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USF women beat BC to reach WNIT finals



USF's women's basketball team continues to get its biggest wins away from home, as the Bulls hit eight 3-pointers in the second half to beat Boston College 82-65 on Wednesday and advance to the championship of the Women's NIT.

The Bulls (26-10) continue to make history with more wins and the deepest postseason run in USF basketball history -- men's or women's. The Bulls, who trailed by six early in the second half, will play Saturday at Kansas, which advanced by beating Illinois State on Wednesday.

Freshman Jasmine Wynne stepped up again with 19 points, including five in a 9-0 run that extended USF's lead to 59-49 with 7:41 to play. Junior guard Janae Stokes, who had a game-high 22 points, added two 3-pointers in a span of 20 seconds for a 65-50 lead.

USF committed just five turnovers, helping overcome a strong height advantage for Boston College, which outrebounded the Bulls 41-31, led by 6-6 center Carolyn Swords, who had 22 points and 14 rebounds. After going 1-for-8 on 3-pointers in the first half, the Bulls hit eight of 13 attempts after halftime. Guard Shantia Grace scored 16 points, and center Brittany Denson had 12 for the Bulls.

-- A Big East-SEC Invitational doubleheader may be coming to Tampa in December, but USF wouldn't be participating. The four-year deal between the two conferences calls for each Big East team to play once, and since the Bulls played Vanderbilt in Nashville this past season, they wouldn't be involved.

Florida, however, could be playing in Tampa for the second time in nine months -- ESPN Regional is considering a doubleheader at the St. Pete Times Forum in mid-December that would have a Florida-Notre Dame game as the headliner. Nothing has been finalized, but it would be the first-ever meeting between the two programs.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 6:12pm]


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