WICHITA — USF led by eight points in the fourth quarter but went cold, and Wichita State pulled off the upset 64-56 Sunday afternoon in a potentially costly loss for the Bulls.
USF (15-5, 5-2 American Athletic Conference) missed 14 of its last 15 field-goal attempts and for the day was just 3-of-22 on 3-point tries. Kit Laksa led the Bulls with 16 points and Maria Jespersen had 12 points and 11 rebounds.
In a season in which the AAC lacks any clear NCAA Tournament teams after UConn, any conference loss can be damaging to USF.
"When you go on the road, you’ve got to make your free throws," head coach Jose Fernandez said. "You’ve got to take care of the ball, and everybody is going to play hard and passionate against you. Nobody is going to lay down against a team like us. It’s disappointing."
The Shockers (9-12, 4-3) won their fourth in a row.
Rangie Bessard and Diamond Lockhart scored 16 each for the Shockers despite going a combined 11-for-38 from the floor. Wichita did its damage with offensive rebounds, getting 12 of its 20 in the second half.
The Bulls were up just 46-44 when they closed the third quarter on an 6-0 run, but they missed a layup that would have given them their only double-digit lead of the day, and Wichita State charged back.
The Shockers had an early five-point lead, but USF worked back for a 31-26 halftime advantage.
NO. 12 FSU 50, NO. 2 LOUISVILLE 49: A.J. Alix made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:04 left and Nicole Ekhomu added a free throw with 7.8 seconds left for the visiting Seminoles (18-2, 6-1 ACC), who trailed 22-9 after the first quarter before rallying against the Cardinals (20-1, 6-1).
UF 61, OLE MISS 60: Haley Lorenzen had 18 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for the host Gators (10-10, 2-5 SEC), who overcame a 13-point deficit by outscoring the Rebels 18-4 in the fourth quarter. Lorenzen grabbed an offensive rebound and put it in with 27 seconds left for the winner.
NO. 1 UCONN 113, TEMPLE 57: Kia Nurse scored 24 and freshman Megan Walker added a career-best 22 for the visiting Huskies (18-0, 7-0 AAC),
NO. 5 N. DAME 90, CLEMSON 37: Arike Ogunbowale and Jackie Young scored 23 each, and the host Irish (18-2, 6-1 ACC) shot 62 percent from the floor.
NO. 3 MISS. ST. 71, NO. 6 TENN. 52: Victoria Vivians had 24 points and nine rebounds as the visiting Bulldogs (20-0, 6-0 SEC) matched the best start in school history. The Vols (16-3, 4-2) have lost three of four.
NO. 10 S.C. 81, KENTUCKY 64: Senior A’Ja Wilson came off the bench and scored 26 after missing two games because of an ankle injury, leading the visiting Gamecocks (16-3, 5-2 SEC).
NO. 25 MIAMI 86, N.C. STATE 81: Bruce Brown Jr. scored 19 for the visiting Hurricanes (14-4, 3-3 ACC), who shot 58 percent and made 10 of 19 3-pointers in their best offensive performance since November.
NO. 2 UVA 59, WAKE 49: Kyle Guy scored 17, and the visiting Cavaliers (18-1, 7-0 ACC) won their 10th straight game.
CLEMSON: Forward Donte Grantham will miss the rest of the season for the 20th-ranked Tigers with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
Information from Times wires was used in this report.