USF women narrowly miss top 25
Despite victories against name brands North Carolina and Georgia in a three-day span last week in the Bahamas, the undefeated USF women barely failed to crack the top 25 in the latest Associated Press poll released Monday.
The Bulls (4-0), who already have defeated two teams (Georgia, Jacksonville) that reached last season's NCAA Tournament, received more total points (51) than any unranked team. They can notch their first 5-0 start in four years Wednesday evening when they host FIU.
Buoyed by the long-range proficiency of sophomore Kitija Laksa USF (4-0), the Bulls trounced the Tar Heels and Bulldogs by a combined 44 points at the Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas. Laksa, who scored 34 points in both games and finished 14-of-27 from 3-point range for the tournament, was named the event's MVP.
On Monday, she was named American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week. Senior Ariadna Pujol was named a tournament all-star after totaling 49 points in the two contests, including a 26-point, seven-rebound effort in USF's 83-55 rout of North Carolina on Thanksgiving Day.