When you hold your opponent to 19% shooting and force 11 turnovers in the first half, winning becomes that much easier and that’s what happened on Saturday afternoon as The University of South Florida Women’s basketball team easily defeated The University of Central Florida Knights 89 to 54 in front of 1,475 fans at the Sun Dome.
Led by Courtney Williams’ fifth double-double of the season, the Bulls were in control most of the game and used a 13-to-2 run to take the score from a 4-4 tie to 17-6 lead that the Knights weren’t able to overcome the rest of the game.
In addition to Williams’ 18 points and 12 rebounds, 12 of the 15 USF players that saw action in the game scored including Ariadna Pujol’s 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting and Alisia Jenkins’ 13 to go along with eight rebounds.
The Bulls dominated every aspect of the game — points in the paint (44-20), rebounds (53-34) and points off turnovers (30-7) but Head Coach Jose Fernandez knows that the team still must improve free-throw block outs, executing game situations coming out of timeouts and squaring the ball up more on the elbow if they want any chance of upsetting Uconn on February 16th.
Outside of Andrea Hines contributing 19 points and four rebounds, it seemed as if the Knights were out of sync offensively and were unable to take advantage of the 13 offensive rebounds. UCF, who next game is against SMU on February 11th, drops to 9-14 (2-10) on the season and have lost 10 of their last 11 games in conference play.
The 89 points scored by USF were the most in conference play for the Bulls and second only to the 93 points scored against North Carolina Central for the season. The team improves their record to 13-10 and 8-4 in conference play and will now have a week off to prepare for the rematch next Sunday with the No. 1 Uconn Huskies. This time the Bulls must do a better job containing guard Bria Hartley and forward Breanna Stewart who combined for 55 total points during the January 26th blowout in Hartford Connecticut.