USF women's hoops gets first win vs. Gophers
Lots of weekend catching-up to do, and USF's women's basketball team, after a tough overtime loss to Arkansas on Saturday, bounced back for its first win of the year, beating Minnesota 60-52 to finish three days in Daytona Beach.
The Bulls (1-2), who have their home opener Tuesday night against North Florida at the USF Rec Center, got 18 points from junior guard Andrell Smith, who bounced back from a rough game Friday. Strong all-around game for guard Jasmine Wynne -- 12 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals. And junior Caitlin Rowe looks to be USF's best frontcourt player, with 11 points and seven rebounds.
Sophomore center Akila McDonald continues to struggle with fouls, logging only 14 minutes and again finishing with more fouls (three) than points (zero) or rebounds (two). And senior Daleisha Carn, a former starter, seems firmly planted in Jose Fernandez's doghouse, getting just three scoreless minutes off the bench.
From a scoring perspective, USF has good balance so far -- Rowe leads the team in points (12.7) and rebounds (8.0), with Smith, Wynne and Kaneisha Saunders averaging 11 each. The Bulls will find depth as the season progresses, with top scorer Andrea Smith still recovering from ACL surgery and junior college wing Inga Orekhova joining the team at midseason.