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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. ..... if they don't go with the interim coach after this season.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. #2 in the AAC, UCF at Cincinnati is on now...at halftime the Lady Knights lead the Lady Bearcats 30 to 23. The crowd is rather large, but very stiff and sedate.
  7. Still hanging in the top 16. Hope we play UCF Sunday.
  8. Bulls up 30-21 at half. Pinzan leading scorer with 10.
  9. Should we be shocked to be in the UConn Region....?
  10. Bulls up 6-3 early. Sydney with all 6 points for the bulls
  11. I see the game is on at 7pm on ESPN+ but I cannot find it ion ESPN+ anyone know what is going on?
  12. HIGHEST RANK TEAM IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA #23
  13. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE USF Dominates Jacksonville In Season Opener, 84-46 Kristyna Brabencova nets career high 18 points, Beatriz Jordao has 12 points and career high 14 rebounds in the rout over the Dolphins. Game Details RV/RV USF 84, Jacksonville 46 USF (1-0), Jacksonville (0-2) Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020 | 4 p.m. | ESPN+ Tampa, Fla. | Yuengling Center TAMPA (Nov. 28, 2020) – Kristyna Brabencova led all scorers with a career and game high 18 points, and Beatriz Jordao dropped in 12 points and grabbed a career high 14 rebounds as the USF women’s basketball team dominated Jacksonville to start the 2020-21 season presented by Tampa General Hospital. Brabencova, a sophomore forward from Brno, Czech Republic, paced four players in double digits on the day as the Bulls won their seventh straight season opener, and their 14th win all-time over the Dolphins (14-0). Joining Brabencova and Jordao – a forward from Pombal, Portugal – in double figures were Sydni Harvey (Nashville, Tenn.) with 14 points and Elisa Pinzan (Murano, Italy) with 11 points. The Bulls (1-0) jumped on Jacksonville (0-2) early and never looked back pouring in 28 points in the first quarter and heading into the locker room at the break, leading 49-25. After the Dolphins played USF even in the third quarter, at 15-all, the Bulls heated back up again, on both ends of the floor, ending the game scoring 20 of the 26 points scored in the final quarter en route to the win. USF received balanced scoring with nine of the 12 players that saw the court finding the scoring column, while the Green and Gold assisted on 29 of their 32 field goals made. Defensively, the Bulls held Jacksonville to no more than 15 points in any quarter during the game. Score By Quarters 1 2 3 4 F USF 28 21 15 20 84 Jacksonville 12 13 15 6 46 Key Stats 54-30 – The Bulls outrebounded Jacksonville by a +24-rebounding margin, which included 18 offensive rebounds, leading to 15 second chance points. 16 – USF forced the Dolphins into 13 miscues on the night leading to 16 points off turnovers. 9 – Of the 12 players that saw time on Saturday against Jacksonville, nine found their way into the scoring column. Notable Today's starters for the Bulls were: G Elisa Pinzan, G Elena Tsineke (Thessaloniki, Greece), G Sydni Harvey, F Shae Leverett (Rincon, Ga.), and F Bethy Mununga (Zellik, Belgium) … The Bulls are 1-0 with this lineup. With its win over Jacksonville, USF improves to 14-0 in the all-time series against the Dolphins. USF improves to 32-17 all-time in season openers during its 49 lid lifters ... In addition, the Bulls have won seven straight season openers, are 9-3 in their last 12 and 17-5 over the past 22 season openers. USF head coach Jose Fernandez is now 16-5 all-time in season openers since he started patrolling the sidelines for the Bulls during the 2000-01 campaign. The Bulls have won their last five straight season opening games at home and six of their last seven ... The lone set back during that five-game home stretch was a 78-70 loss to No. 6/8 Maryland on Nov. 8, 2013. Kristyna Brabencova’s career high 18 points surpassed her previous best of 17 points at Tulsa on Jan. 12, 2019. Beatriz Jordao recorded 12 points and a career high 14 rebounds for her second career double-double, and first since her collegiate debut on Nov. 6, 2018 at Ohio State (W, 71-47), where she posted 17 points and 10 rebounds. In addition to her second career double-double, Jordao also tied her career high with four blocked shots, the fourth time in her career she has accomplished that. Elena Tsineke and Mihaela Lazic (Slavonski Brod, Croatia) accounted for 12 of the Bulls’ 29 assists … Tsineke dished out a career high seven dimes while Lazic’s five also marked a career-best. Up Next The Bulls return home, on Tuesday, Dec. 1, for the first of back-to-back home Top 10 games, as 2019 defending National Champion and No. 4/4 ranked Baylor visits the Yuengling Center for a marquee matchup. USF then faces No. 6/7 Mississippi State on Saturday, Dec. 5. Both games tip-off at 7 p.m.
  14. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: https://bit.ly/39nvOua USF Ready to Open Highly Anticipated Season Against Jacksonville Bulls hit the Yuengling Center hardwood for the first of their four nonconference games. TAMPA (Nov. 27, 2020) – The University of South Florida women’s basketball team returns to the Yuengling Center hardwood on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 28, for its 49th season when Jacksonville comes to Tampa. Tip-off is slated for 4 p.m. and can be seen live on ESPN+. For the Bulls, who are receiving votes in both the Associated Press and USA Today/WBCA Coaches Top 25 polls, the meeting with the Dolphins marks the first of four straight nonconference games on their home floor, their only nonconference games of the season. It is also the second consecutive season that USF has opened against Jacksonville. GAME ONE | SAT., NOV. 28 | 4 P.M. | YUENGLING CENTER, TAMPA, FLA. Live Stats | Watch Live | Listen Live TV/Video: ESPN+ Jim Louk (PxP), Brigid Merenda (Analyst) Audio: Bulls Unlimited 2 (iHeartRadio/GoUSFBulls.com) Darek Sharp (PxP) Live Stats: GoUSFBulls.com Series: USF leads series, 13-0 Twitter Updates: @USFWBB Tickets: No fans during nonconference schedule RV/RV USF BULLS | 0-0 Last Game: First game of the season Next Game: Dec. 1 vs. No. 4/4 Baylor, 7 p.m. Head Coach: Jose Fernandez Alma Mater: FIU, 1994 Career Record: 373-272 (21st season) at USF: Same JACKSONVILLE DOLPHINS | 0-1 Last Game: Nov. 25 at Miami, L, 74-58 Next Game: Dec. 5 vs. FIU, 2 p.m. Head Coach: Darnell Haney Alma Mater: Florida A&M, 2004 Career Record: 32-29 (Third season) at Jacksonville: Same QUICK HITS - Saturday marks the beginning of USFs 49th season of competition - and the eighth season in the American Athletic Conference - as the Bulls tip off the 2020-21 campaign against Jacksonville. - Saturday’s meeting with the Dolphins is the first of its four straight nonconference games that USF will play ... Following the game against Jacksonville, the Bulls will take on No. 4/4 Baylor on Tuesday, followed by No. 6/7 Mississippi State. - The Bulls come into the contest against the Dolphins with a 31-17 record in season openers ... USF looks for its seventh straight season-opening win and its ninth victory in the past 11 lid lifters. - USF opens the 2020-21 campaign receiving votes in both the Associated Press and USA Today/WBCA Top 25 polls ... The Bulls earned one point in the Preseason AP and nine points in the Coaches Polls. TICKET INFORMATION - USF Athletics announced for the 2020-21 men’s and women’s basketball seasons presented by Tampa General Hospital to begin without fans in attendance in the Yuengling Center ... USF will not have fan attendance in the Yuengling Center when the Bulls open play and will continue that policy through the nonconference season slated to run through at least Dec. 15. - Athletics and the university will continue to review fan attendance policies for the remainder of the 2020-21 basketball season to evaluate the possibility of limited fan attendance of future home dates if deemed appropriate by state, local and university officials ... A limited number of players’ and coaches’ family members will be admitted via pass list to attend home games in person. UP NEXT FOR USF - USF will get back to work on Tuesday, Dec. 1 when 2019 defending National Champion, and No. 4/4 ranked, Baylor visits the Yuengling Center for the second of the Bulls four nonconference games, all at home. - The match up with the Lady Bears will also be the first of back-to-back games against teams ranked in the Top 10 of both the Associated Press and USA Today/WBCA Coaches polls ... No. 6/7 Mississippi State will also make the trek to Tampa to take on USF on Saturday, Dec. 5. A LOOK AT JACKSONVILLE - Jacksonville opened its 2020-21 campaign on Wednesday, Nov. 26, to face Miami, with the Hurricanes handing the Dolphins a 74-58 loss. - Ashley Malone led three players in double figures, in the scoring column, with 17 points in just over 19 minutes ... DeShari Graham and Alexis Pierce each added 14 points ... Jada Perry grabbed a game high 10 rebounds in the loss. THE SERIES AGAINST THE DOLPHINS - USF has dominated the all-time series with Jacksonville, holding a 13-0 series lead dating back to the 1999-00 season. - The Bulls boast a 10-0 record all-time against the Dolphins at home ... Including Saturday’s meeting between the two schools, USF has played five straight games against Jacksonville at home. USF TABBED FIRST IN PRESEASON AAC POLL - USF has been picked to finish atop the American Athletic Conference this season in the league’s preseason coaches’ poll ... It marks the first time in program history that the Bulls have been selected first in a preseason conference poll. - The Bulls earned the top spot with 98 total points and eight of the 11 first-place votes ... UCF (79) was picked to finish second and Tulane (78) third, while Cincinnati (73) and Temple (57) round out the top five teams in the preseason poll ... Wichita State (54), Houston (49) and Memphis (40) were slotted sixth through eighth, respectively, with East Carolina (36), SMU (31) and Tulsa (10) rounding out the bottom three teams ... UCF (1) and Cincinnati (2) were the only two other schools to earn first place votes. - During the first seven years of The American, the Bulls were picked second five times (2014-15, 2015-16, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20), behind previous AAC member, UConn, which was selected first all seven seasons ... USF finished third in 2013-14 and 2016-17. TSINEKE, PINZAN EARN ALL-AAC HONORS - In addition to the Bulls being picked first in The American preseason poll, sophomore guard Elena Tsineke and junior guard Elisa Pinzan were recognized by the league’s coaches, being named to the AAC Preseason All-Conference Second Team ... Both players were also honored at the conclusion of the 2019-20 campaign. - Tsineke, the team’s top returning scorer from a year ago, averaged 12.4 points per game in 2019-20 and 12.6 points per outing in AAC games, en route to being named The American Freshman of the Year, Third Team All-Conference and to the AAC All-Freshmen Team. - Tsineke shot 37.3 percent (115-307) from the field and hit 44 of her 138 shots from behind the three-point arc (31.9 percent), while also leading The American in free-throw shooting percentage, hitting 88.2 percent (60-for-68) from the charity stripe ... She tallied double figures in 18 games on the year in 27 games played, and poured in 20-or-more points four times during her rookie campaign, including a career-high 25 points in a dominating 99-51 win over Temple. - Pinzan established herself as one of the top point guards in The American during the 2019-20 campaign, while joining Tsineke as an All-Conference Third Team selection at the end of the year ... She averaged 9.0 points per game, 4.5 assists per outing, and 2.9 rebounds per contest, in 27 games, including 24 starts ... Despite missing five games during the season due to an ankle injury, Pinzan was the conference leader in assists per game, and was fourth in total assists (121) ... In addition, she scored in double figures in 10 games on the year and handed out five-or-more assists 14 times. MUNUNGA NAMED TO KATRINA MCCLAIN PRESEASON WATCH LIST - Bethy Mununga is one of 20 players to be named to the Katrina McClain Watch List as the top power forward in America, as given by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association ... Mununga is the lone representative of the American Athletic Conference. - Mununga proved to be one of the top post players in The American, during her first season with the Bulls, after transferring from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M ... She was third on the team in scoring, averaging 9.2 points per game, and tops in rebounding, grabbing 10.1 boards per contest ... Mununga’s rebounds per game average was second in The American, along with her total rebounds (292), in addition to being ranked 32nd and 36th in the nation, respectively ... She averaged 3.8 offensive rebounds per game, good enough for second in The American and 26th in the nation. FERNANDEZ WITHIN REACH OF MILESTONE: #400 CAREER WINS - Jose Fernandez enters the 2020-21 season - his 21st as a head coach - within reach of a milestone victory ... Fernandez boasts a 373-272 career coaching record on the with the Bulls, just 27 wins shy of his 400th career win ... Fernandez won his 350th game on Feb. 23, 2019, when the Bulls defeated Wichita State in the Yuengling Center, 55-46. - Coming into the season, only 140 coaches (with a minimum of 10 years in Division I) have reached the 400-win marker. FERNANDEZ AMONG THE AMERICAN’S ELITE - Fernandez also comes into the season as one of the elite coaches in the history of The American ... Entering his 21st season, the Miami native is second all-time in overall wins - only trailing UConn head coach Geno Auriemma (252) - while coaching in the AAC with 162 victories, and is sixth all-time in winning percentage (67.8 percent, 162-77); third among head coaches with 100 or more games coached in the conference. - In addition, in career American Athletic Conference league games, Fernandez is third all-time in conference wins with 83, and tied for third in conference winning percentage (70.3 percent, 83-35); second with over 100 games coached in the AAC.
  15. 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; Tsineke, Pinzan Preseason Second Team The Bulls earn the top spot in a preseason conference poll for the first time in program history DALLAS (Oct. 28, 2020) – The University of South Florida women’s basketball team 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 first time in program history that the Bulls have been selected first in a preseason conference poll. In addition, sophomore guard Elena Tsineke (Thessaloniki, Greece) and junior guard Elisa Pinzan (Murano, Italy) were named to the AAC Preseason All-Conference Second Team. The Bulls earned the top spot with 98 total points and eight of the 11 first place votes. UCF (79) was picked to finish second and Tulane (78) third, while Cincinnati (73) and Temple (57) round out the top five teams in the preseason poll. Wichita State (54), Houston (49) and Memphis (40) were slotted sixth through eighth, respectively, with East Carolina (36), SMU (31) and Tulsa (10) rounding out the bottom three teams. UCF (1) and Cincinnati (2) were the only two other schools to earn first place votes. Despite several key injuries for the second straight season during the 2019-20 campaign, the Bulls posted a 19-13 record (10-6 AAC) and still advanced to AAC semifinals. It was the seventh straight season that they appeared in at least the conference tournament semifinals. In addition, USF was set to play in its 16th postseason tournament before the season was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tsineke, the team’s top returning scorer from a year ago, averaged 12.4 points per game in 2019-20 and 12.6 points per outing in AAC games, en route to being named The American Freshman of the Year, Third Team All-Conference and to the AAC All-Freshmen Team. Tsineke shot 37.3 percent (115-307) from the field and hit 44 of her 138 shots from behind the three-point arc (31.9 percent), while also leading The American in free-throw shooting percentage, hitting 88.2 percent (60-for-68) from the charity stripe. She tallied double figures in 18 games on the year in 27 games played, and poured in 20-or-more points four times during her rookie campaign, including a career-high 25 points in a dominating 99-51 win over Temple. Pinzan established herself as one of the top point guards in The American during the 2019-20 campaign, while joining Tsineke as an All-Conference Third Team selection at the end of the year. She averaged 9.0 points per game, 4.5 assists per outing, and 2.9 rebounds per contest, in 27 games, including 24 starts. Despite missing five games during the season due to an ankle injury, Pinzan was the conference leader in assists per game, and was fourth in total assists (121). In addition, she scored in double figures in 10 games on the year and handed out five-or-more assists 14 times. The Bulls will announce their schedule for the upcoming season in the coming weeks. Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll Team (First-Place Votes) Points 1. USF (8) 98 2. UCF (1) 79 3. Tulane 78 4. Cincinnati (2) 73 5. Temple 57 6. Wichita State 54 7. Houston 49 8. Memphis 40 9. East Carolina 36 10. SMU 31 11. Tulsa 10 Preseason Players of the Year IImar’I Thomas, F, Cincinnati Mia Davis, F, Temple Preseason All-Conference First Team Brittney Smith, F, UCF IImar’I Thomas, F, Cincinnati* Lashonda Monk, G, East Carolina Mia Davis, F, Temple* Krystal Freeman, F, Tulane* Preseason All-Conference Second Team Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu, F, Memphis Elisa Pinzan, G, USF Elena Tsineke, G, USF Arsula Clark, G, Tulane Mariah McCully, G, Wichita State *denotes unanimous selection
  16. From The Oracle ... USF women’s basketball is five official practices deep in the 2020-21 season and, for the most part, it’s been smooth sailing. The Bulls are actually ahead of schedule, coach Jose Fernandez said. USF began official practice late last week after being limited to individual and team workouts in late June. “Before these five practices, we had 17 team workouts that consisted somewhere between an hour and a half and two hours,” he said Tuesday. “Before that, we had position workouts for at least a month, month and a half. “We’re definitely ahead of schedule [more] than we’ve ever been in the past.” Getting his players back in the country was a significant concern for Fernandez in the summer, as the majority of his team is made up of international players. Of the 14 active players on the roster, 10 of them are from Europe. Now, every player is back at USF and no one has opted out of the season, per Fernandez. “Everyone’s present and accounted for, and it was great we got them here early as well,” he said. “We had a couple of kids have to quarantine when they arrived here for those 14 days and they missed some position work there that last week of August and first week in September. “But everybody’s here I feel really good about this team.” Being handed an early advantage with the return of the team’s international players is pivotal, especially considering the impact they had last season. Rest of article
  17. 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 Irele Oderinde Named USF WBB Strength & Conditioning Coach Oderinde returns to USF after serving as director of athletic performance from 2014-16. TAMPA (Sept. 17, 2020) – University of South Florida head women’s basketball coach Jose Fernandez announced on Thursday the hiring of Irele Oderinde as the program’s head strength and conditioning coach. In addition to working with women’s basketball, Oderinde will also work with the Bulls’ men’s golf program. Oderinde returns to USF after spending the past two years (2018-19) as the head football strength and conditioning coach at Florida State under former Bulls head football coach Willie Taggart. "I am excited to rejoin my Bulls family,” said Oderinde. “It is an honor to get to work with such great coaches like Jose Fernandez, Steve Bradley (head men’s gold coach), and Brandon Roberts (associate head strength and conditioning coach). It is truly a blessing to have the opportunity to develop and mold our student-athletes. My wife and I are happy to call Tampa home again." During his time with the Seminoles, Oderinde designed and implemented programming for the football program year-round, while also overseeing the daily operations of the football strength and conditioning department. That included managing the sports science department and four strength coaches. Prior to Florida State, Oderinde spent the 2017 season as the football head strength and conditioning coach at Oregon, and from 2014-16, he served his first stint at USF as the director of athletic performance for the Bulls. In that role, he oversaw the strength and conditioning programs for all 19 USF sports and designed a year-round training program for the football team. He joined the South Florida staff after one year as West Virginia’s coordinator of strength and conditioning, specializing in exercise selection and skill development for the Mountaineers’ linemen. From 2010-12, he was the assistant strength and conditioning coach at South Carolina, leading year-round training for the Gamecocks’ men’s basketball and tennis teams. Oderinde began his career at Western Kentucky, serving as an assistant strength and conditioning coach from 2005-07. In that time, he developed and implemented programs for the men’s basketball team while assisting with football and softball. He then spent two years (2008-10) as the speed and skills development coach at Notre Dame. Oderinde was a four-year letterman at Western Kentucky. From his nose tackle position, he helped lead the Hilltoppers to a 40-13 overall record, four straight NCAA Division I-AA playoff appearances for the first time in school history and the 2002 national championship. As a senior, he started 12 games and made 45 tackles, including 9.0 for loss with 1.0 sack. Oderinde is certified by USA Weightlifting, the National Association of Speed and Explosion, and is Strength and Conditioning Certified by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. He earned his bachelor’s degree in recreation administration from Western Kentucky in 2003 and a master’s in sport management from Western Kentucky in 2007. "I am so excited about the opportunity to bring Irele back to USF," said Fernandez. "His experience, expertise, work ethic and ability to communicate and motivate our student-athletes in regards to strength training, speed, agility and injury prevention, is exceptional. My staff and our players welcome him back with open arms. We are very fortunate to have someone of his caliber work with our program."
  18. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web link: https://bit.ly/2YnKaTX Click here to follow USF Women’s Basketball on Twitter Click here to like USF Women’s Basketball on Facebook The American Announces USF Women's Basketball Home and Away Opponents The Bulls will face six teams in home and away contests, including UCF in the annual War on I-4 games. TAMPA (June 10, 2020) – The American Athletic Conference and University of South Florida head women’s basketball coach Jose Fernandez announced on Wednesday home and away opponents for the 16-game 2020-21 women's basketball conference slate. Click here to read the complete American Athletic Conference release. With this 16-game league schedule, each team in The American will play six of its 10 opponents twice and four opponents once each – two at home and two away. The conference has gone from 12 to 11 teams with the departure of UConn. Coming off of its ninth straight 19-win season, USF will play home and away games against War on I-4 rival UCF, Houston, SMU, Temple, Tulane and Wichita State. The Bulls will host Memphis and Tulsa once each, and will travel to Cincinnati and East Carolina once each. Game dates, times, along with televised matchups, will be released at a later date. USF women’s basketball ticket deposits are being accepted now for the 2020-2021 season. Deposits are $50 per seat and can be purchased by visiting GoUSFBulls.com or calling the USF Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-Go-Bulls. 2020-21 Conference Home & Away Opponents: UCF, Houston, SMU, Temple, Tulane, Wichita State 2020-21 Conference Home Only Opponents: Memphis, Tulsa 2020-21 Conference Away Only Opponents: Cincinnati, East Carolina
  19. Muffet McGraw has resigned from Notre Dame. Will be interesting to see who replaces her. https://www.espn.com/womens-college-basketball/story/_/id/29083572/muffet-mcgraw-steps-women-basketball-coach-notre-dame
  20. https://www.tampabay.com/sports/bulls/2020/05/04/usf-super-fan-mike-stuben-winning-a-weighty-battle/
  21. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Bulls Land All-Mountain West Standout Tereza Vitulova The Czech transfer led Wyoming in both scoring and rebounding en route to All-MWC honors in 2019-20. TAMPA (April 20, 2020) – University of South Florida head women’s basketball coach Jose Fernandez announced on Monday the signing of Tereza Vitulova (Domasov, Czech Republic) to a grant-in-aid scholarship. Vitulova comes to USF after playing the past two seasons at the University of Wyoming, earning All-Mountain West Conference honors following the 2019-20 campaign. Vitulova will have to sit out the 2020-21 season due to NCAA transfer rules. "Tereza brings a wealth of experience internationally,” said Fernandez. “She had a very good sophomore season at Wyoming and addresses a need for us on the interior." Vitulova, a 6-foot-2 junior post player, led the Cowgirls in both scoring and rebounding this season, averaging 14.2 points and 5.6 rebounds, while shooting 54.8 percent (176-for-321) from the field, 44.2 percent (19-of-43) from three-point range and 85.1 percent (40-of-47) from the free throw line. She started in all 29 games for Wyoming, averaging 25.1 minutes per game. Vitulova finished the year ranking first in the MWC in field goal percentage, 10th in scoring and 13th in rebounding. A teammate with current Bulls standout Kristyna Brabencova (Brno, Czech Republic) on the Czech Republic U20 National Team, Vitulova scored in double-figures in 22 of Wyoming’s 29 games, including six games of 20-plus points. She scored a career-high 30 points against San Diego State in Laramie, with her next-best scoring game being 28 points against San Diego State on the road. She had her only career double-double on the road against Air Force with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Internationally, Vitulova has played for the Czech Republic’s U18 and U20 national teams, along with Brabencova. During the summer of 2019, she averaged 9.0 points per game and 4.3 rebounds per outing in the FIBA U20 European Championships. While with the U18 team, she averaged 10.4 points, 4.9 rebounds while helping the team to a fourth-place finish at the U18 FIBA European Championships.
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