After a sloppy first half on the road at Tulsa, the USF Women’s basketball team erupted down the stretch to down the Golden Hurricane 63-35 on Wednesday.
The No. 21 Bulls (6-1, 3-0 AAC) got the jump early, opening with a 7-0 run to start game and holding Tulsa (1-3, 0-3) scoreless until the 4:56 mark of the first. However, both teams squandered a number of opportunities on the offensive end with sloppiness and turnovers with the Bulls shooting only 26 percent from the field and the Golden Hurricane shooting 13 percent.
These problems would continue well into the second with both teams continuing to struggle to find a rhythm from the field. The Green and Gold would create some separation with a 6-0 scoring in the last few minutes of the half, going into the locker rooms with a 24-13 lead.
The Bulls came out of the break charged up and it was clear that head coach Jose Fernandez emphasized tightening up on the defensive end, holding Tulsa to 22 points total in the second half and forcing 11 turnovers total throughout the midweek matchup.
Junior point guard Elisa Pinzan was the game’s leading scorer with 13 points on five-of-nine shooting and a game-high three assists. Bethy Mununga, Sydni Harvey, and Elena Tsineke all played a major role in the win with double digit scoring performances.
USF will head back home to host East Carolina on Saturday at 4 p.m. on ESPN+.