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South Florida Bulls beat St. Bonaventure, reach WNIT semifinals

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — On the road for the first time in the women's NIT, South Florida eliminated St. Bonaventure 80-66 Sunday afternoon in the quarterfinals.

The Bulls next face Boston College, a 65-56 winner over Georgetown, in the semifinals at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

USF (25-10) got 20 points from Shantia Grace, the senior guard from Sarasota. Jazmine Sepulveda and Jessica Lawson added 14 and Janae Stokes and Brittany Denson had 11 and 10 points, respectively, before 4,133 at the Reilly Center, a school record for women's basketball. The Bulls have reached the semifinals for the first time in five WNIT trips.

Grace shot 3-for-10 from the field and 13-for-13 from the line, including 8-for-8 in the second half. She matched Sonya Swick's free-throw effort against UAB on Jan. 16, 1998, second best in school history.

Lawson added 14 rebounds for her second double double in three games.

Stokes' 25-foot 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer put the Bulls up 38-35.

The Bulls ran their advantage to double figures for the first time, 73-63, on a free throw by Jasmine Wynne with 2:38 left.

USF shot 50 percent (28 of 56) from the field and 85.7 percent (18 of 21) at the free-throw line.

USF 80

St. Bonav. 66

South Florida Bulls beat St. Bonaventure, reach WNIT semifinals 03/29/09 [Last modified: Sunday, March 29, 2009 9:45pm]
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