USF got back to work on Sunday, winning 78 to 59 over Arkansas State to improve their overall record to 7-0 on the season. USF started the game very slow, but laid down the hammer late to put this one in the win column.
The Bulls were down 30 to 32 at the break as both teams started the game off slowly (long lay-off factoring?). USF shot 40% from the floor, but was just 4 for 12 from 3-point range. They did lead 19 to 16 in total rebounds but had 11 turnovers. Kitija Laksa and Laura Ferreira each had 9 points in the opening 20 minutes to lead the Bulls.
In the second half, the Bulls ran away with the game. Laksa came out was with back-to-back threes to start the half and the Bulls did not look back. USF shot 52% for the game (7 for 21 from 3-point range) while holding Arkansas State to 31% for the game. The Bulls won the rebounding battle at 43 to 29 and outscored the Red Wolves 36 to 18 in the paint. The Bulls did have 18 turnovers in the game, but the shooting for the Bulls allowed them to take the game.
Laksa had 22 points (4 for 10 from 3-point range) and 2 rebounds to lead the Bulls. Laura Ferreira had 11 points (3 for 5 from 3-point range), 3 rebounds, and 2 steals. Maria Jespersen had 14 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals. Laia Flores had 5 points, 7 assists, and 4 rebounds.
Ariadna Pujol had 9 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists while dealing with foul trouble in the game. Tamara Henshaw had 8 points and 10 rebounds while Dorottya Nagy had 9 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals off the bench. Akasha Westbrook had 16 points and 5 rebounds to lead Arkansas State.
The Bulls will return home on Wednesday night as they host Saint Francis (game begins at 7 PM). USF will try to improve to 8 and 0 and keep this great start going. Go Bulls!
by Matt Staton
SoFloBulls.com Columnist | @USFMatt
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