Shorthanded, USF women still rout Pirates
Despite having three guards out due to suspensions, USF's women's basketball team broke a two-game losing streak with an easy 53-38 win at Seton Hall on Saturday afternoon.
The Bulls (14-10, 5-6 in Big East) won without starting guards Janae Stokes and Sequoyah Griffin, along with reserve Dominique English, who have been suspended indefinitely for an unspecified violation of team rules. Stokes and Griffin are second and third on the team in scoring.
USF's reserves stepped up and played well, and the Bulls were led by senior center Jessica Lawson, who got yet another double-double -- her Big East-best 14th of the season -- with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Junior guard Leondra Doomes-Stephens added 11 points, seldom-used senior Allyson Speed matched a career-high nine points, and freshman Aleshia Flowers set a season high with four. Freshman point guard KeNeisha Saunders had nine points and a game-high seven assists.
Seton Hall (9-16, 1-11) went 2-for-27 in the first half, which ended with the Bulls up 28-12, and the Pirates opened the game 1-for-22 from 3-point range. USF, which led by 27 points with seven minutes to play, finishes a three-game road trip at No. 16 Georgetown on Wednesday, and it's unknown if the three suspended players will be back for that game.