Women's hoops gets OT win vs. Iowa
Less than a day after a 30-point loss to No. 3 California, USF's women's basketball team rebounded with a big win, holding off a charge from Iowa in an 82-79 overtime victory in the Virgin Islands.
The Bulls (5-1) saw a 12-point lead disappear in the final eight minutes of regulation, with the Hawkeyes forcing overtime on Wendy Ausdemore's 3-pointer with three seconds remaining. Guard Shantia Grace had a game-high 27 points -- albeit on 6-for-21 shooting -- but four of her teammates scored in overtime to seal the win.
USF never trailed in the extra period, getting baskets from Brittany Denson, Jasmine Wynne, Porche Grant and Alexis Givands in overtime. Grant played 37 minutes off the bench, getting nine points and nine rebounds. The Bulls forced 27 turnovers, which helped offset a 50-37 rebounding edge for Iowa. Up three with nine seconds to play in overtime, Grace missed two free throws that would have put the game away, but Iowa's Kelly Krei missed a three with one second left.
Bulls senior guard Jazmine Sepulveda had six assists and zero turnovers in 41 minutes, adding nine points and a game-high four steals.
It's too early for computer ratings to mean too much, but to appreciate the significance of the win, USF went into the game with an RPI of 89, according to realtimerpi.com; Iowa (4-2) was rated No. 11..
The Bulls now face one more tough game in the Paradise Jam tournament, facing Texas Tech on Saturday. Iowa beat the Red Raiders 76-68 on Thursday. If you want to see 32 photos from the game, check out the Paradise Jam's official site here.