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USF women continue to own Tulane

The No. 24 Bulls win their 19th straight over the Green Wave as Bethy Mununga achieves another double double.
USF's Bethy Mununga, shown here in a game earlier this season, finishes with 26 points and 12 rebounds Wednesday in a win over Tulane.
USF's Bethy Mununga, shown here in a game earlier this season, finishes with 26 points and 12 rebounds Wednesday in a win over Tulane. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Published Jan. 13

NEW ORLEANS — Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu scored a career-high-tying 23 points, Bethy Mununga had another double double and No. 24 USF continued its mastery of Tulane with a 75-62 win Wednesday night.

Mununga scored 26 and had 12 rebounds, her third straight double double and fourth in the past five games, giving her 26 in her career.

USF (12-4, 2-0 AAC) has won 19 straight against Tulane, which hasn’t won in the series since Dec. 17, 2009.

The Bulls appeared poised to pull away when Elena Tsineke’s basket gave them a 58-48 lead with 6:57 left. But the Green Wave (8-5, 0-2) responded with an 8-2 run and were within 60-56 with 4:54 left. USF countered with an 11-4 spurt.

Tsineke finished with 12 points, and the Bulls made 22 of 25 free throws (88 percent).

USF dominated in the paint, outscoring Tulane 40-20. The post tandem of Mununga and Fankam Mendjiadeu combined to shoot 73.9 percent (17-for-23) from the field and 93.7 percent (15-for-16) from the free-throw line.

The victory was No. 699 in USF women’s basketball history.

Up next for the Bulls is another road game, this time at rival UCF at 3 p.m. Sunday.

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