Grace injured as Bulls fall to 0-4 in Big East
A bad start to Big East play has gotten significantly worse for USF's women's basketball team, which lost a key league home game to Providence 61-49 on Tuesday night after leading scorer Shantia Grace was sidelined early by a sprained right ankle.
USF (10-7, 0-4) has now dropped five in a row, putting any expectations of postseason play in jeopardy. Providence (11-5, 1-2) came in winless in conference play, but led 39-24 as the Bulls struggled without Grace. USF shot 28.8 percent from the field, led by center Jessica Lawson, who had 11 points on 2-for-8 shooting. The Bulls forced 23 turnovers, but committed 20 themselves.
Grace, who played only six minutes and did not score, was questionable for the second half but did not return; she's expected to be able to travel with the team for its next game, Saturday at Seton Hall. With an 0-4 start that includes three home losses, USF is in danger of missing the Big East tournament, which only takes 12 of the league's 16 teams.