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USF Bulls women's basketball season preview 2010-11

ROSTER

No. Player Ht. Pos. Yr.

1 Jasmine Wynne 5-7 G Jr.

2 Leondra Doomes-Stephens 5-10 F Sr.

3 KaNeisha Saunders 5-7 G So.

4 Tiffany Conner 5-9 G So.

5 Sasha Bernard 5-6 G So.

11 Porche Grant 6-2 C Sr.

12 Andrell Smith 5-8 G So.

13 Tahira Johnson 6-1 F So.

14 Mary-Madison Sims 5-5 G Fr.

21 Andrea Smith 5-8 G Jr.

22 Aleshia Flowers 6-1 F So.

30 Salla Ekstrom 6-2 C Fr.

32 Akila McDonald 6-4 C Fr.

33 Daleisha Carn 6-0 F Jr.

SCHEDULE

Nov. 12 Jacksonville, 5

Nov. 14 at Middle Tennessee State, 1

Nov. 17 Stetson, 7

Nov. 20 Morgan State, TBA

Nov. 22 Auburn, 7

Nov. 26 at UAB, 5

Nov. 27 at Samford, 4

Nov. 30 Florida Atlantic, 7

Dec. 2 Connecticut, 7

Dec. 12 North Florida, 2

Dec. 14 Wake Forest, 7

Dec. 18 vs. UNLV, 6

Dec. 19 vs. SMU, 8

Dec. 20 vs. Texas, 8

Dec. 30 at Nebraska, 8:05

Jan. 5 Cincinnati, 7

Jan. 8 at Providence, 2

Jan. 11 at DePaul, 9

Jan. 16 Marquette, 3:30

Jan. 22 at West Virginia, 4

Jan. 25 Seton Hall, 7

Jan. 29 at Syracuse, 1

Feb. 5 Notre Dame, 7

Feb. 8 at Georgetown, 9

Feb. 12 at Pittsburgh, 2

Feb. 16 St. John's, 7

Feb. 19 Louisville, noon

Feb. 23 at Rutgers, 7:30

Feb. 26 at Villanova, noon

Feb. 28 Georgetown, 7

March 4-8: Big East Tournament (Hartford, Conn.)



Coach: Jose Fernandez (158-149, 10th season at USF)

Last season: 15-16, 6-10 (T-10th in Big East). Lost in WNIT first round.

Notable: Newcomers will again play a huge part for the Bulls as Fernandez fields what he considers his most talented team ever. USF has made seven straight postseason appearances, but six are in the WNIT, and Fernandez is confident this team can find its way back to the NCAA Tournament. Andrea Smith was the junior college national player of the year and should step in as the top scorer; the top returning scorer is sophomore KaNeisha Saunders, who averaged 9.6 points last season. USF gets a big boost in the post with the return of PF Porche Grant, who redshirted last season due to pregnancy. Grant led the Bulls in rebounding in the two previous seasons, and she'll line up with two tall freshmen — 6-4 Akila McDonald from Georgia and 6-2 Salla Ekstrom from Finland for a formidable front line. Fernandez's challenge is turning all that talent into a cohesive lineup that can use its speed and athleticism to outpace opponents without turning the ball over too much, as last year's teams often did. To reach the NCAAs, the Bulls likely need to finish in the top half of the Big East and pick up a quality nonconference win or two early on. Two-time defending national champion Connecticut comes to the Sun Dome on Dec. 2.

Greg Auman, Times staff writer

USF Bulls women's basketball season preview 2010-11 11/05/10 [Last modified: Saturday, November 6, 2010 9:26pm]
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