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No. 20 USF women beat Drexel, improve to 2-0

HOME RUN: Nate Britt, left, guarding Fairfield’s Jerome Segura, matches his career high with 17 points as top-ranked North Carolina wins its 14th straight home opener.

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HOME RUN: Nate Britt, left, guarding Fairfield’s Jerome Segura, matches his career high with 17 points as top-ranked North Carolina wins its 14th straight home opener.

TAMPA — Alisia Jenkins had 16 points and 21 rebounds and No. 20 USF beat Drexel 73-58 in the second round of the preseason WNIT Sunday.

Courtney Williams scored 26 on 11-of-24 shooting. Laura Ferreira added 11 points for the Bulls (2-0), who had only 10 turnovers and six personal fouls. USF had 17 turnovers and committed 23 fouls Friday against Jacksonville.

"Defensively I feel like we followed the game plan a little bit better than we did last game," Williams said.

Rachel Pearson and Sarah Curran had 15 points each to lead Drexel (1-1).

USF struggled with the Dragons' zone offense for much of the game. Drexel hit seven 3-pointers in the first half and were 10-of-31 from long range for the game.

"I think they hit some really tough shots, especially late in the shot clock. And those are the toughest, when you defend for 24-25 seconds," USF coach Jose Fernandez said.

The Dragons got within 62-58 with seven minutes left in the game, but the Bulls closed with an 11-0 run.

"I thought the last six minutes of the game we really defended," Fernandez said. "We just went small and switched everything."

NO. 2 S.C. 92, UNC GREENSBORO 44: A'ja Wilson had 19 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks to lead a dominant showing by the inside players for the host Gamecocks (2-0).

NO. 3 N. DAME 85, BUCKNELL 54: Muffet McGraw picked up win No. 700 as Irish coach, and Brianna Turner scored 21 to lead host Notre Dame in its season opener.

NO. 4 TENN. 102, CENT. ARK. 47: Kortney Dunbar had career highs of 24 points and 13 rebounds for the host Vols in their season opener.

CAL 75, NO. 8 LOUISVILLE 71: Courtney Range and Kristine Anigwe scored 19 each for the Bears, who outrebounded the host Cardinals 50-27 in Louisville's season opener.

NO. 13 TEXAS A&M 88, SOUTHERN 47: Courtney Williams scored 18 for the host Aggies (2-0), who played smothering defense in the second half.

NO. 14 DUKE 78, WINTHROP 50: Azura Stevens had 18 points, 14 rebounds and eight blocks for the host Blue Devils (2-0), who set a school record with 16 blocks.

NO. 18 KENTUCKY 68, NO. 15 ARIZ. ST. 64, OT: Makayla Epps sank a jump shot off a spin move and hit two free throws in the final 36 seconds of overtime to lift the visiting Wildcats (2-0) over the Sun Devils (0-1).

NO. 16 STANFORD 65, GONZAGA 48: Erica McCall had 23 points and 13 rebounds for the visiting Cardinal (2-0), which closed with a 19-1 run.

NO. 19 N'WESTERN 89, HOWARD 49: Nia Coffey scored 27 to top 1,000 points for her career for the host Wildcats in their season opener.

OREGON 79, NO. 22 UNC 77: Lexi Bando scored 18 for the Ducks as the host Tar Heels opened with two straight losses for the first time.

NO. 24 MICH. ST. 78, W. MICH. 40: Akyah Taylor had 12 points, 10 rebounds and four steals for the host Spartans in their season opener.

NO. 25 CHATTANOOGA 60, BUTLER 49: Moses Johnson had 12 points and nine rebounds to lead the host Mocs (2-0).

TONIGHT: No. 7 Florida State opens its season at Florida at 5:30. The game will be broadcast on the SEC Network.

Men

NO. 1 UNC 92, FAIRFIELD 65: Nate Britt matched his career high with 17 points for the Tar Heels (2-0), who led all the way to win their 14th straight home opener.

NO. 17 WIS. 92, SIENA 65: Bronson Koenig scored 23 for the host Badgers (1-1).

NO. 23 PURDUE 107, VERMONT 79: Dakota Mathias scored 17 for the host Boilermakers (2-0) in the Naismith Hall of Fame Tipoff.

No. 20 USF women beat Drexel, improve to 2-0 11/15/15 [Last modified: Sunday, November 15, 2015 11:17pm]
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