USF women fall at Marquette, 63-50
Perimeter shooting continues to be a problem for USF's women's basketball team, which went 4-for-21 (19 percent) beyond the arc in a 63-50 loss at Marquette on Tuesday night.
The Bulls (13-10, 4-6) dropped their second game in four days, following a home loss to Rutgers on Saturday. USF was within five points with six minutes to play, trailing 48-43, but Marquette (14-9, 5-5) scored the next eight points to put the game away.
Senior center Jessica Lawson led the Bulls with 17 points and 12 rebounds, but USF committed 22 turnovers. The Bulls have two more road games before they play again in Tampa, with a game at Seton Hall (9-14, 1-9 in Big East) on Saturday and then a game at No. 13 Georgetown (19-3, 8-1) on Feb. 17. Because of bad weather, USF will travel directly to Seton Hall rather than return home between games. The next home game is Feb. 20 against No. 8 West Virginia (21-3, 8-2).
With an RPI of 72 before the Marquette loss, it would take a very strong finish for USF to put itself in contention for the NCAA Tournament, as the Bulls are 0-6 against teams in the RPI top 50. It's more likely the Bulls will return to the Women's NIT for the sixth time in seven seasons.
Here's the USF-Marquette boxscore from ESPN.com.