TAMPA — After four consecutive games against Power Five opposition, the injury-besieged USF women warranted a breather Friday night.
They got a laugher instead.
Down to only nine healthy players, the Bulls (6-2) placed five in double figures in a 79-36 romp of New Hampshire (1-7) in the opener of a Yuengling Center doubleheader that drew an announced crowd of 4,992.
The Bulls men rallied for a 73-63 victory against Colgate in the nightcap.
Six-foot-2 junior Alyssa Rader had a double-double (10 points, 13 rebounds), while 6-3 freshman Beatriz Jordao (17 points, eight rebounds) and senior wing Laura Ferreira (13 points, nine boards) came close.
The blowout was the Bulls' first contest since returning from the U.S. Virgin Islands, where their short-handed group fell to Kentucky and North Carolina before topping UCLA on Thanksgiving weekend. USF plays only twice over the next 15 days, during which time it hopes to adjust to the new normal it suddenly faces in the wake of an injury outbreak.
Joining All-America candidate Kitija Laksa (torn ACL) and 6-foot-1 forward Silvia Serrat (torn ACL) on the shelf is freshman backup point guard Eliza Pinzan, a five-star recruit from Italy out four to six weeks with an unspecified injury.
"Nobody's gonna feel sorry for us," said Coach Jose Fernandez, whose program is seeking its fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth. "This program's not taking a step back because we've gone through a little bit of adversity or we've got injuries. We're more than that."
The Bulls men, meantime, used a 15-2 run midway through the second half to rally past Colgate (5-3) and improve to 6-2 for the first time since 2013.
Sophomore Justin Brown began the surge with a four-point play (after being fouled on a 3-pointer) and a basket off a turnover, tying the score at 51-all.
The Raiders, who led by two at halftime, hit eight 3-pointers in the first 20 minutes, but went 3-for-12 from long range after intermission. Additionally, USF forced Colgate into a season-high 20 turnovers, recording 11 steals.
Sophomore David Collins led the Bulls with 20 points, while sophomore Alexis Yetna added 14.
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