Sunday, February 25, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Fast-starting Bulls roll in Big East road game

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. — Inga Orekhova had a career-high 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting for USF, which opened with a 26-8 run and cruised past Seton Hall 68-49 Saturday.

Orekhova hit five 3-pointers and Jasmine Wynne added 14 points for the Bulls (10-8, 2-2 Big East), who rebounded from losses to Georgetown and Louisville.

"I am just glad that we were able to bounce back and get the win. We had two tough losses in a row against top-25 teams in Georgetown and Louisville that we should have won, so it was good to bounce back," coach Jose Fernandez said.

Both of USF's conference wins have been on the road. The Bulls opened conference play Jan. 3 with a 58-55 victory at Cincinnati.

"This league is so tough to go on the road, so anytime you can go on the road and win it is impressive," Fernandez said.

The Bulls shot 41 percent from the floor and had a 40-33 rebounding edge against the Pirates (7-12, 0-5). They improved to 7-1 this season when outrebounding their opponent.

NOVA SE 54, TAMPA 37: The Sharks held the host Spartans (7-8, 1-5 Sunshine State) to 28.9 percent shooting (13-of-45).

ECKERD 57, P.B. ATLANTIC 43: Krystal Charles had 15 points, eight rebounds and three blocks for the visiting Tritons (9-4), who never trailed.

ROLLINS 60, SAINT LEO 41: The visiting Tars used a 16-0 second-half run to rally past the Lions (6-9, 0-5 SSC).

Top 25

NO. 2 NOTRE DAME 76, CINCINNATI 50: Natalie Novosel scored 21 for the visiting Fighting Irish (17-1, 5-0 Big East), who have won 19 straight against teams from Ohio.

NO. 3 UCONN 72, VILLANOVA 49: Tiffany Hayes scored 14 of her 22 in the second half for the visiting Huskies (14-2, 4-1 Big East), who broke it open with a 12-3 second-half run.

NO. 4 STANFORD 80, COLORADO 54: Joslyn Tinkle matched her career high with 20 points for the visiting Cardinal (15-1, 6-0 Pac-12), which won its 12th in a row.

NO. 8 RUTGERS 71, NO. 16 L'VILLE 68, OT: Erica Wheeler hit an off-balance 3-pointer with the shot clock running out in overtime, and the host Scarlet Knights (15-2, 4-0 Big East) rallied to beat the Cardinals (14-4, 3-2) for their sixth straight win and first over a ranked team.

KANSAS ST. 62, NO. 10 TEXAS TECH 61: Jalana Childs had 23 points for the visiting Wildcats, who handed the Raiders (14-2, 2-2 Big 12) their second loss in a row.

NO. 12 TEXAS A&M 59, IOWA ST. 33: Adaora Elonu had 14 points as the visiting Aggies (11-4, 2-2 Big 12) bounced back from Wednesday's home loss to unranked Texas.

NO. 14 Wis.-GREEN BAY 68, DETROIT 59: Adrian Ritchie scored 20 to help the visiting Phoenix (15-0, 5-0 Horizon League) post a school-record 35th straight regular-season victory.

NO. 21 DEPAUL 86, PITT 83: Anna Martin had 29 points and nine rebounds for the host Blue Demons (15-3, 3-1 Big East), who rallied from an eight-point second-half deficit.

SAINT MARY'S (CALIF.) 66, NO. 23 GONZAGA 63: The visiting Gaels hit four free throws in the last 25 seconds to end a 34-game West Coast Conference winning streak by the Bulldogs (15-3, 4-1).

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