USF Women’s Basketball Continues Record Season

With the disapproval and utter disbelief of being snubbed out of the Women’s NCAA Tournament, the USF Lady Bulls are proving to the NCAA Selection Committee that they belong. With a 22-10 overall regular season record, the Bulls were hoping to clinch a berth into the Big Dance, but instead were forced to settle for a bid to the NIT.

Regardless of the tournament, USF is taking the field by storm during their sixth consecutive post-season appearance. After receiving a first-round bye, the Lady Bulls defeated Florida Gulf Coast on March 21, although it was no easy task. After Bulls standout Jasmine Wynne put USF up with 15 seconds left to play, Florida Gulf Coast tied the game with two seconds remaining and sent the game into overtime. But in the extra period, USF did what it has done all year long: play hard when it counts. Wynne took control of the added period from its start, scoring the first four points and going 10-for-16 on her way to leading the Bulls to an 88-81 victory.

“I’m really glad to see them doing well,” USF Tampa student Lashawna Jackson said. “I think they deserved to be in the NCAA Tournament, but it didn’t work out. But now they’re showing how good they are by taking one game at a time and knowing what they need to do to keep the season alive.”

USF is taking one game at a time, but it’s also important to look at the whole season to realize just what they’ve accomplished. After all, the second-round win against Florida Gulf Coast was just another accolade in what has been a record-setting season.

According to the official athletics Web site gousfbulls.com, the Lady Bulls have scored 2,649 points during the 2008-09 season. They have also blocked 187 shots this season – second on the schools single season list. They are three blocks shy of equaling, and four from breaking, the current record of 190 blocks that was set during the 2006-07 season. USF set a new school mark for assists, as well, in a single season when it dished out 23 against Cincinnati in USF’s regular season home finale on Feb. 28 in Tampa. In addition, USF currently has 360 steals to its credit, which is the third most recorded in a single season in school history. The Bulls are one theft shy of tying – and two from surpassing – the 2004-05 team that is in second with 361. The single season school record for steals is 365 during the 2001-02 campaign.

Including the third-round 74-57 win against Ole Miss on March 26, the Lady Bulls not only propelled themselves into the NIT’s Elite Eight, but they also clinched their 24th win of the season – the most by any USF basketball team, men’s or women’s, in school history.

USF will attempt to extend their hot streak, and their season, in the NIT quarterfinals against either Wisconsin or St. Bonaventure on March 28.

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