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BULLS TAKE A BIG BLOW IN BID FOR TOURNEY

Aminata Diop has 16 points, and Georgetown pulled away for a 66-56 victory Saturday over USF that damaged the Bulls' hopes of reaching the Big East tournament.

Shantia Grace had 15 points, 10 in the second half, plus six assists and three steals for USF (13-13, 3-10), now a game behind the Hoyas for the 12th and final spot in the conference tournament with three games left in the regular season. Shanice Fuller added 12 points and eight assists for Georgetown (14-12, 4-9), which snapped a three-game losing streak.

USF was looking for its first back-to-back wins since the end of December.

The Bulls led once, 21-20 on Grace's running jumper with just less than six minutes left in the first half. The Hoyas then went on a 10-1 run capped by Fuller's 3-pointer.

USF got within 30-25 at halftime and as close as 34-30 on ChiChi Okpaleke's layup with 15 minutes left in the game. Georgetown then followed that with a 7-1 run.

Okpaleke and Melissa Dalembert had 11 points each. Porche Grant had eight points and 11 rebounds for USF, which shot just 33.9 percent (19-of-56) from the field, including 22.2 percent (4-of-18) from 3-point range.

Georgetown's bench outscored the Bulls' 24-6.

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