USF women dominate Hoyas for crucial 63-35 win
USF coach Jose Fernandez had called it a must-win game for the Bulls' NCAA Tournament hopes, and his players didn't disappoint. USF dominated at Georgetown, leading the Hoyas 43-11 with 12 minutes to play and cruising to a 63-35 statement win.
The Bulls finish the regular season 20-9 overall and 9-7 in the Big East -- they'll have the No. 8 seed in the Big East tournament, playing ninth-seeded Rutgers on Saturday at 2, with the winner advancing to face regular-season champion Notre Dame.
If the Bulls can win Saturday -- they lost at Rutgers last week -- they should lock up just the second NCAA Tournament berth in school history. Lose, and they're squarely on the bubble. ESPN.com's Charlie Creme had USF among the last four teams making the cut, but that was before a road win by 28 points against a team that was 58 in today's RPI ratings.
USF's defense held the Hoyas to 17 percent shooting -- the Bulls had 57 total rebounds, including 23 on offense. Freshman Courtney Williams led the way with 18 points and Andrell Smith had 16. The Bulls won by a huge margin despite seeing top shooters Andrea Smith and Inga Orekhova go a combined 4-for-25 from the field. Andrea Smith finished with 11 points.