USF women upset Syracuse in OT
USF's late-season surge continued at the Big East tournament Saturday night, as the 11th-seeded Bulls knocked off sixth-seeded Syracuse 68-67 in overtime in Hartford, Conn.
Jessica Lawson scored four of USF's five points in overtime, and the Bulls won despite hitting 6 of 17 free throws on the night. Shantia Grace had a double-double with 25 points and 11 assists, becoming USF's career assists leader on the final dish.
USF (16-14, 6-11) advances to Sunday's quarterfinal against third-seeded West Virginia. The victory -- USF's third in a row -- helps the Bulls' chances of making the Women's NIT and playing in the postseason for the fifth year in a row.
The Bulls missed three free throws in the final 1:15 of regulation, then saw Syracuse's Erica Morrow hit a 3-pointer with six seconds left to force overtime.
USF, down 10 at halftime, took their first lead of the second half with 1:42 left when Grace banked in a 3-pointer for a 62-60 lead. Guard Jazmine Sepulveda had a chance to extend the lead but missed two free throws with 1:15 left; Grace hit a free throw with 27 seconds left to extend the lead to three, but missed a second free throw that would have made it a two-possession game.