Knights secured the AAC regular-season crown on March 2 (W, 65-62) and the second the AAC Tournament title on March 11 (W, 64-54). USF defeated Washington State, 57-53, in the NCAA Tournament first round for its first tournament win since March 19, 2016, when it defeated Colorado State, 48-45.
  21. ..... if they don't go with the interim coach after this season.
  22. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Click here to follow USF Women’s Basketball on Twitter Click here to like USF Women’s Basketball on Facebook USF's Sydni Harvey Named CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team The junior guard now moves to the national Academic All-America ballot. TAMPA (May 7, 2021) – University of South Florida junior guard Sydni Harvey has been named to the 2020-21 CoSIDA Academic All-District® Women’s Basketball First Team, the organization announced on Thursday. She now advances to the national CoSIDA Academic All-America® ballot. First-, second- and third-team Academic All-America® honorees will be announced in late May. In the classroom, the 5-foot-10 point guard from Nashville, Tenn. boasts a 3.74-grade point average while majoring in marketing. She has maintained a minimum 3.70 GPA in each of her three years at USF. On the court, Harvey continued to establish herself as one of the top players in the American Athletic Conference. She was named The American Tournament Most Outstanding Player and selected to the All-Tournament Team, and was also named to The American All-Conference Third Team. Harvey averaged 11.7 points per game on the year and 11.6 points per outing in the AAC and led the Bulls in three-point field goals made with 43, which was tied for the fourth-most in the conference. In addition, her 1.9 treys made per game was seventh in The American. She also finished the season second on the team in assists (40) and assists per game (1.7). The 2020-21 Academic All-District® Women’s Basketball Team, selected by CoSIDA, recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the court and in the classroom. The CoSIDA Academic All-America® program separately recognizes basketball honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, and NAIA. This past season, USF posted a 19-4 overall record, and a 12-2 mark in The American, and capped off an unprecedented season with its seventh NCAA Tournament appearance, and its sixth trip to the Big Dance in the last nine years. The Green and Gold finished the year ranked No. 19 in the final Associated Press Top 25 poll and No. 18 in the USA Today Sports Coaches Poll, and rose to as high as No. 12 in the AP poll on Feb. 15, USF’s highest ranking ever. Included in their 19 wins are a thrilling 67-63 overtime victory over No. 6 Mississippi State, the highest-ranked team the Bulls have ever defeated, and two victories over rival UCF. The first win against the Knights secured the regular-season crown on March 2 (W, 65-62) and the second the AAC Tournament crown on March 11 (W, 64-54). USF defeated Washington State, 57-53, in the NCAA Tournament first round for its first tournament win since March 19, 2016, when it defeated Colorado State, 48-45.
  23. USF WBB Lands Highly Touted Transfer Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu TAMPA (May 3, 2021) – University of South Florida head women's basketball coach Jose Fernandez announced on Monday that one of the most highly sought-after student-athletes in the NCAA women's basketball transfer portal, 6-foot-4 forward Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu (Nkongsamba, Cameroon), will be transferring to USF. Fankam Mendjiadeu, who played the past two seasons at Memphis, will join fellow signees, Odeth Betancourt (San Cristobal, Venezuela) and Bella Weary (Jacksonville, Fla.) and are all expected to make immediate impacts during the 2021-22 season. "Dulcy has proven what she can do at a high level," said Fernandez. "We are adding an all-conference player to our program, and she will make an impact on an already talented front line." While at Memphis, Fankam Mendjiadeu earned second-team All-AAC honors this past season, playing in all 19 games, and starting in 18. Fankam Mendjiadeu led the Tigers in both scoring, rebounding, and blocked shots on the year, averaging 14.1 points, 10.6 rebounds, and 1.6 rejections per game, respectively. In addition, her scoring average was seventh in The American, and her rebounding and blocked shot averages were both second in the league. Rest of article
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