USF women rally late, beat Friars 64-56 in overtime
TAMPA -- Inga Orekhova hit a 3-pointer with 5.6 seconds left to force overtime, and USF pulled away from there, sending senior guard Jasmine Wynne out with a 64-56 win over Providence in the final regular-season game at USF Rec Center.
"For us to finish the season like we did today, to send off our lone senior, was really special," said Jose Fernandez, who has been sick since Wednesday, missing a few practices and Monday's shootaround.
Orekhova, who had been 1-for-9 on 3-pointers, got a screen from Tiffany Conner and hit the three, then did the same for the first points in overtime, with the Bulls clinching the win with five free throws in the final 30 seconds. Orekhova had a game-high 17 points, with Wynne adding 15 on her Senior Night; point guard Sasha Bernard had 13 points and six assists, going 7-for-8 at the line.
The Bulls (16-14, 8-8 in Big East) will be the ninth seed in the Big East tournament, opening with Pittsburgh (0-16) Friday in Hartford. The Bulls won five more conference games than they did last year, marking the best improvement in the conference this year.