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South Florida women's basketball preview: vs. St. John's

USF women vs. St. John's

When/where: 7; Sun Dome, Tampa

TV: Bright House Sports Network

Records: St. John's 13-1, 1-0 Big East; USF 13-3, 0-2

Notable: These are two teams likely to be battling for the Big East's last spots for the NCAA Tournament, so a home win is a must for the Bulls after a winless start in league play. … USF's top three scorers — guards Shantia Grace, Jazmine Sepulveda and Janae Stokes — have gone a combined 12-for-69 in the two losses, and it will be hard for USF to win without solid perimeter shooting. … Expect 3-pointers to play a big role tonight — St. John's has the Big East's best percentage beyond the arc at 39.7, while USF has hit the most 3s of any league team, averaging 8.1. … St. John's is led by 5-11 guard Monique McLean (18.6 points, 6.3 rebounds) and 6-1 freshman forward Da'Shena Stevens (11.5 points, 7.8 rebounds). … The Red Storm lacks size inside, so USF should be able to get a rebounding edge from seniors Jessica Lawson and Brittany Denson, as well as subs Porche Grant and Melissa Dalembert. All four are at least 6-2, and St. John's has no players taller than 6-2.

Greg Auman, Times staff writer

South Florida women's basketball preview: vs. St. John's 01/09/09 [Last modified: Friday, January 9, 2009 11:05pm]
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