Efficiency was the name of the game for USF women’s basketball yesterday as they assisted on 17 of their 28 made field goals and made 57% of their three-point attempts on their way to defeat Stetson 84-50 in the first round of the WNIT.
Freshman point guard Elisa Pinzan scored a career-high 23 points, included a career-high five three-pointers. She added five rebounds and four assists on a night that felt like the Bulls could no wrong.
“I was really focused in this game. I was just locked in,” Pinzan said.
Sophomore guard Enna Pehadzic and freshman point guard Sydni Harvey also had got into the scoring fun with Pehadzic adding 19 points and Harvey scoring 18.
The Bulls controlled the boards tonight, out-rebounding the Hatters 43-23 with a full team effort. Junior post Tamara Henshaw led the way with eight rebounds on top of her 11 points. freshmen wing Luize Septe finsihed second on the team with six rebounds. Sophomore center Shae Leverett, junior post Alyssa Rader, freshmen forward Janeta Rozentale all had added five rebounds.
USF stormed out of the gate, making 10 of their first 14 shots, including four of their first five threes to take a 28-14 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Bulls’ dominated the glass in the quarter, out-rebounding the Hatters 13-5 while shooting 50% from the field. USF cruised to a 55-29 halftime lead.
In the second half, USF was able to get some of their starters rest with freshmen Makaela Kestner and Janeta Rozentale getting extensive minutes for the first time since non-conference play at the beginning of the season. Despite emptying the bench, USF was able to continue to pour it on and increase their lead. The largest lead of the game was 40 with 4:20 left in the game and the score 82-42.
Elisa Pinzan was the only Bull to play more than 30 minutes, clocking in with 32 minutes on the night. With the amount of injuries this team has dealt with this year, it’s a much needed sight to see the starters get a break.
With this victory, the Bulls will move on to the second round of the WNIT, where they will await the winner of the James Madison-North Carolina A&T game. Following that game, the WNIT will set the date, location, and time for the game.