USF women rally from 15 down to win
Big, big home win for USF's women's basketball team tonight, rallying from a 25-10 deficit to pull out a 77-66 victory against Villanova in the Sun Dome. Amazingly, the Bulls committed only three turnovers -- while the media guide does not list a school record for fewest turnovers, it's hard to imagine this isn't a low in the program's history.
The Bulls (13-12, 3-9) regained the lead on a 3-pointer by Daiane Packer with 13:43 and did not trail Villanova (15-11, 5-8) again, leading by at least six points from the nine-minute mark on.
While Shantia Grace led the Bulls with 21 points, she did so on 8-for-26 shooting. The more impressive showings came from Jazmine Sepulveda and ChiChi Okpaleke, who scored 19 points each. Grace had seven assists and zero turnovers in 40 minutes; Okapaleke had a double-double with 11 rebounds, and sophomore Porche Grant, who played 33 minutes, had a game-high 15 rebounds to go with nine points. USF outrebounded the worst rebounding team in the Big East 48-34 -- a ridiculous 20-3 edge on offensive boards -- and won despite giving up 11 3-pointers.
If the Bulls are to make the Big East tournament, they'll really need to win against Saturday when they travel to face Georgetown, which at 3-8 is a half-game ahead of USF for 12th place -- the last spot to make it to Hartford -- in the Big East standings.