Tampa Mayor Jane Castor declares April 8th USF Women’s Basketball Day

The recognition will honor the Bulls’ American Athletic Conference Tournament title.

TAMPA (April 7, 2021) –City of Tampa Mayor Jane Castor has declared April 8th as USF Women’s Basketball Team Day in honor of the Bulls’ history-making journey to win their first-ever American Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament titles, and a spot in the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament.

Mayor Castor will present the team with a proclamation at 4 p.m. in the brick courtyard between Old City Hall and the Tampa Municipal Office Building as part of the day’s festivities.

USF posted a 19-4 overall record, and a 12-2 mark in The American, and capped off an unprecedented season with its seventh NCAA Tournament appearance, and its sixth trip to the Big Dance in the last nine years. The Green and Gold also finished the year ranked No. 19 in the most recent Associated Press Top 25 poll, released before the NCAA Tournament on March 15, and rose to as high as No. 12 on Feb. 15, USF’s highest ranking ever. 

Included in their 19 wins are a thrilling 67-63 overtime victory over No. 6 Mississippi State, the highest-ranked team the Bulls have ever defeated, and two victories over rival UCF. The first win against the Knights secured the regular-season crown on March 2 (W, 65-62) and the second the AAC Tournament crown on March 11 (W, 64-54).

USF defeated Washington State, 57-53, in the NCAA Tournament first round for its first tournament win since March 19, 2016 when it defeated Colorado State, 48-45.

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USF has recorded its best season in program history during the 2020-21 campaign, all while navigating the unpredictable COVID-19 landscape. In doing so, the Bulls won their first-ever conference regular-season and tournament titles, and posted their highest ranking in the Associated Press Top25 poll, reaching as high as No. 12.

USF has made 16 postseason tournament appearances and had seven NCAA Tournament berths in head coach Jose Fernandez’s 21 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 380 games. For his efforts on the sideline during the 2020-21 season, Fernandez was named a finalist for the WBCA and semifinalist for the Naismith National Coach of the Year Awards. He was also tabbed the 2021 American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.

Also, during the 2020-21 campaign, the Bulls had five players recognized by The American for impressive seasons, including Elisa Pinzan (Most Improved Player, All-Conference Second Team), Maria Alvarez (Co-Sixth Player of the Year), Bethy Mununga (All-Conference First Team), Elena Tsineke (All-Conference First Team), and Sydni Harvey (All-Conference Third Team).

In addition, Harvey was named the American Athletic Conference Tournament Most Outstanding Player and to the All-Tournament Team, while Mununga and Tsineke were also All-Tournament selections.


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