Following losses to Creighton and Virginia in the Florida Sunshine Classic before the holiday break, the USF women’s basketball team returned to action on Sunday afternoon with a 78-49 beatdown at the hands of the LSU Lady Tigers in Baton Rouge.
The Bulls (9-5) couldn’t overcome a 21-0 first quarter deficit and turned it over a season-high 27 times in their final nonconference contest of the year.
Trailing 50-16 at the half, USF shot 32% (17-for-53) from the floor and just 29% (6-for-21) from three-point range.
Redhirt sophomore Enna Pehadzic led all scorers with 12 points and four rebounds while senior Laura Ferreira finished with 11 points, three rebounds, two assists and a block.
Freshman Makela Kesnter provided USF with a mini-spark in the second half, knocking down her first career three-ball as the Bulls actually outscored LSU 33-28 in the third and fourth quarters.
Before the game, USF announced that freshman Luize Septe, deemed a five-star recruit out of Latvia by Passion Hoops and Blue Star Europe, was eligible to practice and play immediately after not being admitted into the university during the offseason.
She finished with four points, two rebounds and two assists in her green and gold debut.
USF will begin American Athletic Conference play this Saturday, January 5 in Philadelphia against Temple at 3 p.m. The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.