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Basketball preview: South Florida Bulls women at Syracuse

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Women: USF at Syracuse

When/where: 4; Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y.

TV/radio: ESPNU; 1010-AM

Records: USF 16-7, 3-6 Big East; Syracuse 14-8, 3-6

Notable: Can it be that USF is still alive for an NCAA Tournament spot? The Bulls haven't won consecutive games since December, with their past five losses all by at least 15 points, and are last in the Big East in all three shooting categories in league play: field goals (34 percent), free throws (57) and 3-pointers (24). The same team that ranked No. 2 nationally in scoring margin in December is now last in the league, but a win would move it ahead of a five-way tie for 10th place. … Syracuse has lost five of six but has three solid scorers in Chandrea Jones (15.2 in Big East), Nicole Michael (14.7) and Erica Morrow (13.1), who are all averaging more in conference games than USF's top scorer, Shantia Grace, who is averaging 12.2 points despite hitting 16 percent of her 3-pointers.

Greg Auman, Times staff writer

Basketball preview: South Florida Bulls women at Syracuse 02/07/09 [Last modified: Saturday, February 7, 2009 5:34pm]
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