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USF women fall to Cincy in Big East first round



USF's women's basketball team, continuing to struggle while shorthanded in recent weeks, was upset in the opening round of the Big East tournament in Hartford, with the 11th-seeded Bulls falling 63-51 to 14th-seeded Cincinnati.

The Bulls (15-15, 6-10 in Big East) were down only six points with seven minutes to play, but the Bearcats (12-17, 4-12) went on an 11-0 run to put the game out of reach. USF got 14 points and six assists from freshman guard KaNeisha Saunders, but had no other players score in double figures. USF finished the year with only eight players after three were suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules. Here's the boxscore from

USF is still hopeful of getting a spot in the Women's NIT -- which the Bulls won last season -- to extend its postseason streak to seven in a row under Jose Fernandez. Six of those seven have come in the WNIT, and the Bulls could potentially host an opening-round game next week.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 8:15pm]


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