USF won its AAC opener over Tulane on the road, 62 to 53 to improve their record to 12-1 (1-0). It was a tough game, but the Bulls pulled through to get it done. This game was not easy from the start, but the ladies got it done again.
The Bulls led just 26 to 25 after the first 20 minutes of the game in a defensive battle. USF shot 39% from the floor compared to a 29% mark for the Green Wave but they were 5 for 14 from 3-point range. The Bulls did lead the rebounding battle at 22 to 18, but also 6 to 3 in the turnover margin. Kitija Laksa had 9 points to lead the Bulls.
In the second half, the Bulls were able to put together a second half run to extend the lead and were able to jump ahead by double digits. USF shot 37% from the field overall (35% for the Green Wave) and were 10 for 14 from the free throw line. USF also won the rebounding battle at 46 to 36 and had 9 turnovers compared to 11 for the Green Wave.
Maria Jespersen led the Bulls with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Ariadna Pujol had 11 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists. Laksa had 12 points and 7 rebounds. Laia Flores had 10 points, 5 assists and 6 steals. Tamara Henshaw, who continues to get starts, continued to get it done with 6 points and 11 rebounds. Dorottya Nagy had 8 points and 4 rebounds off the bench.
Leslie Vorpahl had 16 points and 5 rebounds to lead the Green Wave in a tough battle.
The Bulls will return home on Saturday as they host Tulsa (game begins at 7 PM). On to the next!
by Matt Staton
SoFloBulls.com Columnist | @USFMatt
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