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February 10, 2013

USF wins twice-delayed match

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Providence, R.I. - Neither snow nor being postponed could stop the USF women's basketball team from defeating the Providence Friars.

After being pushed back three times due to Winter Storm Nemo, Sunday afternoon's match in Providence saw the Bulls pick up an important road win, decidedly dominating the Friars by the score of 82-54.

After a week of rest, Coach Jose Fernandez knew his team would have to get back into the swing of things in a hurry.

"We really have concentrated on us," Fernandez said when asked how his players were dealing with the layoff, "Our bye week has definitely changed. We're just dealing with it."

The effects of not having played a game in seven days were somewhat apparent during the first half, as the Friars were able to keep pace with the Bulls for the entire 20 minutes. Going into the half with only a 28-23 lead, it was clear that USF would need a big second half to put Providence away.

A big second half is exactly what the Bulls had. The team put up 54 points, 40 of which came from within the paint. Freshman guard Courtney Williams scored all 15 of her points in the second half, helping the team to shoot 61 percent in that time.

Freshman Alisia Jenkins went 7-for-7 from the field, garnering yet another double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Bulls. Guard Inga Orekhova had her third-highest scoring game of the season with 21 points, and also grabbed two rebounds and four assists while helping to secure USF's fourth victory in five games.

A nearly 30-point win on the road will certainly look good for the NCAA tournament resume, though Fernandez is quick to say that he is not looking that far into the future.

"It's got to be one game at a time," said Fernandez, "We're preaching to our kids to play ever possession, not taking a play off. It's going to be the same constant."

Because of the lingering effects of the blizzard, USF's home game against St. John's has been moved from Tuesday to Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. The game will be shown on CBS Sports Network.



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