March 2009

He was standing there at USF’s scrimmage on Saturday, wearing a Cincinnati Reds cap backwards without a care in the world.

Robert Marve and his father were in attendance of today’s workout amidst hundreds of fans and potential recruits,  and Tom Edrington of the USF Examiner writes that he’ll soon announce his decision to become a Bull.

Marve talked to many USF players — as well as exchanging coversation with coach Jim Leavitt and offensive coordinator Mike Canales.

His father, Eugene, said that a decision, however, won’t come until sometime in May. Eugene said Marve has narrowed things down to about four schools, with the Bulls included.

“It’d be a good fit for Robert because of Grothe being a senior,” he said. “It really works out for us in that sense. We really enjoy the coaching staff and what they’re bringing to the table at South Florida.”


Alex Cobb, Correspondent

Despite a slow start, the University of South Florida women’s basketball team progressed into the quarterfinals of the WNIT with a 74-57 victory over Mississippi (18-15) at the Sun Dome on Thursday night, giving the Bulls a matchup with St. Bonaventure in the fourth round.

The Rebels began on an 11-4 run but the Bulls came back, putting together a 20-10 run to tie the game with 8:20 remaining in the first half.

The Bulls trailed Ole Miss 40-38 at halftime, and coach Jose Fernandez told senior Jazmine Sepulveda to help the team get energy back.

“I told Jazz to tell the team: Don’t let this be your last 20 minutes of your career,” Fernandez said.

The Bulls came out with the energy it needed, stringing together an 11-4 run of its own to begin the half. The Rebels tried to rally but never got within five points for the remainder of the game.

Junior Janae Stokes helped the Bulls with outside shooting, scoring 13 points.

“That’s (Stokes),” Fernandez said. “She’s a shooter. She’s the type of kid that can just get on a roll and think that basket is four-feet wide.”

All-Big East guard Shantia Grace struggled in the second round against FGCU, scoring eight points. Thursday, however, she put up a game-high 18 points, going 6-for-12 from the field.

“We just came out with heart and said we weren’t going to lose,” Grace said. “Once one person stepped up, the rest of the team stepped up.”

The Bulls shot 3-for-3 from the free-throw line, taking their season record to 11-0 when shooting 70 percent or higher from the stripe.

The Bulls advance to the quarterfinals of the WNIT and are scheduled to face St. Bonaventure in New York at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Just a reminder that I’m on Twitter tonight for the USF women’s basketball game.

You can find my live transcript here with an account

Greetings tonight’s followers.

The Bulls enter tonight’s game after an 88-81 defeat of Florida Gulf Coast. The Rebels made things a bit easier, pounding Murray State 87-49.

The interesting story line for USF last game was the size advantage. The Bulls beat FGCU considerably on the inside in rebounding and point in the paint. Tonight? Don’t expect it to be as easy.

Ole Miss has four players over 6-foot-3, including senior Shawn Goff, who averages 13.7 ppg and 6.6 rpg.

If you remember from last game, USF’s first-team all-Big East guard Shantia Grace had a tough time getting involved on offense, scoring just eight points in 40 minutes played. It was freshman Jasmine Wynne, however, who made up for it, scoring a season-high 26 points.

There’s really not much of a comparison when it comes to the resume. USF holds a 23-10 record while Ole Miss is 18-14, finishing tied for ninth in the SEC.

In the regular season the Rebels defeated UCF, No. 18 Vanderbilt an lost two games to No. 6 Auburn by less than eight points.

OK, I’m goin back to Twitter for the game. Thanks for joining us.


Nope. Live tweeting.

I’ll be at the Sun Dome for tonight’s third round WNIT game between USF and Mississippi, but I won’t be live blogging here. Instead, I’ll be using the Oracle’s twitter account to give more frequent updates!

The Oracle launched a twitter account about a month ago, and we’re hoping to use that more in our sports coverage.

Here’s the link. I’ll be there around 6:30. See you there.


He goes by ‘Q,’ but his talent is hard to question. rqgjkpxnkbeykfp20080527180915

After a freshman season that saw Quenton Washington play in 12 games, the USF
cornerback is looking to settle into a starting role in the defensive back field for new defensive coordinators Joe Tresey and David Blackwell.

Got to talking with the Fort Myers native and we talked about last season, bracketology and what he does in his free time.
KK: If someone looked at your mp3 player, who would be on the most-played list?
Washington: That’s a tough one, but probably Plies. I like hip-hop.

KK: This a big one: Coke or Pepsi?
W: Without a doubt it’s Pepsi, though I don’t drink a lot
of soda.

KK: Is that because coach Jim Leavitt drinks a couple Pepsi’s a day?
W: No man, it just tastes better.

KK: What’s the one movie you’re embarrassed to let people know
you like?
W: Oh, man, you’re kidding me. And this is going to be public, but I like Shrek a lot.

KK: What’s your favorite sport other than football?
W: Basketball. I played it in high school.

KK: Who do you think will make the Final Four?
W: Oh, UNC for sure, I think the Tar Heels will win it. After that, I’m going to have to take Memphis, Louisville and Pittsburgh.

KK: What was your favorite moment from last season?
W: It probably would have to be the Tennessee Martin game. It was my first game, and it was good to be out there playing.

KK: Who are a couple famous people you’d like to meet?
W: I’d really like to meet Deion Sanders. He went to my high school. I’d also like to meet (Cleveland Cavaliers forward) Lebron James.

KK: Who’s the hardest hitter on the team?
W: Probably Kion Wilson.

KK: Who’s the hardest receiver you’ve had to cover?
W: I think the toughest one is from our school, Carlton Mitchell.

KK: Last question: Who is the fastest defensive back?
W: Without question it’s me.

FGCU had the shot it wanted, with all-Atlantic Sun standout Chelsea Lyles at the top of the key alone for an open three-pointer. With the Eagles trailing by six, however, Lyles couldn’t capitalize, and the Bulls escaped with an 88-81 overtime victory at the Sun Dome in the second round of the WNIT.

As it had been all game, Jasmine Wynne capped off a good performance with four points in OT to lead USF (23-10). The freshman guard finished 10-for-16 from the field and had a career-high 26 points.
With two seconds remaining in regulation, FGCU’s Adrianne McNalley drove to the lane and hit a left-handed layup to send the game into overtime. Despite trailing by as many as eight at one point, the Bulls, helped by points in the paint, were able to claw back in the second half.

The Bulls finished with a commanding 56-24 lead in points inside and 46-26 on the rebounding end. For FGCU, it was hot shooting that kept them in the game, going 46 percent on the game.

The Eagles shot 61 percent from the field in the first half.

Aside from Wynne’s performance, Brittany Denson, who sat out for a portion of the second half with four fouls, finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds on 7-for-13 shooting.

With the win, the Bulls bounce back  from last year’s loss in the WNIT to FGCU (26-5) and move on to the third round to face either Ole Miss or Murray St, which play tomorrow at 5 p.m.

The third round is scheduled to take place Wednesday-Friday and the Bulls should know soon who and when they are playing.


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