TAMPA — Down 12 to the only winless team in the Big East with 12:30 left, USF went on a 28-6 run and got clutch baskets from junior guard Leondra Doomes-Stephens in a 61-51 win over Villanova on Tuesday at the Sun Dome.
The Bulls (13-8, 4-4) have won four of five after opening Big East play 0-3. Senior guard Janae Stokes scored 14, and freshman guard KaNeisha Saunders added 13.
Doomes-Stephens put USF ahead for good with a layup with 3:29 left, and she added the next four points, finishing with 10. Villanova (11-10, 0-8) led most of the game before collapsing down the stretch.
"We're in sixth place. We're tied for sixth with eight games to go," Bulls coach Jose Fernandez said. "You're looking at four new starters out on the floor from last year. We're 13-8. … With everything that's happened, these next eight are big.
"If you can go at least .500 in these next eight, 8-8 or 9-7 in this league, I think you're an NCAA-worthy type of team. We still have a lot of basketball to play."
USF ended the game on a 14-0 run as Villanova missed its last seven shots, with three turnovers in the last three minutes.
The Bulls host Rutgers on Saturday before going on a three-game trip: at Marquette, Seton Hall and Georgetown.
No. 1 UConn 80, No. 11 W. Va. 47: Kalana Greene scored 18 to help the host Huskies (22-0, 9-0 Big East) earn their 61st straight win, nine short of their NCAA and school record. Sarah Miles scored 14 for the Mountaineers (20-3, 7-2).
No. 18 Georgetown 67, No. 25 St. John's 57: Sugar Rodgers scored 15 of her game-high 17 in the first half for the host Hoyas (19-3, 8-1 Big East). Eugeneia McPherson had 14 points for the Red Storm (18-4, 6-3).
Men: No. 16 Badgers thump No. 5 Spartans
MADISON, Wis. — Jason Bohannon scored 19 and Jordan Taylor added 17 as No. 16 Wisconsin (17-5, 7-3 Big Ten) cruised to a 67-49 win over No. 5 Michigan State (19-4, 9-1).
The Spartans' Kalin Lucas injured his right ankle in the second half and had to be helped off the court.
No. 2 'nova 81, Seton Hall 71: Corey Stokes hit two 3-pointers during the decisive run and scored all of his 11 in the second half for the host for the Wildcats (20-1, 9-0 Big East).
No. 3 Syracuse 85, Providence 68: Standout reserve Kris Joseph had a career-high 23 points, Arinze Onuaku added a season-high 20 and the host Orange (22-1, 9-1 Big East) won its ninth straight.
No. 4 Kentucky 85, No. 25 Ole Miss 75: John Wall scored 17 for the host Wildcats (21-1, 6-1 SEC). Terrico White led the Rebels (16-6, 4-4) with 19 points.
No. 10 Kansas St. 76, Nebraska 57: Denis Clemente scored 23 and Jamar Samuels added 15 for the host Wildcats (18-4, 5-3 Big 12).
No. 12 BYU 76, TCU 56: Jimmer Fredette scored 26 and Jackson Emery had 12 points and six assists to lead the host Cougars (22-2, 7-1 Mountain West).
UCF 67, East Carolina 56: Taylor Young scored 16 and had six assists for the visiting Knights (11-11, 3-5 C-USA), who ended a three-game skid.
Wake Forest 62, Miami 53: C.J. Harris scored 12 to lead the host Demon Deacons. Freshman Garrius Adams scored 13 for the Hurricanes (16-6, 2-6 ACC), who have lost five of six.
Minnesota: Junior point guard Al Nolen, ruled academically ineligible, lost his appeal to the NCAA for reinstatement.
Information from Times wires was used in this report.