USF women get big OT win against St. John's
Big day for USF athletics, first with men's basketball's convincing win at DePaul, then huge news that Armwood defensive end Ryne Giddins committed to the Bulls over Florida, and now USF's women's basketball has picked up a key win, edging St. John's 81-71 in overtime at the Sun Dome.
(Caveat: I wasn't at the game. Just following it online from home, for full disclosure.)
Senior center Jessica Lawson had USF's first six points in overtime, finishing with 19 points on 8-for-10 shooting. The Bulls went 7-for-8 on free throws in overtime to seal the win after struggles there allowed St. John's to tie the game late in regulation.
USF (14-3, 1-2) trailed by as many as eight points in the second half but led 68-62 with 2:19 left, but St. John's (13-2, 1-1) hit two 3-pointers in the final 1:30 to cut USF's lead to 69-68 with 25 seconds remaining. Guard Shantia Grace went 2-for-4 on free throws in the final 40 seconds, and USF's Ashley Sanders committed a foul with one second remaining, allowing St. John's star Monique McLean to tie the game with two free throws. USF never trailed in the extra period.
It's a big win for USF, helping offset a loss at Marquette in the Bulls' Big East opener. According to RPIratings.com, St. John's was No. 60 coming in, two spots ahead of USF, so it's USF's fourth win against an RPI top 100 team.
The Bulls got 17 points from guard Janae Stokes, making her first start after averaging 13 points off the bench this season. Guard Jazmine Sepulveda added 13 points and nine assists. Grace, the team's leading scorer coming in, had 10 points on 2-for-10 shooting.