Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

USF women upset Syracuse

NO DEFENSE: Baylor center Brittney Griner tries to shake off Texas’ Imani McGee-Stafford, left, and Celina Rodrigo on a drive to the basket in the second half. Griner has 30 points in the Bears’ 24th win in a row.

Associated Press

NO DEFENSE: Baylor center Brittney Griner tries to shake off Texas’ Imani McGee-Stafford, left, and Celina Rodrigo on a drive to the basket in the second half. Griner has 30 points in the Bears’ 24th win in a row.

TAMPA — For the second time in four days, USF significantly upgraded its NCAA Tournament resume by knocking off a ranked opponent as the Bulls upset No. 21 Syracuse 68-66 in the Sun Dome on Saturday afternoon.

"I think this team's made a statement, beating two (top 25) teams in a matter of … days," coach Jose Fernandez said. "I think we'll get some national attention, that's for sure."

The Bulls (19-7, 8-5 Big East) rallied from 13 points down in the second half, taking the lead on an Andrell Smith 3-pointer with 1:42 left, then breaking a tie on Akila McDonald's shot with 24 seconds left. Syracuse's last-second heave missed, and the Bulls celebrated their win, coming on the heels of an upset Wednesday night at No. 12 Louisville.

Those wins could result in the Bulls being ranked for the first time in the program's history.

"Are we deserving? I think so," Fernandez said. "You just beat two pretty good teams, and the losses that we have, I think this team has shown they can play with anybody in the country. Rutgers is our next focus, and we'll go from there."

The Bulls hit 11 3-pointers against a Syracuse team that came in with the Big East's toughest 3-point defense in conference play. Andrell Smith finished with 16 points and twin Andrea Smith had 18; freshman Alisia Jenkins had all six of her points in the final five minutes.

"It's kind of been everything we wanted, to be honest. We've worked so hard," said Andrell Smith, who also had six assists. "We're starting to see it pay off. If we can keep this thing rolling, that's just confidence that we'll have going into each game."

TAMPA 58, BARRY 47: Illyssa Vivo and Moriah Hodge had 15 points each for the host Spartans (16-8, 6-8 Sunshine State).

ECKERD 73, P.B. ATLANTIC 46: Rana Thomas had all of her 15 points in the first half for the host Tritons (13-10).

ROLLINS 87, SAINT LEO 74: The host Tars overcame Chelsea Williams' career-high 26 points for the Lions (12-13, 7-8 SSC).

Top 25

NO. 1 BAYLOR 67, TEXAS 47: Brittney Griner scored 30 for the Bears (26-1, 15-0 Big 12), who won their 24th in a row overall, 54th straight at home and 37th in a row in the conference.

NO. 3 UCONN 90, SETON HALL 30: Kelly Faris and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had 18 points each as the host Huskies (25-2, 12-1 Big East) bounced back from their loss to Baylor.

NO. 23 OKLA. ST. 83, OKLAHOMA 62: Toni Young had 17 points and 12 rebounds to give her 1,004 for her career for the host Cowgirls (19-7, 8-7 Big 12).

NO. 25 GREEN BAY 80, VALPO 38: The host Phoenix (22-2, 12-0 Horizon) won its 17th game in a row.

900 ELUSIVE: Host St. John's beat Rutgers 61-48 to deny coach C. Vivian Stringer her 900th victory. The Scarlet Knights have lost four straight since Stringer earned her 899th win.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

USF women upset Syracuse 02/23/13 [Last modified: Sunday, February 24, 2013 12:05am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays blow lead in ninth, lose in 10 to Rangers (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Rays manager Kevin Cash liked the way Alex Cobb was competing Friday night. He liked the way the hard contact made by the Rangers batters went away after the second or third inning. So as the game headed toward the ninth, there was no doubt in Cash's mind that sending Cobb back to the mound was …

    Rays starter Alex Cobb can hardly believe what just happened as he leaves the game in the ninth after allowing a leadoff double then a tying two-run homer to the Rangers’ Shin-Soo Choo.
  2. Rays journal: Steven Souza Jr. gets extra day off to let hip heal

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — RF Steven Souza Jr. ran in rightfield before batting practice under the watchful gaze of the Rays training staff and manager Kevin Cash. Afterward, Souza told Cash he could use one more day of rest before playing on the left hip he strained Wednesday in Oakland.

    Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Brad Miller (13) gets a hug from right fielder Steven Souza Jr. (20) after his solo home run in the fourth inning of the game between the Texas Rangers and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Friday, July 21, 2017.
  3. Rays vs. Rangers, 7:10 p.m. Saturday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Rangers

    7:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: FS1; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

  4. Roger Mooney's takeaways from Friday's Rays-Rangers game

    The Heater

    Looks like LF Corey Dickerson is coming out of his funk at the plate — .186 average in past 16 games entering Friday. He had two hits Wednesday in Oakland and three hits Friday against the Rangers. Okay, one was an infield hit that bounced high in front of the plate, but the other was a long home run to …

  5. History shows Ole Miss upheaval tough to overcome


    After Mississippi football coach Hugh Freeze resigned Thursday, with the opener six weeks away, offensive line coach Matt Luke is being thrown into an interim head coaching position. He will try to save a season that already had been scarred by a self-imposed bowl ban for NCAA violations.

    After coach Jim Tressel resigned, Ohio State went 6-7, including a loss to Florida in the Gator Bowl, in 2011.