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USF women bounce back, beat Villanova



USF women's basketball ended a four-game losing streak and helped its chances of playing in the postseason with a 54-39 win against Villanova, sparked by 22 points from junior guard Andrell Smith.

The Bulls, now 13-13 and 5-7 in the Big East, had strong perimeter defense against the Big East's most prolific 3-point shooting team, holding the Wildcats to 5-for-25 shooting beyond the arc. USF also outrebounded Villanova 42-34, led by Tiffany Conner's 10 boards, and guards Sasha Bernard and Kaneisha Saunders stepped up with six and five assists, respectively.

USF has just four games left in the regular season, and Tuesday's game at Marquette (4-6 in Big East) is a pivotal one as the Bulls try to finish the regular season at .500 or better. The next two are almost assuredly a split, with Pitt (0-11) at home and Notre Dame (11-0) on the road, and then the Bulls finish the regular season at home against Providence (5-7). If USF were to go 3-1 in its last four, the Bulls would be assured of a winning record, even if they lost in the opening round of the Big East tournament.

[Last modified: Sunday, February 12, 2012 9:17am]


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