Despite getting a lift from forward Alyssa Rader in her first game back after suffering a concussion, the USF women’s basketball team dropped another heart-breaker today 66-63 to C. inside the CFE Arena.
Rader came off the bench for the Bulls and led them with 18 points to give them another offensive weapon alongside guard Enna Pehadzic that has been sorely missing this year after the injuries to Kitija Laksa (ACL), Laura Ferreira (illness), and Beatriz Jordao (leg) had sapped any potency from the team.
The Bulls were forced (and sometimes unforced) into 21 turnovers which resulted in 30 points for the Knights. The C. full-court press forced the Bulls to speed themselves up and was a primary cause of the 21 turnovers.
USF had a chance to tie the game with less than ten seconds left when Rader caught the ball on the right side and drove into the lane, but when she jump-stopped, she was called for a traveling violation.
After the Knights split two free throws to make it a three-point game, Elisa Pinzan’s last-ditch shot came up short to send the Bulls to their fourth consecutive loss.
USF will try to stop the bleeding against Tulane on Wednesday at 8 p.m.