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USF women dominate Tulsa on the road

The No. 21-ranked Bulls use a suffocating defense to win their fifth straight game.
USF guard Elisa Pinzan, shown here during a game on Dec. 1, 2020, scores a game-high 13 points on Wednesday, Dec. 30, in a victory at Tulsa.
USF guard Elisa Pinzan, shown here during a game on Dec. 1, 2020, scores a game-high 13 points on Wednesday, Dec. 30, in a victory at Tulsa. [ MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]
Published Dec. 31, 2020

TULSA, Okla. — Elisa Pinzan made 3-of-5 3-pointers and had 13 points to help No. 21 USF beat Tulsa 63-35 Wednesday night.

Pinzan finished 5-of-9 from the field and had four assists and two steals. The Bulls (6-1, 3-0 American Athletic Conference) won their fifth straight and third straight road game to open the conference season. Bethy Mununga added 11 points and seven rebounds, and Sydni Harvey and Elena Tsineke scored 10 apiece.

Wyvette Mayberry scored nine points on 3-of-17 shooting for the Golden Hurricane (1-3, 0-3). Madi Washington also scored nine. Tulsa made 11 of 57 (19 percent) from the field and 6 of 24 (25 percent) from 3-point range.

USF scored the first seven points and never trailed in the game. The Bulls held Tulsa to 13 first-half points and had their largest lead at the final score.

Shae Leverett grabbed a team high eight rebounds in the win.

The 28-point margin of victory is the largest for USF since defeating East Carolina by 29 points, 81-52, on Feb. 25, 2020. The 35 points for Tulsa are the fewest allowed by the Bulls in an American Athletic Conference game since Cincinnati scored 36 in a 75-36 loss to the Bulls on Feb. 7, 2015.

The Bulls flexed their muscles inside against Tulsa, outscoring the Golden Hurricane 30-8, which included 11 points from Mununga and six points from Beatriz Jordao.

The win over Tulsa improved USF’s record in the all-time series to 8-0.

USF’s 6-1 start marks just the seventh time during the Jose Fernandez coaching era (since the 2000-01 season) that the Bulls have won at least six games through their first seven outings.

Up next for the Bulls is a home game at 4 p.m. Saturday against East Carolina.

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