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USF Athletics Roundup: Early 2019 Edition

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With basketball season in full swing and many spring sports preparing to heat up, we thought it’d be a good time to catch you up on all the happenings in South Florida Bulls Athletics.

Here’s what you missed.

Men’s Basketball (14-6, 4-4 AAC)

The Bulls picked up victories over Wichita State and East Carolina last week to register the program’s most wins since the 2011-12 season.

Redshirt freshman Alexis Yetna posted his league-leading 10th double-double with a career-high 28 points and 13 rebounds in the ECU win and was named the American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Week for a FOURTH time this season.

Leading the nation with 3.30 steals per game, redshirt junior Laquincy Rideau is only three steals away from setting USF’s new single-season record. He also leads the AAC with 5.8 assists per game.

USF returns to the Yuengling Center on Saturday at noon to face Memphis. The game will be televised by ESPNU.

Women’s Basketball (11-9, 2-4 AAC)

Still with only eight healthy players, the short-handed Bulls have dropped four of their last five games including a 46-44 defeat at SMU on Saturday.

USF shot a dismal 27.8% from the field, made just four of 25 three-point attempts, and missed 12 of their 22 free throws in the loss on Saturday while going scoreless for the final 7:21 of the fourth quarter in a collapse to Memphis on Wednesday.

Despite the injury struggles, freshman Sydni Harvey leads the conference in free throw percentage and sophomore Shae Leverett ranks second in the AAC with 1.6 blocks per game.

The Bulls host Cincinnati on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. before traveling to Oviedo for a rematch with the C. Knights on Sunday afternoon.

Men’s Tennis (2-2)

Led by senior Alberto Barroso-Campos, the Bulls opened the 2019 campaign with a 5-2 victory over FGCU on January 19.

At the Jerry Simmons Invitational in Baton Rouge, USF grabbed a 4-0 win over Nichols State before dropping two matches later in the weekend, a 4-2 decision to Penn State and a 4-3 loss to Georgia State.

Barroso-Campos, the nations 43rd-ranked player, picked up singles victories in the loss to the Nittany Lions and the Panthers.

Next, USF heads to Waco, Texas for a match at No. 11 Baylor on Friday at 7 p.m before traveling to face No. 3 Mississippi State on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Women’s Tennis (2-3)

After falling to LSU 6-1 on January 19, the Bulls finished up ITA Kickoff Weekend in Athens, Georgia with a 4-2 win over William & Mary.

Senior Ana Roman Dominguez defeated No. 1 Katrina Jokic in straight sets in USF’s 5-2 loss to host Georgia on Friday and allowed only one point in the first set to her opponent on Saturday.

USF returns home to host Middle Tennessee State on Saturday at noon and North Florida on Sunday at noon. Both matches are free to attend.

Notables:

  • Track and field captured five individual titles and posted three of the top 10 times in school history at the Hawkeye Invitational in Iowa over the weekend. Check out the full results here.
  • Women’s golf kicked off its spring season as the host of the Florida Challenge on Monday at Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club. You can get live scoring here.
  • Men’s golf will have its first team tournament of the spring at the Gator Invitational Feb. 16-17 in Gainesville.
  • Softball announced they will host Team Japan on Monday, February 11 at 6 p.m. More info here.