Greetings folks … Big night for women’s basketball, compliments of correspondent Alex Cobb.

It was a big night on Thursday evening as the South Florida women’s basketball team defeated visiting Grambling State 126-62 at the Sun Dome.

It was even bigger for Janae Stokes.

Stokes, a junior, dropped eleven three pointers — the most in school history — and hit a career best 39 points. Stokes, however, did not let the rush of a great performance get to her.

“I appreciate that my teammates got me the ball tonight,” she said. “I really thank them for that. I always stay humble … I don’t have a big head or whatever you want to call it.”

She said despite staying humble, she feels she really proved herself in the win over the Tigers.

“Tonight’s game really showed [teammates] the kind of intensity that I have,” Stokes said.

As the Bulls approach conference play Stokes said tonight’s performance gives her confidence that she can compete at the Division I level.

The junior is in her first year at USF, after transferring from Gulf Coast Community College.

“It just lets me know that I can compete at this level,” she said.

The 126 points scored by USF set a record high in NCAA women’s basketball this season. Despite this accomplishment — like Stokes — head coach Jose Fernandez stayed humble in the glow of their success.

“We had eleven turnovers at half,” Fernandez said. “That was a concern. Our guards could have done much better … we need to continue to rebound the ball better.”

In a game that saw little offensive prowess from the opponent, Fernandez did his best to give each of his players minutes in preparation for conference play.

“You look at the minutes,” Fernandez said. “Nobody played over 24 minutes tonight. It was great to give everybody minutes and get everybody to play.”

Fernandez said in light of Stokes’ success this evening, she will still only play her regular amount of minutes per game, as the season continues.

“(Stokes’) job is to give us that big lift off the bench,” Fernandez said.”She knows her role. She comes in, and she needs to give us big points off the bench.”

At the beginning of the season, South Florida was projected to finish 12th in the Big East. However, Fernandez feels that they could really prove some people wrong at the end of this season.

“If we can continue to stay focused at the task at hand, remember this team got picked twelfth in the Big East, I think up to now we’ve proven that we’re better than twelfth,” Fernandez said.

Fernandez, however, reminded everyone that conference play doesn’t start until January.

Victories in their next four games — three of which are at home — would send the Bulls into their first conference match up against Marquette at 13-and-1.

-A.C.

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