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USF Basketball Opening Night Photo Story

USF men’s and women’s Basketball got their seasons started at the Yuengling Center, all photos taken by Robert Steeg.

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The 2019-2020 College Basketball Season started on November 5th and USF Men’s andWomen’s Basketball teams played their opening game at Home with the Women’s team taking on Jacksonville University Dolphins to start the night.

The Starting Five for USF Women’s Basketball getting some last minute coaching from Head Coach Jose Fernandez
True Freshman Guard Maria Alvarez played significant minutes for USF, as she totaled 11 points and 5 assists in 27 minutes of action.
JUCO Transfer Forward Bethy Mununga had a strong impact inside the paint in her first game, getting 11 points and 12 rebounds in 23 minutes of action.
Sophomore Point Guard Elisa Pinzan picked up right where she left off after a stellar freshman season, going for 28 minutes and gathering 9 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists.
Junior Guard Enna Pehadzic was lethal from behind the arc, getting 6 three-pointers to put the game well out of hand for the Bulls to get a 70-39 victory.
A sure fire way to get the bench on their feet is a three pointer, and USF got 10 of them on opening night to blow the JU Dolphins out of the water.

The men’s team had their opening tip shortly after the Women’s game went final, with The Bulls taking on the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions.

The Bulls were fun to watch last year and are looking to continue the momentum of success and entertainment heading into this year. Pre-game handshakes are courtesy of sophomore walk-on guard Mark Calleja seen here with redshirt senior Laquincy Rideau.
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Junior guard Justin Brown developed into a perimeter shooter last year and is looking to establish a lethal outside shot, hitting 3 three pointers to lead all scorers.
After a season ending injury to his knee, the Bulls are looking to replace reigning AAC Rookie of the Year Alexis Yetna in their lineup. True Freshman B.J. Mack stepped into his first collegiate game collecting six points in 14 minutes of action.
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Junior Guard David Collins played well in all phases of his game Tuesday night, delivering four assists and scoring 18 points to lead all players in both categories. His flashy game was shown off here with a no-look pass.
Collins showed his ability on the defensive side of the ball as well, getting a breakaway steal that led to his Jordan-esque dunk to put a dagger into the game.
Overall, USF’s defense played phenomenal on opening night, limiting the Golden Lions to just four made baskets the entire second half. RS Senior Laquincy Rideau and sophomore guard Rashun Williams helped USF force 21 turnovers by Arkansas-Pine Bluff, including 9 steals and 5 blocks.

USF Men’s Basketball defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff 70-41 after a stifling defensive performance.

USF women’s basketball faces No. 15 Texas tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at the Yuengling Center. The men will face Boston College on Sunday at 12 p.m. at the Yuengling Center.