A well-timed run helped USF enter its first Big East Tournament on a positive note.
Jessica Dickson had 22 points and Jessica Jackson 21, tying a school record with six 3-pointers, and the Bulls pulled away with a 12-0 run midway through the second half Tuesday night to beat Georgetown 71-57 and clinch the tournament's No. 7 seed.
USF (19-10, 9-7), which tied the school record for conference wins, opens the tournament 6 p.m. Saturday at the Hartford Civic Center against 10th-seeded Notre Dame. The Bulls are looking for their first NCAA Tournament appearance.
The Hoyas (10-17, 3-13) shot 8-of-9 over an 18-8 run that cut a 46-35 USF lead to 54-53 with 13:12 left in the game. Dickson and Jackson then scored five each in the four-minute spurt that gave the Bulls a 66-53 lead with 8:25 left.
Georgetown missed five shots during the USF run and made one field goal over the final 13:12.
Dickson, the nation's leading scorer with 22.4 per game going in, shot 10-of-22 and had six rebounds. Nalini Miller added 11 points and eight rebounds for USF.
RUTGERS: Athletic officials are negotiating a settlement to buy out the contract of coach Gary Waters, according to several news organizations. Athletic director Robert Mulcahy reportedly was upset that Waters flew to Ohio on Feb. 11 for induction into Kent State's athletic hall of fame, where he coached from 1996-2001. A snowstorm delayed flights and forced Waters to miss the Scarlet Knights' game the next day against Marquette.