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USF women wrap up road trip with victory at Virginia Commonwealth

The No. 17 Bulls rally behind Elisa Pinzan and Dulcy Mendjiadeu Fankam.
 
USF guard Elisa Pinzan, show here during a March game, scored a career-high 24 points versus VCU on Sunday.
USF guard Elisa Pinzan, show here during a March game, scored a career-high 24 points versus VCU on Sunday. [ ERIC GAY | Associated Press ]
Published Dec. 13, 2021

RICHMOND, Va. — Elisa Pinzan scored a career-high 24 points and Dulcy Mendjiadeu Fankam scored 10 straight in a fourth-quarter rally to lead No. 17 USF to a 64-57 win over Virginia Commonwealth on Sunday.

VCU built a 27-26 halftime lead to 16 with a 15-0 run and led 49-36 heading into the fourth quarter.

Pinzan opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer and after a VCU basket, Sara Guerreiro hit a 3-pointer for the Bulls. Mendjiadeu Fankam then scored the next 10 points, the final basket making it 52-51. Pinzan ended the 16-0 run with a 3-pointer.

VCU missed nine straight shots during the USF run and was 2 of 15 in the fourth quarter.

After Pinzan’s 3, she scored the last nine USF points by going 9 of 10 from the foul line. Pinzan finished 6 of 8 from the field.

Mendjiadeau Fankham, a graduate transfer from Memphis, was 10-of-11 shooting in her first start to finish one point shy of matching her career high. She also had nine rebounds and Bethy Mununga had 12 as the Bulls owned the boards 42-20 and got 15 on the offensive end for 16 points.

Sarah Te-Biasu scored 17 points for VCU (5-4) with Taya Robinson adding 14 and Chloe Bloom 10. The Rams forced 19 turnovers and got 12 steals.

USF coach Jose Fernandez, in his 22nd season, is now two wins shy of 400 for his career (398-279).