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No. 15 USF women on cusp of first conference title

The Bulls can clinch the AAC’s regular-season crown with a win at home Tuesday night against UCF.
USF low-post standout Bethy Mununga moves the ball down the court against Tulsa during a Feb. 13 contest. The Bulls can clinch the American Athletic Conference regular-season title by defeating UCF in one of the teams' two meetings this week.
USF low-post standout Bethy Mununga moves the ball down the court against Tulsa during a Feb. 13 contest. The Bulls can clinch the American Athletic Conference regular-season title by defeating UCF in one of the teams' two meetings this week. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
Published Mar. 1
Updated Mar. 1

The 15th-ranked USF women’s basketball team has two opportunities this week — starting Tuesday evening — to make the 2020-21 season unprecedented for reasons beyond the masks and minimal audiences.

A victory in one of their two games this week against rival UCF (13-2, 11-1) gives the Bulls (14-2, 12-1) the American Athletic Conference regular-season conference title — and first league crown of any kind — in the program’s 49-year history.

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A split gives USF the league title — by percentage points — by virtue of being awarded a forfeit win from a Jan. 17 game against Memphis that wasn’t played. USF also would get the No. 1 seed for the conference tournament starting Monday in Fort Worth, Texas.

USF, coming off a 67-49 loss Sunday to Houston, finished second in the AAC to Connecticut four times in the league’s previous seven years. The Huskies, who never lost a league game, now play in the Big East.

The Bulls have won four of five since returning from a one-month layoff due to coronavirus issues that forced a sequence of postponements or cancellations.