USF improved to 2-0 on the season with a 64 to 52 victory over Jacksonville. The Bulls are now 12-0 all time against the Dolphins. It was a solid victory for Coach Jose Fernandez and his young team as they continue to learn on the job.
The Bulls were up 32 to 24 at the half as the two sides battled it out. USF shot 44% but Jacksonville hung around, matching the Bulls in total rebounds at 17 all. Ariadna Pujol led the way for the Bulls with 11 points as the Bulls clung to their slim lead.
For the game, USF shot 42% compared to 34% for Jacksonville. Both sides had scoreless streaks throughout the game, but USF was able to hold onto their lead late (which hung around 10 points for the second half) and not allow JU to come back. USF had the slight edge in rebounds at 34 to 32, but dominated 24 to 11 in points in the paint.
Ariadna Pujol led the way for the Bulls with 21 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. Maria Jespersen had 11 points (9 for 10 from the free throw line) and added 2 rebounds. Laia Flores had 6 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists. Kitija Laksa had 15 points (5 for 15 shooting) and added 4 rebounds. Sherranda Reddick had 18 points and 5 rebounds to lead JU before fouling out late in the game.
The Bulls will now hit the road for a tournament in the Bahamas, the Junkanoo Jam tournament, over the Thanksgiving break. They will open up with North Carolina on Thursday afternoon at 5:15 PM in the opening game. Not a bad way to spend the break! Let’s hope they come away with some victories while on enjoying the islands while the rest of us have to deal with Thanksgiving and Black Friday!
by Matt Staton
SoFloBulls.com Columnist | @USFMatt
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