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2013-14 USF Bulls women's basketball preview

Coach: Jose Fernandez (211-195, 13 seasons at USF and overall)

Last season: 22-11, 9-7 Big East (NCAA Tournament, second round)

Notable: Already on the outer fringes of the national polls, the Bulls — who opened Friday with a close loss to No. 8 Maryland — have the depth and skill to make their first Top 25 appearance at some point. American Athletic Conference coaches picked them to finish third. "I think this is, from a depth standpoint, probably the deepest team we've ever had in our program," coach Jose Fernandez said. Four of the top six players return from last season's NCAA Tournament team, and Fernandez landed an eight-player recruiting class. Sophomore Alisia Jenkins, though slender at 6 feet 1, is a rebounding machine (6.2 rpg in 2012-13) and forms a fierce frontcourt tandem with 6-4 senior Akila McDonald (6.0 rpg). The loaded perimeter includes 6-2 senior G Inga Orekhova (12.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg), who can be a matchup nightmare. Among newcomers to watch are former Boca Ciega sharpshooter Tamara Taylor and 6-1 freshman G Ariadna Pujol, a Spanish national team member who led her under-17 squad to second at the 2012 World Championships.

Roster

No. Player Pos. Ht. Cl.
1 Ivana Vuletic F/C 6-3 Jr.
2 Micah Kroll G 5-8 So.
3 Tamara Taylor G 5-10 Jr.
4 Neena Pacholke G 5-7 Fr.
5 Trimaine McCullough G 5-8 Fr.
10 Courtney Williams G 5-8 So.
11 Ariadna Pujol G 6-1 Fr.
13 Inga Orekhova G 6-2 Sr.
14 Paige Cashin F/C 6-4 Fr.
15 Shavontae Naylor G 5-9 So.
21 Jayla King G/F 6-0 Fr.
23 Shalethia Stringfield G 5-6 RSo.
24 Alisia Jenkins F 6-1 So.
31 Laura Marcos Canedo G 5-8 RFr.
32 Akila McDonald C 6-4 Sr.
45 Katelyn Weber F/C 6-5 Fr.

Schedule

Sunday Central Connecticut St., 2

Wednesday Jacksonville, 7

Nov. 17 at Bradley, 4

Nov. 20 North Carolina Central, 7

Nov. 24 Clemson, 2

Dec. 4 at Florida Gulf Coast, 7

Dec. 8 Stetson, 1

Dec. 14 at Oklahoma State, 4:30

Dec. 18 Middle Tennessee State, 7

Dec. 21 at College of Charleston, 7

Dec. 28 Rutgers, 7

Dec. 31 Houston, 3

Jan. 4 at SMU, 4:30

Jan. 7 Temple, 7

Jan. 12 Louisville, 3

Jan. 18 at UCF, 7

Jan. 21 Cincinnati, 7

Jan. 26 at Connecticut, noon

Jan. 29 Houston, 7

Feb. 2 at Louisville, 2

Feb. 5 at Memphis, 8

Feb. 8 UCF, 2

Feb. 16 Connecticut, 4

Feb. 19 at Cincinnati, 7

Feb. 22 at Temple, 2

Feb. 25 Memphis, 7

March 1 SMU, 7

March 3 at Rutgers, 7:30

2013-14 USF Bulls women's basketball preview 11/08/13 [Last modified: Friday, November 8, 2013 9:34pm]
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