Bulls look to extend their program-record 12-game winning streak as they face the Owls in Philly.
TAMPA (Feb. 23, 2021) – The No. 13-ranked University of South Florida women’s basketball team begins a crucial American Athletic Conference two-game road trip on Wednesday when the Bulls head to the “City of Brotherly Love” to take on Temple. The matinee is slated for 3:30 p.m. (ESPN+).
The Bulls (13-1, 11-0* American Athletic Conference) look for their 13th consecutive victory, which would extend its record for their longest winning streak in program history. USF’s 12-game winning stretch is also the seventh longest in the nation.
Following Wednesday’s game, the Bulls will close out the two-game stretch at Houston on Saturday at 3 p.m.
GAME 15 | WED., FEB. 24 | 3:30 P.M. | PHILADELPHIA, PA. | PEARSON & MCGONIGLE HALL
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Kevin Copp (PxP), Nicki Jones (Analyst)
Audio: Bulls Unlimited (iHeartRadio/GoUSFBulls.com)
Darek Sharp (PxP), Brigid Merenda (Analyst)
Live Stats: GoUSFBulls.com/StatBroadcast
Series: USF leads series, 13-3
Twitter Updates: @USFWBB
NO. 13 USF BULLS | 13-1, 11-0* AAC
Last Game: Feb. 20 vs. Tulane (W, 78-69)
Next Game: Feb. 27 at Houston, 3 p.m.
Head Coach: Jose Fernandez
Alma Mater: FIU, 1994
Career Record: 386-273 (21st season)
at USF: Same
TEMPLE OWLS | 9-8, 9-5 AAC
Last Game: Feb. at Memphis (Ppd, weather)
Next Game: Feb. 27 at UCF, 12 p.m.
Head Coach: Tonya Cardoza
Alma Mater: Virginia, 1991
Career Record: 236-170 (13th Season)
at Temple: 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.
– No. 13 USF hits the road for the first time since Jan. 13 when it embarks on a crucial two-game swing trip beginning on Wednesday at Temple … Tipoff is slated for 3:30 p.m. (ESPN+) … The trip will end in Houston on Saturday at 3 p.m. (ESPN+).
– USF is currently in the midst of a program-record 12-game winning streak, the seventh-longest in the nation through Feb. 22 … The Bulls also boast the fifth-best winning percentage in the nation (.929).
– USF is coming off a 78-69 win over Tulane on Saturday, the 17th-straight over the Green Wave … Bethy Mununga had 17 points and 17 rebounds, while Sydni Harvey added 16 points … Elena Tsineke had 13 points off the bench and Shae Leverett had 10.
– Elena Tsineke leads three players in double figures, averaging 12.1 points per game, while Sydni Harvey and Bethy Mununga are netting 12.0 and 11.9 points per game, respectively.
THE SERIES AGAINST THE OWLS
– Wednesday’s game marks the 17th meeting between USF and Temple with the Bulls holding a 13-3 series lead, dating back to the inaugural meeting in January of 2014 … USF is 5-2 all-time against the Owls in the “City of Brotherly Love.”
– The two schools split the two games played last season … Temple defeated the Bulls, in a tight affair, 69-66, on Jan. 16, 2020, in Philadelphia, while USF handled the Owls convincingly, 99-51, in Tampa on Feb. 9.
UP NEXT FOR USF
Following the Temple game, the Bulls head to Houston on Feb. 27 (3 p.m. ET, ESPN+) to face the Cougars … USF ends the regular season with back-to-back War on I-4 tilts against UCF on March 2 (7 p.m., ESPN+) in the Yuengling Center, and then two nights later in Orlando on March 4 (6 p.m., ESPNU).
About USF Women’s Basketball
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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