RV/25 USF 89, Tulsa 68
USF (19-4, 8-0 AAC), Tulsa (15-5, 5-2 AAC)
Wednesday January 25, 2023 | 5 p.m. ET | ESPNU
Tulsa, Oklahoma | Reynolds Center
TAMPA (January 25, 2023) — Dulcy Fankam Menjiadeu led four players by double digits in the scoring charts as the University of South Florida women’s basketball team dominated Tulsa 89-68 on Wednesday afternoon at the Reynolds Center en route to their ninth straight win. The win puts the Bulls 19-4 on the year and 8-0 in the American Athletic Conference. The Golden Hurricane falls to 15-5 overall and 5-2 in The American.
In addition to nine straight wins, The Green and Gold have also won 12 of their last 14 games.
Fankam Mendjiadeu scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed a game-best 15 rebounds in the process Elena Tsineke had 21 points. Daniela Gonzales chipped in with a career-high 12 points and Sammie Puisis had 11 points in the win.
Karl Britowho was just under double digits with nine points, finished second on the team with seven rebounds.
The Bulls jumped the Golden Hurricane from the opening point and extended the lead to 11-3 with a layup by Brito less than four minutes into the contest. However, Tulsa fought back and reduced South Florida’s lead to three points, 23-20, by the end of the first quarter.
The Golden Hurricane took a brief two-point lead at 29-27, remaining 5-22 in the first half, only to close the second stanza with a 14-2 run to take a 41-31 lead into the dressing room bring in the break. Tulsa never threatened again for the rest of the game.
After beating the Golden Hurricane 24-18 in the third quarter to lead 65-49 into the fourth quarter, South Florida didn’t look back on their heels at 62.5 percent (10-16) in the final 10 minutes of the game . Shooting from the field that included a 75.0 percent (3-for-4) clip behind the three-point arc.
The Bulls prevailed with Tulsa in the post, outclassing the Golden Hurricane with a remarkable 56-18 in the paint and capitalizing on their 17-4 lead in offensive rebounds, resulting in 17 points for second chances.
With the win, South Florida head coach Jose Fernandez recorded his 116thth Career conference win at The American, just two away from matching UConn head coach Geno Auriemma’s 118 league wins in the AAC and three away from becoming The Americans all-time leader in conference wins.
- Wednesday’s starters for the Bulls were: G Elena TsinekeG Aerial Wilsonf Sammie Puisisf Karl Brito and F Dulcy Fankam Menjiadeu …South Florida is 16-4 with that lineup.
- The win over Tulsa takes the Bulls’ record against the Golden Hurricane to 11-0 in the all-time series.
- Elena Tsinekes 21 points against Tulsa marks her 79thth Career double-digit points game in her 102ndnd Career game with the Bulls.
- Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeus 25 points and 15 rebounds mark her 49thth Career double-double and her 24thth in a South Florida uniform.
- With her second assist against Tulsa Aerial Wilson hit the 300-assist plateau… She finished the night with four handouts.
South Florida continues its two-game road trip when it travels to Memphis on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET (ESPN+) to face the Tigers before returning to the Yuengling Center on January 31 at 7 p.m. (ESPN+), to face East Carolina.
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South Florida recorded its 10thth 20-win season during the 2021-22 season while playing in his sixth American Athletic Conference championship game in his nine years in the conference. Reached the cops her highest national finish of the season when she checked in 13th in the Associated Press Top 25 poll on November 30, and advanced to her seventh NCAA tournament appearance in the past nine years.
USF has made 17 postseason tournament appearances and has had eight NCAA tournament berths as a head coach Jose Fernandez22 seasons. Fernandez, the most successful coach of all time in program history, has led USF to 10 seasons with 20 wins, two WNIT Final Four appearances and the 2009 WNIT Championship, and won over 400 career games. Fernandez was named a finalist for the WBCA and a semi-finalist for the Naismith National Coach of the Year Awards. He was also named the 2021 American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year at the end of the 2020-21 season.
In 2021-22, the Bulls had three players recognized for impressive seasons by The American, including Elena Tsineke (All Conference First Team), Bethy Mununga (All-Conference Second Team) and Dulcy Fankam Menjiadeu (All-Conference Second Team).
In addition, Tsineke and Mununga were named to the American Athletic Conference All-Tournament Team.
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