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USF’s Sydni Harvey named AAC women’s player of the week

The sophomore from Nashville went 7-for-8 from 3-point range in Sunday’s rout of Temple.
USF guard Sydni Harvey (3), seen in a game against Memphis last season, tied her career high with 25 points in Sunday's 99-51 rout of Temple. [JONES  |  Tampa Bay Times]
USF guard Sydni Harvey (3), seen in a game against Memphis last season, tied her career high with 25 points in Sunday's 99-51 rout of Temple. [JONES | Tampa Bay Times]
Published Feb. 10
Updated Feb. 10

USF sophomore Sydni Harvey, who tied her career high with 25 points and went 7-for-8 from 3-point range in Sunday’s 99-51 romp of Temple, has been named American Athletic Conference Player of the Week.

Bulls rookie guard Elena Tsineke, who scored 21 of her career-best 25 in the first half against the Owls, was named the league’s freshman of the week.

USF (14-9, 6-3) has won four of five entering Wednesday night’s game at Tulane (12-11, 7-3), which currently is in sole possession of second place in the AAC. The Bulls host No. 5 UConn (20-2, 10-0) on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Huskies’ final trip to Tampa as a member of the AAC.

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In addition to her dead-eye long-range effort, Harvey ― a 5-foot-10 sophomore from Nashville ― collected two assists, two steals and no turnovers in 28 minutes. She also hit all four of her free throws en route to her seventh double-figure scoring effort in her last nine contests.

“I’m happy. I think we really had a good week of practice and just concentrated on ourselves,” Bulls coach Jose Fernandez said. "It’s a credit to her making shots, and also a credit to people screening for her and giving her passes in the right places.”

On the men’s side, Bulls junior Justin Brown, who had 14 points and a career-best 16 rebounds in Saturday’s 75-73 win at Memphis, also made the league’s weekly honor roll. The Bulls (11-12, 4-6) seek their first victory against a ranked foe in eight years Wednesday at 9 p.m. when they host No. 20 Houston (19-5, 9-2).

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