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.
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.