Marquette loss drops USF to 1-5 in Big East
Given a week of rest after an impressive win at Seton Hall, USF's women's basketball team reverted to many of the problems that led to the Bulls' 0-4 start as USF took a tough home loss to Marquette, 79-66, on Saturday night in the Sun Dome.
The Bulls shot 28.8 percent from the field and committed 24 turnovers, going from tied at halftime to trailing by as many as 19. Marquette (11-8, 3-3) is the kind of league opponent the Bulls (11-8, 1-5) need to beat at home if they aspire to kind of postseason play. Amazingly, even with the loss, there are four other Big East teams with only one league win, so the Bulls are still within a tiebreaker of making the cut for the conference tournament. Then again, they still have Connecticut, Rutgers, Notre Dame, DePaul and Pittsburgh on the schedule.
Guards Jazmine Sepulveda and Shantia Grace led the Bulls with 14 and 13 points, respectively, but did so on 8-for-25 shooting, with Grace fouling out after playing only 26 minutes. That's still a strong night, relatively speaking -- fellow guards Daiane Packer and Gianna Messina were a combined 1-for-14 with eight turnovers. USF outrebounded Marquette 51-43, but part of that was being able to get offensive boards on 25 of their own missed shots. Guard Krystal Ellis led Marquette with 30 points on 13-for-27 shooting.