Women's NIT: USF at Florida
When/where: 7; O'Connell Center, Gainesville
Radio: Tape-delayed on 1010-AM after NCAA Tournament
Records: USF 15-15; Florida 14-16
Notable: USF opens its defense of its WNIT championship, with the field expanding from 48 to 64 teams this year. … Florida is in with an "automatic berth" as the best SEC team not taken by the NCAA, which explains how it is in the postseason with a losing record. … The last time these programs met was the 2005 WNIT, when the Bulls beat the Gators in Tampa in the first round. Florida has a 36-5 edge in the all-time series. … USF is led by senior center Jessica Lawson, who led the Big East in double doubles, while Florida doesn't have a player averaging in double-digit scoring. Guard Jordan Jones leads with 9.2 points per game. … USF juniors Sequoyah Griffin and Dominique English, who were indefinitely suspended last month along with senior Janae Stokes for a violation of team rules, will not return to the program, USF confirmed Tuesday. … Tonight's winner advances to face the winner of tonight's Florida Gulf Coast-Miami game, with site and date to be announced.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer