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USF women dominate Houston for eighth straight win

Maria Alvarez leads the way for the 18th-ranked Bulls with a career-high 23 points.
USF guard Maria Alvarez drives the ball down the court in the second quarter against Wichita State at the Yuengling Center on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.
USF guard Maria Alvarez drives the ball down the court in the second quarter against Wichita State at the Yuengling Center on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Published Jan. 10, 2021

TAMPA — Maria Alvarez scored a career-high 23 points with six 3-pointers and Bethy Mununga scored 12 with 14 rebounds, and No. 18-ranked USF blitzed Houston after intermission on the way to an 80-51 win Saturday night.

The Bulls (9-1, 6-0 American Athletic Conference) have won eight straight.

With a 44-38 halftime lead, USF put the clamps on Houston (5-4, 2-3), holding the the Cougars to 13 percent shooting in the third quarter and outscoring them 19-5. Miya Crump was the only Cougar to score in the third as they missed 13 of 15 shots.

Elisa Pinzan scored 11 points and distributed 14 of the Bulls’ 22 assists. Sydni Harvey and Elena Tsineke each scored 12.

Crump scored 16 and Julia Blackshell-Fair 10 for Houston.

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