Greetings folks …

A reminder to you all that I will be live blogging from Friday night’s USF-Marquette men’s basketball game at the Sun Dome at 7 p.m. I hope you all join me for my “audio halftime report,” as well.

There’s plenty of action coming up this weekend. Softball begins tomorrow and a preview of that is in today’s paper. Here are some more from correspondent Alex Cobb and staff writer Kelli Polson.

Women’s Basketball

South Florida heads north this weekend to take on Syracuse at the Carrier Dome Sunday.

The Bulls, coming off a momentous loss against Marquette Tuesday night, have ground to gain if they want to make the NCAA Tournament.

Guards Shantia Grace and Janae Stokes, who have combined for 51 points in their last two outings, will try to increase USF’s offensive production. The Bulls were held to 51 points against the Golden Eagles.

The Bulls were 18-for-34 from the free throw line against Marquette. Coach Jose Fernandez said the team to make free throws down the stretch to be competitive.

Grace said she wasn’t 100 percent before the Marquette game because of an injury to her foot. The source of the pain was unknown, but said that it “started some time after the Rutgers game.”

Grace is still expected to play against the Orange.

Freshman Jasmine Wynne also continues to struggle with a foot injury. She saw limited playing time against Marquette, and missed the upset victory over the Scarlet Knights.

Wynne played 17 minutes Tuesday and is expected to play Sunday.

The Bulls have yet to manage two straight victories since entering Big East league play. They have lost two straight on two separate occasions.

— Alex Cobb

Men’s Tennis

South Florida goes on the road for another dual match this weekend.

The No. 34 Bulls face No. 45 Arizona and No. 55 St. Mary’s in Arizona.

Last weekend, the Bulls missed a chance to advance to the Indoor National Championships after a 1-1 record. The team had to win both matches against No. 35 Texas Christian University, their only season loss so far, and No. 60 UC-Santa Barbara.

The Bulls dropped from No. 28 to No. 34 after the tournament.

Freshman Romain Deridder was sick and unable to play in his last match against Santa Barbara. Coach Don Barr said three players are fighting the flu.

Lucas Jovita, who is No. 27 in the country in singles, will look to carry the team while they miss action.

Sophomore Jay Goldman, who is No. 88 in singles, leads Arizona.

Both Arizona and USF have strong doubles pairings.

The Bulls have No. 15 Jovita and Thomas Estrada while the Wildcats will match up with No. 18 Francois VanderMerwe and Pat Metham.

The Wildcats have a season record of 4-1; their only loss was to No. 7 Florida at the National Spring Kick Off in Gainesville.

Achim Christner leads St. Mary’s, who dropped from No. 48 to No. 55 after two straight losses. They fell to Mississippi State last weekend. The Gaels have a season record of 1-4.

The Bulls are 2-1 on the year.

— Kelli Polson

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