Women Overcome Shooting Woes to Win 11th Straight
Bethy Mununga, and Sydni Harvey combined for all 13 points in the overtime period to help the No. 12 South Florida Bulls knock off Cincinnati 69-65 on Wednesday night inside the Yuengling Center.
The Bulls (12-1, 9-0 AAC) started the game 1-for-19 from three-point range, but three three’s in the fourth quarter helped USF climb back into the game and force an overtime session versus the Bearcats (4-14, 3-11 AAC).
Mununga recorded her seventh double-double of the season—and 16th of her USF career— pouring in 19 points, and 14 rebounds (seven offensive). Not to be outdone, Harvey scored a team-high 23 points, including six critical free throws in overtime.
Elisa Pinzan added 11 points, and nine assists to round out the double digit scorers for the Bulls. Shae Leverett scored seven points, and added rebounds. Her most important play came late in overtime when she blocked a shot from Milan Schimmel, and on the next possession USF scored to take a 68-65 lead with less than 30 seconds to play.
The Bulls will welcome in Tulane on Saturday night at 7 p.m. on ESPN+.
Men get run out of the gym in Oviedo, lose round 2 of the War on I-4, 85-61.
[Ed. Note: I fully planned on writing a very snarky, and short recap of this clunker, but Vito had already written this before I could write mine.]
USF (7-8, 3-6) couldn’t shake the rust off as they shot 32% from the field and 23% from beyond the arc losing their third straight game after missing nearly a month due to a covid-19 related pause. Central Florida proceeded to shoot 51% from the floor and 43% from three with four players shooting double figures and leading all, but 20 seconds of the game.
Center Michael Durr was out with an injury and the Bulls really missed his length being out rebounded 40-34—with 15 of those coming from Alexis Yetna. Yetna also added 16 points, shooting 6-11 from the field in 32 minutes of play.
The Knights took an early lead and never looked back leading by as many as 19 mid-way through the second half.
USF is scheduled to head to Dallas on Saturday to take on SMU (11-4, 7-4) at noon on ESPNU.