After dropping two of three games in the U.S Virgin Islands Paradise Jam, the USF women’s basketball team returned home to blow past New Hampshire 79-36 at the Yuengling Center on Friday night.
“Getting back from the Virgin Islands, I think what this team needed was to get back in the gym and practice,” head coach Jose Fernandez said. “Concentrating on us was huge and these next three weeks are crucial.”
Holding only a 6-5 lead at the first media timeout, the Bulls blasted off on a 17-0 run to take complete command of the game.
USF (6-2) finished with six players in double figures, including talented freshman Beatriz Jordao who led all scorers with 17 points and eight rebounds.
On the heels of an 9-0 run, the Bulls grabbed a 38-11 halftime lead. New Hampshire’s 11 first half points ranks 8th on USF’s all-time list of fewest points allowed.
Junior Alyssa Rader registered a double-double, finishing with 10 points and 13 boards.
“It’s good to have a team win like this, it definitely helps us,” Rader said. “Coming off a tournament where we didn’t come home with what we wanted, but then coming back and having team chemistry and a team win like this really important for the next few games coming along.”
The lone senior on an injury-plagued roster, Laura Ferreira added 13 points and nine rebounds.
Following the game, Fernandez announced that backup point guard Eliza Pinzan will be out four to six weeks with an undisclosed injury. The five-star recruit joins star Kitija Laska and Silvia Serrat, who are already lost for the season.
“Nobody’s gonna feel sorry for us,” Fernandez added. “This program’s not taking a step back because we’ve gone through a little bit of adversity or we’ve got injuries. We’re more than that.”
USF will have a week-long academic break before hosting George Washington on Sunday, December 9 at 2 p.m.