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Bulls Top SMU On WBB Senior Day, 72-51

Solid win for the Bulls in their final regular season home game of the year.

Photo by Al Messerschmidt,
Photo by Al Messerschmidt,

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.