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USF Basketball Doubleheader: Women Knock Off Memphis 65-58, Men Take Down Cincinnati 74-71

Today was a good day.

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USF Women’s Basketball Wins Conference Opener at Memphis 65-58 despite ice cold shooting

USF entered Wednesday as the only American Athletic Conference team ranked in the top 25 and the Memphis Tigers were up to the challenge. Memphis capitalized on a dreadful afternoon offensively for the Bulls to give the preseason favorites a battle in both teams’ conference opener.

Jose Fernandez’ squad shot 22-64 (34%) from the field including a shocking 4-22 (18%) from 3-point land. They were out-rebounded 42-37 and shot only 65% from the free throw line. This included an 0-5 drought from the field to close out the final five minutes of the game.

And they still won.

Elisa Pinzan (19), Elena Tsineke (14), Sydni Harvey (12), and Beatriz Jordao (10) all were in double figures scoring on the afternoon and accounting for 85% of the offense. Forward Bethy Mununga led the team in rebounds with 10 and an astounding 7 on the offensive side of the court. The Bulls collected 18 offensive rebounds to Memphis’ 15 leading to 10 2nd chance points.

The story was the eruption of Memphis Forward Dulcy Mendjiadeu Fankam who scored 20 points on 8-15 shooting and 14 rebounds before fouling out late in the fourth quarter.

Despite the poor offensive day, the Bulls improve to 4-1, 1-0 in the conference and welcome Houston to the Yuengling Center on Saturday at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+ and feature limited attendance for the first game of the season in the Foam Dome.

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Men’s Basketball Win in Cincinnati For First Time Since 1988

It wasn’t pretty at times, but the South Florida Bulls men’s basketball team took down the Cincinnati Bearcats 74-71 on Wednesday night.

The Bulls (5-2, 1-0 AAC) led by as many as 12 midway through the second half before the Bearcats methodically chipped away at USF’s lead until they tied the game at 68 with 4:30 to play. But, an old-fashioned three-point play by center Michael Durr, and timely free throws down the stretch helped the Bulls pull out the victory.

Star forward Alexis Yetna scored 16 points, and hauled in 12 rebounds. It’s his first double-double of the season. Durr also got into the double-double party with 14 points, and 10 rebounds, including six offensive rebounds.

Xavier Castaneda came off the bench and scored 14 points and four assists to give the Bulls a much-needed jolt from the reserves. While he struggled late in the game with the full-court press from the Bearcats (2-3, 0-1 AAC), he was instrumental in building the USF lead in the second half.

Senior guard David Collins added 11 points, and four assists.

USF welcomes Wichita State to the Yuengling Center on on Tuesday at 7 p.m. on ESPN+. It will be the first men’s basketball game where fans will be in attendance.

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