February 2009

For awhile, it looked like USF’s NCAA Tournament chances were dwindling on Senior Day at the Sun Dome, but four seniors scored in double figures and Jessica Lawson hit a crucial layup with less than a minute remaining, and the Bulls prevailed 84-78.

With about 30 seconds left in the game, and the Bulls leading by four, Shantia Grace was triple-teams in her own half trying to bring the ball up court. However, after a couple failed attempts to break the press, she found an open Jazmine Sepulveda, who found Lawson alone underneath the hoop. Lawson made the easy two — and finished off the game.

The Bulls shot an impressive 55 percent from the floor and kept their chances at getting a ‘Big Dance’ bid. With the win, Monday’s game at Villanova has become the biggest game of the year. If USF can win, it would certainly put the team in a position to be in the top eight in the conference entering the Big East tournament.

We will see ….



With less than four minutes to play, it seems as if USF will escape a second half surge by Cincinnati and walk out of the Sun Dome with a must-win.

Then again, I’ve been wrong before.

The Bulls lead 75-68 with 3:48 remaining in the game, but it’s been awfully interesting the pat ten minutes.

Cincinnati cut the lead to five less than six minutes ago, but a balanced USF attack has helped the Bulls maitain the lead.

Five players (Grace, Sepulveda, Denson, Lawson and Stokes) have over 10 points …


As one-sided this game has been, Cincy is doing a good job of hanging around.

This time, the Bearcats have cut the lead to nine, trailing 62-57 with 11:00 remaining in the game. I can confirm, USF coach Jose Fernandez is HEATED during the media timeout. He was yelling about missed shots or something, but nothing really quoteable.

USF led by as many as 18  in this half, but good defense by the Bearcats has been the key in this second half. I don’t have the official stats in front of me, but the Bulls were shooting somewhere around 60 percent in the first half. Cincinnati has made it a point to conest shots, and have brought that percentage down considerably.

A loss would all but kill USF’s chances at making it to the NCAA Tournament. Verrrryy interesting.


Shantia Grace is making the most of her last game at the Sun Dome, churning out a 15-point first half performance to give the Bulls a 46-32 lead over Cincinnati at halftime.

An 11-2 Bearcats run made this thing a little less convincing towards the end of the half, but USF still is in command thanks to Grace’s 6-for-11 shooting.

Senior Brittany Denson is contributing, as well. Denson has 10 points on a perfect 4-of-4 shooting performance from the field and 2-of-2 free-throw shooting.

The Bulls are 51 percent from the floor as a team, holding Cincinnati to 38 percent shooting.

Be back on later  with another update…..


A strong five minute stretch by South Florida, and the Bulls lead 31-14  at the 7:52 mark in the first half.

Shantia Grace is heating up, hitting her second 3-pointer just moments ago. She’s 5-of-6 from the field and on a 6-0 run by herself as we speak…

USF is shooting 63 percent from the floor, which is far better than Cincinnati’s 22 percent.

You can tell Grace is enjoying senior day. She’s thrown up a couple “three” signs after draning some long-range shots today….niccee….


All but four of USF’s points have been scored by seniors, and the Bulls lead 22-11 here at the Sun Dome with less than 11 minutes remaining in the first half.

Like it’s been for most of their careers, Shantia Grace and Jazmine Sepulveda lead the team in scoring with five points each.

USF jumped out to a quick 12-2 lead but the Bearcats responded to cut the lead to eight. It was two juniors, however, that pushed the lead back over 11. Porche Grant and Janae Stokes each hit a basket…


Welp, it took 43 seconds for the Bulls to get out to a good start. Coach Jose Fernandez started five seniors (Sanders, Denson, Lawson, Sepulveda and Grace), and Sepulveda and Grace hit two early 3-pointers.

Cincinnati took an early T.O.

6-0 USF….


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