Huge third period lifts USF women over Temple

by Gary Shelton on January 29, 2018 · 0 comments

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Laura Ferreira drives between defenders for a basket./CARMEN MANDATO

Laura Ferreira drives between defenders for a basket./CARMEN MANDATO

Monday, 2 a.m.

They limped into the dressing room. They stampeded out of it.

The USF Bulls women's basketball team closed out Temple Sunday afternoon, 76-60, to run their record to 16-5. The Bulls scored but nine points in the second period, and they found themselves down one point at the half.

But the third period was a complete turnaround. The Bulls scored 31 points, and Kitija Laksa scored 11 of her 13 points in the period. USF swept Temple for the first time in three years.

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Jesperson is fouled as she drives to the basket./CARMEN MANDATO

Jesperson is fouled as she drives to the basket./CARMEN MANDATO

Maria Jesperson had 24 points, hitting 11 of 13 shots from the floor and six of seven from the free throw line. She also had six rebounds, two blocks and two assists. Jesperson has seven 20-poing games this year.

USF is 8-1 at home.

Laska scores on a layup./CARMEN MANDATO

Laska scores on a layup./CARMEN MANDATO

Alyssa Rader had 14 rebounds for the Bulls. Tamara Henshaw had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Laia Flores had 11 points and seven assists.

"I was pleased with how we came out of the locker room at half time and started the third quarter," said USF coach Jose Fernandez. "We played a lot of guys in the first half but I thought we came out with good energy out of the locker room, scored in transition and shared the ball. That’s what we needed. We took care of the ball and did a great job rebounding.”

USF travels to Tulsa Wednesday night. Game time is 8 p.m.

Rader pulls down one of her 14 rebounds./CARMEN MANDATO

Rader pulls down one of her 14 rebounds./CARMEN MANDATO

 

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