Talk about a debut.

Newcomers Alexis Givands and Janae Stokes helped USF handedly defeat Central Connecticut State 100-48 tonight at the Sun Dome. The 100-point total marked the highest for a season opener under coach Jose Fernandez.

“We got up and down the floor tonight, and that’s the way we want to play,” Fernandez said. “If you look at the three newcomers … they played pretty well tonight.”

Givands didn’t miss a shot in the first half, and hit her first nine shots of the game en route to finishing with 20-points.

“Coach told me that I need to look to shoot from now on, so that’s what I went out and did,” Givands said.

Stokes, who transfered from Gulf Coast Community College with Givands, scored 20, as well, and hit four three-pointers. She said her success came from CCSU playing primarily in a zone defense.

“We played with high-energy tonight,” Stokes said. “As a shooter I prefer a zone defense, and I got some open looks tonight.”

Led by a 14-2 start, the Bulls jumped out to a 53-18 halftime lead. The Bulls played primarily in a full-court press defense for the entire game, and held CCSU to 25 % from the field, while forcing 33 turnovers. Fernandez said he was happy with the way the defense played.

“We played well defensively, and that’s the way we need to continue to play,” he said.

South Florida moves into the finals of the USF Shootout against Loyola (Md.). Loyola defeated Harvard 78-69 earlier at the Sun Dome. USF v. Loyola is set for 2:00 p.m.

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