The Bulls played well in this one to give seniors Akila McDonald and Inga Orekhova one last win on their home court.
USF (17-11, 12-5 AAC) lengthened their winning streak to five games and have won seven of their last ten, with the three losses being against top-ranked UConn twice and fifth ranked Louisville. Sophomores Alisia Jenkins and Courtney Williams both registered double-doubles, with Williams having a particularly monster game with 26 points and 11 rebounds. The Bulls dominated the inside game in all aspects, out-rebounding SMU a ridiculous 56-33. They also beat the Mustangs in second chance points by a margin of 16-6 and beat them in in the paint scoring by 28-16.
The two seniors both had solid nights overall. McDonald didn't have much going on scoring-wise (finishing with only 4 points) but came up big on the glass with 10 rebounds to move her into 11th on the all-time career rebounds list. Orekhova, on the other hand, finished with a nice 11 points and 6 rebounds. Inga now has 949 career points.
SMU (16-12, 7-10 AAC) didn't put up much of a fight in this one. They didn't lead at any point in the game and were beaten in every statistical category except blocks and steals. Senior Keena Mays had a big game for the Mustangs, though, with 22 points. Senior froward Akil Simpson also had a solid night with 11 points and 7 rebounds. Not much else positive could be said about this game for SMU though.
Up next for the Bulls is a huge bout on Monday night against Rutgers up in Piscataway, New Jersey. The winner of that matchup will clinch third place in the conference and likely secure a bid to the NCAA Tournament, with the loser possibly relegated to a trip to the WNIT. Tip off is set for 7:30 pm and can be seen on The American Network or heard on Bullcast Radio.