USF women’s basketball used a dominating defensive performance to cruise right past Saint Francis (PA.) 62-23 on Sunday afternoon. The Bulls forced a season-high 25 turnovers and held the Red Flash to 13.5% shooting from the field.
FINAL | USF holds Saint Francis to 1-of-28 shooting from the field from the second quarter on as the Bulls defeat the Red Flash 62-23. Elena Tsineke with 13 points in her first collegiate game, Shae Leverett with 12 points, 13 rebounds, Tamara Henshaw with 10 points in the win . pic.twitter.com/ixbYvUZyOd— USF W. Basketball (@USFWBB) November 24, 2019
After one quarter of action, the Bulls led just 16-10, but quickly turned it into high gear for the rest of the game, limiting the Red Flash to just a single field goal for the remainder of the game. In fact, the Red Flash went more than 26 minutes without a made field goal until they finally made a basket with 3:35 left in the fourth quarter.
Freshmen newcomer Elena Tsineke lead the Bulls with a game-high 13 points, going 4-for-8 from the field, 1-for-2 from the three point line, and 4-for-5 from the charity stripe. Junior Shae Leverett notched her sixth career double-double, scoring 12 points and collecting 13 rebounds as the Bulls dominated the post on both sides of the court.
The game quickly got out of hand in the second quarter when USF outscored Saint Francis 16-2. It didn’t get much better in the second half with USF outscoring the the Red Flash 20-4, with again, their only points coming off of free throws in the third quarter.
The Bulls will travel to Mexico for the Cancun Challenge where they will face three tournament teams from last year in three days. The Bulls will start by playing South Dakota State on November 28th, then Florida Gulf Coast on the 29th, and finally the NCAA national runner-up Notre Dame on the 30th.