USF women win battle of unbeatens vs. Butler

by Gary Shelton on November 21, 2017 · 0 comments

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Ferreira takes a jump shot./CARMEN MANDATO

Ferreira takes a jump shot./CARMEN MANDATO

Tuesday, 1 a.m.

Is it too early for big games?

The USF women's basketball team won an early-season battle of unbeatens Monday night, beating Butler 71-55.

Three USF players were in double figures. Kitija Laksa and Laura Ferriera scored 17 points each and Maria Jesperson had 14. Lana Flores had five assists.

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Kitija Laksa takes the ball to the basketball for Bulls./CARMEN MANDATO

Kitija Laksa takes the ball to the basketball for Bulls./CARMEN MANDATO

I thought tonight the second quarter (23 points) was huge for us," said Jose Fernandez. "Both teams shot 50 percent in the first quarter, so offensively, both teams got what they wanted. In the second quarter, we went on a little bit of a run and extended the lead. In the second half, we just couldn’t extend that 15-17-point lead. Hand it to Butler, they played hard.

"The thing with us, I thought we shared the ball well. We had 17 assists. We

Laila Flores drives the lane for USF./CARMEN MANDATO

Laila Flores drives the lane for USF./CARMEN MANDATO

took care of the ball, single digit turnovers. The only thing that we can talk about to our guys tonight is how we defended the interior and the glass. We move on and get ready for three games in three days.”

USF is 4-0 for the third time in the last six seasons.

The Bulls ake their first road trip over Thanksgiving. USF will play three games in three days the Gulf Coast showcase Nov. 24-26. The Bulls open the tournament Friday against Washington State at 5 p.m. at Germain Arena. They will face either No. 6 Notre Dame or ETSU on Saturday. USF is guaranteed a game on Sunday and will face one of the remaining four teams in the opposite bracket of the tournament.

Jespersen had 14 points and 12 rebounds./CARMEN MANDATO

Jespersen had 14 points and 12 rebounds./CARMEN MANDATO

 

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