That’s what you call a reality check.

After outscoring its opponents by a margin of 52.25 points per game en route to a 4-0 record, the South Florida women’s basketball team were grounded by a 85-55 loss suffered to No. 3 University of California at the Paradise Jam Tournament in the Virgin Islands.

The Bulls’ first four opponents have a combined 4-9 record.

“We just didn’t shoot the ball very well tonight,” USF coach Jose Fernandez said. “(California) is a very very good basketball team, and you can’t shoot that bad against this kind of caliber team.”

The Bulls shot only 28 percent from the field, and had 12 turnovers.

The Bulls battled tough with the Golden Bears early in the first half, and held a 12-11 lead midway thru halftime. However, Cal was able to dish out a 20-3 run, and finished the half leading 42-24.

“You know the first ten minutes we were playing well,” Fernandez said. “But then we went to our bench, and we didn’t get much from our bench tonight.”

Fernandez said that he’s still optimistic about where the season is going for his team.

“It’s still very early in the season,” he said. “This game won’t dictate how good we will be in January.”

Cal junior Natasha Vital led all scorers with 22.

USF was led in scoring by senior Jazmine Sepulveda, who had 11 points.

USF will be in action, again, tomorrow night when they take on Iowa  at 6:00 p.m.

-K.K.

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