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USF women give Jose Fernandez 350th win

The injury-riddled Bulls top Wichita State, 55-46
USF women's coach Jose Fernandez calls a play during the second half at the Yuengling Center earlier this season. Fernandez earned career victory No. 350 Saturday night against Wichita State. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
USF women's coach Jose Fernandez calls a play during the second half at the Yuengling Center earlier this season. Fernandez earned career victory No. 350 Saturday night against Wichita State. OCTAVIO JONES | Times
Published Feb. 24, 2019

A USF women's basketball season of astounding misfortune hasn't come without a milestone.

Behind 6-foot-2 sophomore Shae Leverett’s double-double (20 points, 18 rebounds), the Bulls (15-12, 6-7 AAC) topped Wichita State, 55-46, Saturday night at the Yuengling Center, giving 19th-year coach Jose Fernandez his 350th career victory.

Fernandez, who had lost three starters to season-ending injuries by early January, had only eight players available against the Shockers. None of the starters Saturday evening started USF’s season opener.

Yet USF suddenly has won three in a row. One more triumph assures the Bulls of a winning regular season.

“Really proud of the group,” Fernandez, 350-255 as Bulls coach, said on USF’s official radio broadcast. “We forget we’re playing with our bench.”

Leverett posted career-bests in points and rebounds for the Bulls, who shot only 2-for-18 from 3-point range but compensated by topping Wichita State 22-12 on the offensive glass.

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