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Coach questions effort as South Florida Bulls women's basketball loses at home to Marquette

TAMPA — Fresh off a huge road win at Rutgers, USF women's basketball lost a game it needed to win Tuesday night, falling 71-56 to Marquette in the Sun Dome.

"When you have to coach effort, that's a huge problem," coach Jose Fernandez said. "We were doing that a lot tonight. That's a big concern, especially when you have as many upperclassmen as we have. … The free-throw shooting was absolutely horrible."

The Bulls (16-7, 3-6 Big East) hurt themselves at the line, hitting just 18 of 34 attempts, and could do little to stop Marquette's Angel Robinson, who scored a game-high 30. The Golden Eagles (13-9, 4-4) completed a season sweep of the Bulls, having won by eight in Milwaukee last month.

"What's frustrating to me is how you can win a big game on the road and come home and lose worse than you lost when you played them at their place," guard Janae Stokes said. "The overall word I could use for this game was 'effort.' "

USF got 13 points from Shantia Grace and 11 from Jessica Lawson, but those two also combined for nine turnovers. Senior guard Jazmine Sepulveda had a rough night, going 1-for-8 from the field and 1-for-8 from the free-throw line.

Top 25

NO. 1 UCONN 75, RUTGERS 56: Maya Moore scored 24 and Kalana Greene added a season-high 17 for the host Huskies (22-0, 8-0 Big East), who have won by an average of 33 points. Connecticut has blown out No. 2 Oklahoma, dismantled then-No. 2 North Carolina and routed No. 5 Louisville.

NO. 5 LOUISVILLE 78, SYRACUSE 57: Angel McCoughtry had 18 points and a career-high 20 rebounds for her 10th double double of the season for the host Cardinals (21-2, 8-1 Big East).

NO. 22 PITT 82, NO. 19 NOTRE DAME 70: Shavonte Zellous scored 29 to top 2,000 for her career, and the host Panthers (17-4, 7-2 Big East) won their sixth straight. The Irish (16-5, 5-4) have lost four of six.

NO. 12 TENNESSEE: Sophomore forward Vicki Baugh has a torn left knee ligament and is out for the season.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

Coach questions effort as South Florida Bulls women's basketball loses at home to Marquette 02/03/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 4, 2009 12:26am]
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