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USF Women’s Basketball No. 23 in Latest AP Poll

Beating a perennial Final Four team, and running another out of the gym will do that for you.

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The South Florida Bulls women’s basketball team is finally starting to get the respect their deserve from the rest of the nation as they finally crack the AP Top 25, checking in at No. 23 this week.

The Bulls are a little over a week removed from knocking off then-number six Mississippi State 67-63 in overtime. USF was off for eight days before returning to the floor on Sunday and running Stetson out of the gym on their way to an 85-43 victory.

USF has a balanced scoring attack with seven players averaging at least seven points per game. Sophomore guard Maria Alvarez leads the team in scoring at 11.7 PPG. Elena Tsineke (9.8 PPG), Sydni Harvey (9.5 PPG), and Bethy Mununga (9.0 PPG) round out the top scoring for the Bulls.

Mununga is averaging 11 rebounds per game, and recorded her second double-double of the year on Sunday.

Reigning AAC freshman of the year Elena Tsineke earned a spot on the AAC honor roll after she scored 16 points versus Stetson. She added four rebounds, two blocks, and an assist. She’s struggled from three early in the season, but knocked down four triples to pace the team.

After battling major injury issues over the last two years, head coach Jose Fernandez appears to have the deepest team he’s had in a while, and the Bulls look primed to win the AAC for the first time ever.

USF travels to Memphis on Wednesday to open conference play. Tip is set for 3 p.m. on ESPN+.

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