Make us your home page
Instagram

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 boost NCAA resume, rout Georgetown

BIG EAST CHAMPS: Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins hollers after making a steal and drawing a foul during the third overtime of a 96-87 win over UConn.

Associated Press

BIG EAST CHAMPS: Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins hollers after making a steal and drawing a foul during the third overtime of a 96-87 win over UConn.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Freshman guard Courtney Williams scored 15 of her career-high 18 in the second half and Andrell Smith added 16 points for USF, which got a much-needed victory in its bid for an NCAA Tournament berth, 63-35 over Georgetown on Monday night.

The Bulls (20-9, 9-7) won five of their last six road games of the regular season and head into the Big East tournament as the eighth seed. They'll face ninth-seeded Rutgers at 2 p.m. Saturday in the second round at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn.

"I think we've shown we can win basketball games on the road and that's important. We did our job and we have to go to Hartford now and continue to play good basketball," said coach Jose Fernandez, who posted his fourth 20-win season with the Bulls.

The Bulls never trailed, opening the game on a 10-1 run. The Hoyas started 3-for-26 from the field, and USF forced 13 of its 22 turnovers in the first half.

"I thought we had a good plan and they executed. We did a good job in the half court defensively," Fernandez said.

Andrea Smith's 3-pointer gave USF a 35-11 lead with 14:35 left, and Andrell Smith's 3-pointer put the Bulls ahead 61-27 with 5:10 to play. Georgetown shot 16 percent from the field overall.

Andrea Smith had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Akila McDonald had 11 rebounds to help USF dominate on the glass 59-41. Sugar Rodgers scored 20 for the Hoyas (14-15, 5-11).

GRINER SETS MARK: Brittney Griner scored a Big 12 record 50 in her final regular-season game at Baylor, including her first dunk at home since she was a freshman, to lead the top-ranked Bears to a 90-68 victory over Kansas State. "It means everything to just go out with a bang like that," Griner said. "Got a dunk finally at home, scored 50. I mean there's not a better way to go out." Baylor (29-1, 18-0) wrapped up its second straight undefeated conference season.

IRISH WEAR DOWN HUSKIES: Skylar Diggins had 29 points and sparked a decisive run in the third overtime as No. 2 Notre Dame beat No. 3 Connecticut 96-87 to win the Big East regular-season title outright for the second straight year. The Fighting Irish (28-1, 16-0) became the first team to win six of seven games against the Huskies (27-3, 14-2) in more than two decades.

NO. 24 SYRACUSE 68, NO. 13 LOUISVILLE 57: Freshman Brittney Sykes and senior Kayla Alexander scored 16 each for the host Orange (23-6, 11-5), which snapped a three-game skid and passed the Cardinals (23-7, 11-5) for the third seed in the Big East tournament.

AP POLL: Baylor remained No. 1 for a ninth straight week. No. 22 LSU and No. 25 Toledo entered, replacing Iowa State and Purdue.

Men

NO. 4 KANSAS 79, TEXAS TECH 42: Jeff Withey had 22 points and all the seniors had big nights in their last home game for the Jayhawks (26-4, 14-3), who took a half-game lead over Kansas State in their quest for a ninth straight Big 12 title.

NO. 8 LOUISVILLE 67, UC 51: Russ Smith had 18 points for the host Cardinals (25-5, 13-4 Big East), who gave Rick Pitino his 300th victory at the school with their sixth straight win.

HAMPTON 75, B-CU 66: The host Pirates erased an 11-point second-half deficit to rally past Bethune-Cookman (12-18, 7-8 MEAC).

NORFOLK ST. 69, FAMU 58: The host Spartans beat the Rattlers (8-21, 5-10) to clinch the MEAC regular-season title.

USF women boost NCAA resume, rout Georgetown 03/04/13 [Last modified: Monday, March 4, 2013 11:43pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Alex Faedo, Florida advance to face LSU in College World Series finals

    College

    OMAHA, Neb. — Alex Faedo pitched three-hit ball for 71/3 innings in a second straight strong performance against TCU, and Florida moved to the College World Series finals with a 3-0 win Saturday night.

    Florida’s Austin Langworthy scores on a single by Mike Rivera in the second inning during a 3-0 victory over TCU.
  2. Jones: Bucs need success to get national respect

    Bucs

    Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones offers up his Two Cents on the world of sports.

    No respect

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter walks the field during the second day of mandatory minicamp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times
  3. Rays journal: Jumbo Diaz falters after getting within a strike of ending rally

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Saturday's game got away starting with a leadoff walk in the seventh inning by Rays LHP Jose Alvarado, who was brought in exclusively to face Baltimore's lefty-swinging Seth Smith.

    Rays reliever Jumbo Diaz wipes his face as he walks off the mound after the Orioles score four during the seventh inning to give them a 7-3 lead. Diaz was one strike away from working out of the jam before he allowed a two-run double and a two-run homer on back-to-back pitches.
  4. Rookie Jake Faria dissatisfied with performance in Rays' loss to Orioles

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The rookie pitcher walked to his locker Saturday after tossing the fourth quality start in as many tries to begin his career. He held the potent Orioles bats to three runs and for six innings gave his team a chance to win.

    Orioles third baseman Manny Machado tags out the Rays’ Mallex Smith at third after a rundown in the first inning.
  5. Roger Mooney's takeaways from Saturday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    It was refreshing to see RHP Jacob Faria take the blame after the loss even though he gave the Rays a chance to win. Too often young pitchers are encouraged by what they did and not necessarily the outcome, but Faria, making just his fourth big-league start, came to the Trop to win, didn't, and pointed the finger …