No. 13 USF Closes Out Two-Game Road Stretch at Houston on Saturday

The Bulls look to keep up their winning ways as they butt heads with the Cougars.

TAMPA (Feb. 26, 2021) – The No. 13-ranked University of South Florida women’s basketball team closes out its two-game road trip with an important American Athletic Conference tilt against Houston on Saturday. Tip-off in the Fertitta Center is slated for 3 p.m. ET (ESPN+).     

The Bulls (14-1, 12-0* American Athletic Conference) continue to stay hot as they look for their 14th consecutive victory, which would extend its record for their longest winning streak in program history. USF’s 13-game winning stretch is also the seventh longest in the nation. 

Following Saturday’s game, the Bulls will close out the regular season with back-to-back games against UCF in the War on I-4, beginning at the Yuengling Center on March 2 at 5:30 p.m. (ESPN+). The two will meet again two days later, on March 4, in Orlando at Addition Financial Arena. Game time is set for 5 p.m. with the game being broadcast live nationally on ESPNU.

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GAME 16 | SAT., FEB. 27 | 3 P.M. ET | HOUSTON, TEXAS | FERTITTA CENTER

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

TV/Stream: ESPN+ ($)                                   

Matt Peterson (PxP), Da’Yon Dunlap (Analyst)

Audio: Bulls Unlimited (iHeartRadio/GoUSFBulls.com)

Darek Sharp (PxP), Brigid Merenda (Analyst)

Live Stats: GoUSFBulls.com/StatBroadcast

Series: USF leads series, 17-7

Twitter Updates: @USFWBB

Tickets: N/A

No. 13/13 USF BULLS | 14-1, 12-0* AAC

Last Game: Feb. 24 at Temple (W, 56-47)

Next Game: March 2 vs. UCF, 7 p.m.

Head Coach: Jose Fernandez

Alma Mater: FIU, 1994

Career Record: 387-273 (21st season)

at USF: Same

HOUSTON COUGARS | 14-5, 11-4 AAC

Last Game: Feb. 24 at Wichita St. (W, 77-65)

Next Game: March 2 vs. Cincinnati, 6 p.m.

Head Coach: Ronald Hughey

Alma Mater: Limestone College, 2006

Career Record: 85-119 (Seventh season)

at Houston: Same

The American Athletic Conference declared a forfeit win for USF against Memphis for conference-standings purposes only as a result of the scheduled game from Jan. 17. See page 8 for more details.

QUICK HITS

– No. 13/13 USF closes out its two-game road trip on Saturday when the Bulls face Houston in another critical American Athletic Conference showdown … Tip-off at the Fertitta Center is 3 p.m. ET (ESPN+) … USF looks for its 14th-straight win.

– USF is currently in the midst of a program-record 13-game winning streak, the seventh-longest in the nation, through Feb. 24 … The Bulls also boast the fifth-best winning percentage in the nation (.933).

– USF is coming off a 56-47 win over Temple on Wednesday in Philadelphia … Bethy Mununga led the way for the Bulls with a 10-point, 20-rebound effort, while Shae Leverett, Sydni Harvey, Elisa Pinzan, and Elena Tsineke all added nine points apiece.

– Elena Tsineke, Bethy Mununga, and Sydni Harvey are all tied for the team lead in scoring, averaging 11.8 points per game … Mununga leads the team in rebounding, grabbing 12.9 boards per contest.

THE SERIES AGAINST THE COUGARS

– Saturday will mark the 25th meeting between USF and Houston, with the Bulls holding a convincing 17-7 series lead, dating back to Jan. 26, 1997 … The Bulls have dominated the series, aside from a six-game stretch from the 2000-01 season and the 2004-05 campaign when the Cougars won six-straight … USF has won the last four games, and 10 of the last 11.

UP NEXT FOR USF

– Following Houston, USF ends the regular season with back-to-back War on I-4 tilts against UCF on March 2 (5:30 p.m., ESPN+) in the Yuengling Center, and then two nights later in Orlando on March 4 (6 p.m., ESPNU).

– Following the regular season, the Bulls will head back to the Lone Star State for the 2021 Air Force Reserve American Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Championship at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas, March 8-11.

About USF Women’s Basketball

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USF notched its ninth consecutive 19-win season and was poised for its ninth straight postseason appearance in 2019-20 before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the end of the college basketball season. The Bulls celebrated two all-conference honorees in Elena Tsineke and Elisa Pinzan. Tsineke was named the American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year, in addition to The American All-Freshman Team and Third Team All-Conference; while Pinzan was named a Third Team All-Conference selection.

USF has made 15 postseason tournament appearances and had six NCAA Tournament berths in head coach Jose Fernandez’s 20 seasons. The all-time winningest coach in program history, Fernandez has guided USF to nine 20-win seasons, two WNIT final four appearances, the 2009 WNIT championship and won more than 350 games.

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