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Seniors Shae Leverett, Bethy Mununga remain with USF women’s team

The low-post standouts will employ the NCAA’s COVID-19 waiver for winter sports athletes.
USF women's basketball low-post standouts Shae Leverett (21) and Bethy Mununga (20) are taking an advantage of an NCAA COVID-19 waiver that grants senior winter sports athletes another season of eligibility.
USF women's basketball low-post standouts Shae Leverett (21) and Bethy Mununga (20) are taking an advantage of an NCAA COVID-19 waiver that grants senior winter sports athletes another season of eligibility. [ MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]
Published Apr. 2
Updated Apr. 2

For now, the USF women’s team appears immune to the portal fever sweeping across the college basketball landscape.

Case in point: low-post veteran starters Shae Leverett and Bethy Mununga announced Friday afternoon that they intend to remain with the Bulls for another season. As a result, the Bulls (19-4) conceivably could return all 10 players who appeared in their second-round NCAA Tournament loss to top-seeded North Carolina State.

Though both were classified as seniors this past season, they’ll employ the NCAA’s COVID-19 waiver granted to all winter sports student-athletes that permits an additional year of eligibility.

“Like we all know, every good thing has to come to an end,” Mununga said in a brief message issued Friday on social media. “But my time at USF is not over yet! My work as a Bull is not done and I am super excited to come back and finish the job!”

Mununga, a 6-foot native of Kinshasa, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo), averaged nearly a double double (9.7 ppg, 12.9 rpg) this past season, earning first-team all-American Athletic Conference honors. Her 11 double doubles led the league, and her 25 blocked shots led the Bulls.

Leverett, a 6-foot-2 native of Rincon, Ga., ranked second on the team (behind Mununga) in rebounds (6.8 per game) and blocked shots (22), averaging 4.4 points.

“I have accomplished so much during my time here and I have made history along the way,” Leverett wrote. “With that being said, I will be returning to make my final run as a Bull!”

Contact Joey Knight at jknight@tampabay.com. Follow @TBTimes_Bulls.

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