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History Repeats Itself: Bulls take down Butler


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DATE: NOV 25, 2015

 

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History Repeats Itself: Bulls take down Butler

TAMPA, NOV. 25, 2015  Exactly 25 years ago, the Bulls defeated Butler three days after Thanksgiving in Tampa, and Wednesday night's women's basketball game was no different. No. 18/17 USF disposed of the Bulldogs 87-77 on the eve of the holiday.

 

Led by two double-double performances by Courtney Williams (Folkston, Ga.) and Alisia Jenkins (Statesboro, Ga.), the Bulls escaped a tough performance by the Bulldogs. Williams scored a game high 29 points, her fourth consecutive game with 20+ points. The senior grabbed 10 rebounds, for her second double-double this season. Jenkins turned in 14 points and 12 rebounds, and a season high three blocks.  

 

The Bulls had a slow first quarter, while Butler got out to a hot start. USF gave up a season high 26 points in the first quarter, and the Bulldogs outscored USF 26-19. It was the only quarter the Bulls lost.

 

The Bulldogs shot an astounding 40 percent from behind the arc, sinking 14 three-pointers. Sydney Buck led Butler with 22 points, and six three-pointers, while Brittany Ward added 16 points and eight rebounds.

 

Once USF found its rhythm, it held Butler to 10 points and a six and a half minute scoring draught. The Bulls went on a 13-2 tear to close out the quarter. USF cut the lead to 36-34 at the break.  

 

USF regained the lead less than two minutes into the quarter and never looked back. Kitija Laksa (Riga, Latvia) collected 10 of her 12 points in the second half, including back-to-back three pointers in the fourth quarter. Laia Flores (Mataro, Spain) also had a strong second half, scoring a career-high 10 points, eight in the fourth quarter.

 

The Bulls will return to action after the holiday in Queens, N.Y. USF will face St. John’s University Sunday, Nov. 29 at 1 p.m. The pair will battle for the tenth time in program history.

 

 

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Did anyone see the stats posted at the Sun Dome?

Butler had more wicked numbers on their 3 point shots, and 100% of their free throws.

We won, but were lucky we didn't get our heads handed to us.  

Our rebounding wasn't great at all, and we missed a lot of baskets which should have been made.

Perhaps that is the reason why Coach wasn't too happy.

We won but we need to play a little more cohesively than we did last night to get into the NCAA tournament picture.

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Tampa, FL -- The No. 18 University of South Florida Bulls remain undefeated at home after beating the Butler Bulldogs 87-77. Though the Bulls walked away with a 10-point victory, USF head coach Jose Fernandez seemed thankful that his team got the win at all.

"This team can forget about Sweet 16, Elite 8, and all that other bulls***t if we play like this," Fernandez said. "Tonight, even today at shootaround, our guys were excited to eat turkey, ham, and stuffing. That's what we looked like. Ready to go on break, ready to go on vacation."

The ball was in Butler's court for the first half of the game, where the Bulldogs shot 6-for-13 from the three-point range. USF struggled from the same range, missing all five shot attempts from beyond the arc. Though the Bulls only allowed one turnover and held Butler scoreless for the last seven minutes of the first half, the Bulldogs held a 36-34 lead.

"Tonight we just went through the motions," Fernandez said. "We thought we were just going to walk out here and play well on one end of the floor and not defend, and it's very disappointing."

 

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