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USF Bulls beat Boston College in WNIT semifinal

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — The USF women's basketball team continues to get its biggest wins away from home. The Bulls hit eight 3-pointers in the second half to beat Boston College 82-65 on Wednesday night and advance to the championship game of the Women's NIT.

The Bulls have won four straight and eight of nine. USF (26-10) plays at Kansas, a 75-72 winner over Illinois State, at 2 p.m. Saturday.

USF led 5-0 two minutes in on a layup by Jazmine Sepulveda. A Jasmine Wynne layup made it 13-11 with 10:27 left.

But Boston College (23-12) pushed in front and led by as many as six. It allowed the Bulls to regain the lead at 26-25 on USF's only 3-pointer of the half, by Shantia Grace, with 3:03 left.

The Eagles led 32-28 at halftime.

The Bulls came out in the first four minutes of the second half and scored 14 of the first 21 points, getting three 3-pointers from junior guard Janae Stokes.

They held the Eagles without a field goal from the 12:10 mark to 6:28.

Wynne, a freshman guard, stepped up again with 19 points, including five in a 9-0 run that extended USF's lead to 59-49 with 7:41 to play. Stokes, who had a game-high 22 points, added two 3-pointers in 20 seconds for a 65-50 lead.

USF forced Boston College into 15 turnovers, which led to 25 points, while committing just five, including two in the second half.

After going 1-for-8 on 3-pointers in the first half, the Bulls hit 8 of 13 attempts after halftime. Grace scored 16 points, and center Brittany Denson had 12 for the Bulls.

USF, which shot 35.5 percent from the field in the first half, totaled 44.4 and hit 42.9 percent from behind the arc.

The Bulls hit 81 percent of their free throws.

Boston College had the height advantage, and it showed. It outrebounded the Bulls 41-31, led by 6-foot-6 center Carolyn Swords, who had 22 points and 14 rebounds.

USF Bulls beat Boston College in WNIT semifinal 04/01/09 [Last modified: Thursday, April 2, 2009 6:31am]
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