Ouch: USF women lose to Florida Gulf Coast
USF's women's basketball team can say it made the postseason for the fifth year in a row, but that's just about all that the Bulls can say. USF lost Friday night in the opening round of the Women's NIT to Florida Gulf Coast University, a first-year Division I school that hadn't beaten an RPI top-100 team all season.
FGCU (22-8) got a 67-65 win over the Bulls (16-16) at Alico Arena in Fort Myers, overcoming a 34-point game by USF's Shantia Grace. The only other Bulls player scoring in double figures was sophomore Porche Grant, who had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. The Bulls missed their first 14 3-point attempts, finishing 1-for-15 as Grace hit a midcourt shot at the final buzzer. It's the third time this spring that FGCU has beaten the Bulls, having done so in baseball and softball as well.
FGCU had struggled against the state's major schools, losing to Florida by 26 points and to Florida State by 40. FGCU advances to play Florida in the second round on Monday night in Gainesville. The Naples News did a live blog from Friday night's game, which you can read here.
(Hey, for what it's worth, I'm told USF women's tennis beat FGCU 7-0 back in January. Just be glad they don't have a football team ...)