USF men, women take road losses in hoops
USF's men's basketball team took a 64-50 loss at No. 1 Connecticut on Saturday, and here's the story from Times correspondent Carl Adamec. USF played without senior guard Jesus Verdejo, who was out with an injured heel, and without him, the Bulls struggled with their outside shooting.
USF's women, however, took a much more damaging loss, falling by 15 at West Virginia, which came in with just three league wins. Here's the story from USF's official site. Senior guard Shantia Grace played 40 minutes without a turnover, but went 4-for-17 from the field, and the Bulls as a team hit just 6 of 22 3-point attempts.
The loss drops them to 5-8 in the Big East -- just a week ago, they were tied with Rutgers and Marquette at 5-6 in league play, but USF has lost two and the Scarlet Knights and Golden Eagles have won two each. The Bulls (18-9) have three league games left in the regular season, and it will likely take a sweep of those three games or a strong run in the Big East tournament if USF wants to make the cut for the NCAA Tournament. A third straight Women's NIT berth -- and the team's fifth in six years -- is now what the Bulls hoped to accomplish this season.
USF is now 10th in the Big East standings and is two games out of eighth, meaning the Bulls likely won't have a first-round bye in the conference tournament in Hartford. It's good for USF, in the sense that they'll get an extra win in that opening round, but the Bulls would need at least two wins on back-to-back days in the tournament to establish themselves as being one of the top eight or nine teams in the league for NCAA consideration.
USF baseball got its first win of the season Saturday against Purdue, behind a solid start by sophomore Derrick Stultz. Here's the writeup from USF's official site.