Speed's late 3 pushes Bulls past Louisville
Senior guard Allyson Speed -- who totaled just 21 points in USF's first 23 games this season -- had a career-high 24 points on Saturday, including a 3-pointer with four seconds left to give the Bulls a 63-60 win at Louisville.
USF (15-13, 6-9) had dropped five of six games coming in, but managed to win in the final women's regular-season game at historic Freedom Hall, against a team that made the national championship game last spring. Louisville (13-15, 5-10) has struggled with injuries, but it's still a solid win for the Bulls that should help them earn a position in the Women's NIT and extend their postseason streak to seven seasons.
Speed didn't score more than six points in the first two months of the season, then missed eight games with a knee injury feared to be season-ending. With three players indefinitely suspended the last five games, she's stepped up, scoring 20 points at Georgetown on Feb. 17, then Saturday's 24-point effort. She went 8-for-13 on 3-pointers, getting all of her points from beyond the arc.
Senior center Jessica Lawson added 17 points and eight rebounds, and freshman guard KaNeisha Saunders added 15, including six of the Bulls' last eight points before Speed's game-winning 3-pointer.
The Bulls, now 10th in the Big East standings, return home to finish the regular season Monday against DePaul (18-10, 7-7).