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USF Bulls women's team loses to James Madison in WNIT

HARRISONBURG, Va. — The USF women's season ended Friday with a 72-45 loss at James Madison in the third round of the WNIT.

The Bulls (19-16) tied a season low for points, almost 20 below their season average.

"We picked a bad night to play as poorly as we did, but James Madison had a lot to do with it as well," USF coach Jose Fernandez said.

USF shot 21 percent against the Dukes (27-7) and were outrebounded 62-33.

"That's been our weak spot this season," Fernandez said of the rebounding.

Inga Orekhova posted a team-high 11 points and senior Jasmine Wynne added 10, ending her USF career with 958 points and 185 steals.

Rivers to NBA?

Duke freshman guard Austin Rivers will declare for the NBA draft and is expected to be a first-round pick, various reports said. He's expected to make the announcement next week.

Rivers would be the fourth player under Mike Krzyzewski to play one season then leave for the NBA. The others: Corey Maggette, Luol Deng and Kyrie Irving.

"He hasn't decided anything yet," said his father, Doc Rivers, who coaches the Celtics. "He's got to make a decision. He leans one way one day, then the other. That's part of it.

"It's good that he has choices. It'll be soon."

Doc Rivers said it would be "interesting" if his son played for the Celtics next season.

nebraska names coach: The Cornhusers hired Colorado State's Tim Miles as coach. Miles, 45, is expected to be introduced today. Miles, who replaces Doc Sadler, finished his fifth year at Colorado State, taking the Rams to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2003. Nebraska last played in the NCAA Tournament in 1998.

Duquesne: Ron Everhart has been fired as coach after going 99-89 in six seasons and taking the embattled program to postseason play three times. Questions began to surface this week, when three members of the team — including sophomore point guard T.J. McConnell, the team's best overall player — announced intentions to transfer.

minnesota: The NCAA granted forward Trevor Mbakwe a sixth season, but he hasn't said if he will return next season, when he would be 24, after rehabbing a torn right knee ligament.

wake forest: Center Carson Desrosiers and guard Anthony Fields will transfer, leaving the Demon Deacons with four scholarship players returning from a team that went 13-18.

naismith grandson dies: Ian Naismith, the grandson of the inventor of basketball James Naismith who ran a foundation in the family name dedicated to promoting youth sports, died Tuesday of a heart attack. The Naismith International Basketball Foundation announced the death on its website and listed Ian Naismith's age as 72.

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