USF women rout Tulane to open AAC play

Published December 31 2017
Updated December 31 2017

TAMPA — Maria Jespersen had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 25 USF opened AAC play with a 75-46 win over Tulane on Sunday.

Tamara Henshaw and Kitija Laksa added 14 points each and Laia Flores had 11 assists for the Bulls (11-3), who never trailed.

"It started with us taking care of the ball," Bulls coach Jose Fernandez said. "We had three turnovers in the first half and we moved it, shared it really well. It was the type of game we were able to play a lot of people as well and get a lot of people minutes."

Meredith Schulte had 10 points to lead the Green Wave (8-6), which had a three-game winning streak snapped.

NO. 13 FSU 103, UNC 65: Imani Wright hit a school-record eight 3-pointers and scored a career-best 33 to lift the host Seminoles (13-1) over the Tar Heels (10-4) in an ACC opener.

AUBURN 84, UF 55: The visiting Gators (8-6) blew an 18-2 first-quarter lead in their SEC opener. The Tigers (10-3) outscored Florida 30-4 in the fourth.

NO. 1 UCONN 97, MEMPHIS 49: Gabby Williams scored 20 for the host Huskies (11-0), who improved to 83-0 in AAC games in their conference opener.

NO. 2 N. DAME 96, WAKE 73: Arike Ogunbowale scored 25 and Marina Mabrey added 22 to help the visiting Fighting Irish (13-1, 2-0 ACC) win their sixth straight.

NO. 3 L’VILLE 55, N.C. STATE 47: Myisha Hines-Allen had 17 points and 12 rebounds as the visiting Cardinals (16-0, 2-0 ACC) set a program record for consecutive wins to start a season.

NO. 4 S.C. 61, NO. 22 TEXAS A&M 59: A’ja Wilson scored 25, including the go-ahead basket with 1.3 seconds left, and the host Gamecocks (12-1) rallied from 11 points down in the final 13 minutes to open SEC play.

NO. 6 BAYLOR 97, TEXAS TECH 49: Kalani Brown had 26 points and 10 rebounds for the host Bears (12-1, 2-0 Big 12).

NO. 7 TENN. 63, KENTUCKY 49: Evina Westbrook scored 17 and the visiting Vols (13-0) scored the game’s first 10 in an SEC opener.

NO. 8 TEXAS 79, NO. 9 W.?VA. 58: Brooke McCarty scored 17 for the host Longhorns (11-1, 2-0 Big 12), who held the Mountaineers (13-1, 1-1) scoreless for seven minutes bridging halftime.

NO. 10 OREGON 94, WASH. 83: Sabrina Ionescu set an NCAA record with her eighth career triple double, posting 24 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists to help the host Ducks (13-2, 2-0 Pac-12) to their fifth straight win.


NO. 2 MICH. ST. 108, SAVANNAH ST. 52: Nick Ward scored 21 for the host Spartans (14-1), who won their 13th in a row and have scored 100 in four straight games for the first time.