The highlight of the weekend for USF was probably the baseball team keeping it rolling against Wagner College, going 2-0-1 (they tied! A baseball game! That happened!) and running their record on the season to 4-2-1 (they tied! A baseball game! That happened!), but Josh will have more on that later. Here's the best of the rest.
Women's Basketball: The Bulls continued doing what they do best, which is trashing every team in the AAC not named UConn. After rebounding from that heartbreaking loss to ECU last weekend with an easy win over Tulsa, USF trounced Temple 79-53 on Sunday. Laura Ferreira led the way with a career-high 17 points, while Courtney Williams was excellent as usual with 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
Let's put that in perspective: the Bulls beat two teams who entered the game with a combined 18-10 record in conference by an average of... 29.5 points. This team is pretty good! In doing so, they clinched at least the number two seed in the upcoming AAC tourney and are technically still alive for a regular season title, sitting just one game behind UConn. They're 22-5 on the season, 13-2 in the AAC, and 24th in the RPI, but not ranked because [reason].
Anyway, it's time to start keeping an eye on where the ladies will end up in the NCAA Tournament. ESPN's latest bracketology has them as a 7 seed in Florida State's regional, but the Bulls have plenty more chances to move up in the regular season with two extremely winnable games at Cincinnati and UCF before hosting UConn on March 2nd.
Softball: The softball team hosted another tournament this weekend, matching up against #16 Auburn and Marshall twice and Dartmouth once. The Bulls had a wildly unsuccessful Friday, dropping games against Auburn and Marshall, then rebounded by trouncing Dartmouth and Marshall on Sunday. Their rematch against the Tigers wasn't quite as successful, as the Bulls lost 8-0 in five innings. USF is 8-7 on the young season, but they're a very respectable 8-2 against non-ranked opponents. Their next weekend tournament doesn't feature any ranked teams, so perhaps they can get a bit of a winning streak going.
Men's Tennis: The Bulls entered the Blue Gray Tennis Classic this weekend as favorites, and emerged as champions. USF, who is ranked a very respectable number 24 in the nation, beat #57 Boise State and #38 Texas Tech before topping #50 Princeton in the title game. Related: every team in college tennis is ranked*. Roberto Cid, who is a total stud, won the top singles match for the Bulls in the title game. Cid is currently the ranked as the 22nd best player in the nation, and should help the Bulls do some real damage this season.
* this is untrue.
Women's Tennis: We had a conference opener over here! The Bulls went to Fort Worth to take on TCU and SMU, the latter of which was the Bulls' AAC opener. Unfortunately, USF dropped both matches 5-2. USF is number 62 in the ITA rankings, while TCU is 17th. SMU is Unranked, and must thus be Shunned.