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DATE: Jan. 4, 2019

Web Release: http://bit.ly/2QmaFTG


USF to Open Conference Play at Temple

USF women’s basketball will begin conference play on Saturday at Temple in a 3 p.m. tip


Matchup: USF Bulls (9-5) vs. Temple Owls (4-8)
Date:  Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Location: McGonigle Hall, Philadelphia    

Broadcast: CBS Sports Network (Darren Goldwater & Swin Cash)

Radio: AM 1040Bulls Unlimited (Darek Sharp)
Live Stats: 
Twitter Updates:@USFWBB


TAMPA, Fla. Jan. 4, 2019 – USF women’s basketball will travel to Philadelphia to take on Temple in the American Athletic Conference opener on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. ET at McGonigle Hall. The game will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network. 


USF (9-5) takes wins over Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 opponents into conference play and a perfect 7-0 record at home in the Yuengling Center this season. The contest at Temple will be USF’s third true road game of the season, and USF is 1-1 in true road games in 2018-19. 


Laura Ferreira (Lisboa, Portugal), leads USF with 15.8 points per game this season and Alyssa Rader (Thornton, Colo.) leads the Bulls on the boards with 7.9 per contest. USF is without Beatriz Jordao (Pombal, Portugal) who will forego the rest of the 2018-19 season due to injury. But USF announced on Sunday 5-foot-11 freshman wing Luize Septe (Ventspils, Latvia) will join the Bulls in a mid-year roster addition.


Harvey’s Hot from the Charity Stripe

Sydni Harvey (Nashville, Tenn.) is hitting 90 percent of her shots from the free-throw line, a conference leading statistic. She has made 46-of-51 free throws in 14 games this season.


Boards for the Bulls

Rebounding has been the secret weapon for the Bulls, who are out-performing opponents on the boards by 12.4 per game, good enough for tenth nationally. USF is also sixth nationally in rebounding with 621 total rebounds on the year.


The Opponent

Temple Owls

Temple is coming off of a one-point loss at Duquesne, a 53-54 setback on Wednesday night. The Owls have two scorers in double figures, Mia Davis with 19.3 points per game paces Temple while Aliya Butts is averaging 14.9 points per game. Davis also leads the Owls on the boards with 9.5 per game.


Temple owns wins over Delaware State, Saint Joseph’s, Iona, and La Salle this season. The Owls have faced two ranked opponents in South Carolina and Miami and both delivered losses to Temple.


In the all-time series against Temple, USF owns an 11-2 advantage. USF has won its conference opener for the last four years.



·   Rebounding is a key for USF, who is out-performing opponents on the boards by 12.4, a good enough margin for tehth nationally.

·   USF is sixth in the nation in total rebounds with 621 this season.

·   Luize Septe joined the roster on Dec. 30, 2018, a 5-foot-11 freshma wing from Ventspils, Latvia.

·   USF has won its conference opener for the last four years.

·   USF sunk a season-high 12 three-pointers and scored a season-high 102 points against Vermont. USF is the first AAC team to reach the century mark this season.

·   Laura Ferreira is USF’s leading scorer this season with 15.8 points per game, boosted by her 34-point game over Oklahoma, which leads The American for a single-game point total by an individual. 

  • USF posted a perfect nonconference record of 7-0 at home in the Yuengling Center, and took down three opponents who advanced to the NCAA tournament last year


Follow the Action

The game will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network with Darren Goldwater on the call and Swin Cash adding color. Fans can follow the action with live radio on Bulls Unlimited and AM 1040 with Darek Sharp back on the call. Live stats will be available on StatBroadcast. 


Up Next

USF will return home for the War on I-4 when the Bulls take on UCF on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. in a white-out game where fans are invited to wear white.

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