The Bulls look for their second straight win, and eighth win in the last 11 games when they travel to New Orleans.
TAMPA (Feb. 12, 2020) – USF looks for its second straight win, and its fifth win in its last six games, as it travels to “The Big Easy” to face Tulane on Thursday at Avron B. Fogelman Arena in the Devlin Fieldhouse. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m. ET (ESPN3). The Bulls will look for the regular season sweep of the Green Wave after handing Tulane its first American Athletic Conference loss of the season, 63-56, on Jan. 25.
GAME 24 | FEB. 13, 2020 | 8 P.M. ET | NEW ORLEANS | FOGLEMAN ARENA | ESPN3
Despina Barton (PxP), Kathy McConnell-Miller (Analyst)
Audio: Bulls Unlimited (iHeartRadio/GoUSFBulls.com)
Josh Appel (PxP)
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Series: USF leads, 22-19
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USF BULLS | 14-9 (6-3, AAC)
Last Game: Feb. 9 vs. Temple, W, 99-51
Next Game: Feb. 16 vs. UConn, 2 p.m.
Head Coach: Jose Fernandez
Alma Mater: FIU, 1994
Career Record: 368-268 (20th season)
at USF: Same
TULANE GREEN WAVE | 12-11 (7-3, AAC)
Last Game: Feb. 4 at Memphis, L, 64-62
Next Game: Feb. 16 vs. Wichita State, 2 p.m.
Head Coach: Lisa Stockton
Alma Mater: Wake Forest, 1986
Career Record: 583-312 (29th season)
at Tulane: 520-285 (26th season)
– Thursday’s game is the first three games that the Bulls will play on the road over their next four outings … USF’s lone home game at the Yuengling Center will be against No. 5/6 UConn on Sunday at 2 p.m. (ESPN3).
– USF is coming off a dominating 99-51 win over Temple on Feb. 9 … The victory was the fourth in the last five games for the Bulls … Sydni Harvey and Elena Tsineke each poured in 25 points while Bethy Mununga added 11 points in the rout.
– USF has three players – Elena Tsineke (12.7), Sydni Harvey (12.2) and Bethy Mununga (10.0) – averaging double-figure points, and three others netting 7.8 points per game or better on the year.
TICKET & PROMOTION INFORMATION
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UP NEXT FOR USF
– Following Tulane, the Bulls return to the Yuengling Center on Sunday, when they welcome No. 5 UConn (ESPN3/SNY) for its final time as a member of The American … Game time is at 2 p.m.
– USF will then hit the road for a two-game road stretch at UCF on Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. (ESPN3) and then at Memphis on Feb. 22 at 5 p.m. (ESPN3).
– The Bulls will close out the month of February at home against East Carolina on Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. (ADN) and then SMU on Feb. 29 at 7 p.m. (BullsVision).
A QUICK LOOK AT THE BULLS
– In just 18 collegiate games, Elena Tsineke has made her presence felt for the Bulls after being cleared to play by the NCAA … Tsineke missed the first five games of the season after being ruled ineligible by the NCAA … Tsineke leads the team in scoring, averaging 12.7 points per game … She has scored double figures in 13 of the 18 games she has played in, including career-high 25 points against Temple on Feb. 9, and two 20-point efforts, at Temple on Jan. 16 and against Houston on Jan. 29 … Tsineke was 8-for-18 (44.4 percent) from the field, including 3-for-7 (42.9 percent) from behind the arc, and a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line against the Owls … She also netted 19 points, twice, against Florida Gulf Coast on Nov. 29 in the Cancun Challenge and against Cincinnati in The American opener on Jan. 5 … She is shooting 41.6 percent (79-for-190) from the field, including 34.5 percent (30-for-87) from behind the arc, and 88.9 percent (40-for-45) from the free-throw line.
– Bethy Mununga comes into Thursday’s game averaging just shy of a double-double in the 20 games she has played this season … She missed three games – Idaho, Mississippi State and UNLV – with a hamstring injury … Her 10.0 points per game and 9.5 rebounds per outing are third and first on the team, respectively, and her rebounds per game average is second in The American, through Feb. 11 … She has scored in double figures in 12 of the 20 games she has played in, including career highs of 16 points at Baylor (Nov. 19), against Brown (Dec. 30) and Cincinnati (Jan. 3) … She’s shooting 50.6 percent (82-for-162) from the field on the year.
– Mununga has recorded a double-double in seven of the 20 games she has played in … She has grabbed double-digit rebounds in 10 games this season.
– Sydni Harvey is back to her old self after missing the first 10 games of the season due to a leg injury … Harvey is second on the team in scoring, averaging 12.2 points per game, and has scored double figures in seven of the last nine games played … She set a career high for three-point shots made in a game with seven against Temple (7-for-8) en route to a career-high tying 25 points on Feb. 9 … Harvey had a near perfect offensive night shooting 7-for-10 (70.0 percent) from the field and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line to go along with her performance from long range.
– Elisa Pinzan posted a career high tying 23-point effort against UCF on Jan. 19 … She shot 53.3 percent (8-for-15) from the field and 58.3 percent (7-for-12) from behind the three-point arc … She set career-highs with eight field goals and seven three-point shots made against the Knights … Pinzan also had a previous season-high 14 points against No. 2/2 Baylor on Nov. 19 on 5-for-14 (32.7 percent) shooting from the field, and 4-of-7 (57.1 percent) from behind the arc … Despite missing five games – Idaho, Mississippi State, UNLV, Brown and Cincinnati – due to an ankle injury, she continues to lead the team in assists per game, and is currently dishing out 4.9 per game, which is tops in The American … Pinzan has handed out six or more assists in six of the past nine games – dating back to Alabama State on Dec. 6 – and in five-of-eight since returning from her ankle injury at Tulsa on Jan. 19.
– Tamara Henshaw, second on the team in rebounding, comes into the Tulane game with 850 career rebounds, following her five-rebound effort against Temple on Feb. 9 … She has recorded double-figure rebounds in two of the last three games … She reached the 800-rebound plateau with her seven boards against Cincinnati on Jan. 5 … Against Houston, Henshaw moved past Nalini Miller (2003-07) into seventh all-time at USF … Next up is Jessica Lawson (2007-10), in sixth on the all-time list with 863.
– Henshaw is 10th in the AAC in rebounds per game, grabbing 7.1 per outing, through Feb. 11.
– Kristyna Brabencova is averaging 7.8 points per game on the year and 3.7 rebounds per contest … She missed the Cincinnati game on Feb. 2 and the Temple game on Feb. 9 due to a sprained ankle suffered against Houston (Jan. 29) … She has scored double figures in eight games this season, in five of her last eight played, and seven of her last 12 … Her double-figure outing at Tulsa on Jan. 12, was a career-high 17 points performance on 6-for-9 shooting (66.7 percent), including 2-for-3 (66.7 percent) from long range, and a perfect 2-for-2 from the free-throw line.
– Tulane comes into its game with USF with a 12-11 record and a 7-4 mark in The American after its tough 64-62 loss at Memphis on Feb. 4 … The setback was the second straight for the Green Wave after winning eight of nine games, which included eight consecutive victories … The eight-game winning streak was snapped by the Bulls on Jan. 25, 63-56.
– The Green Wave has two players averaging in double figures in the scoring column, in Krystal Freeman and Arsula Clark, netting 14.3 and 11.7 points per game, respectively … In addition, Tulane has three players averaging 6.3 points per game or better … Freeman is also grabbing a team high 7.7 rebounds per game.
THE SERIES AGAINST THE GREEN WAVE
– Thursday will mark the 42nd meeting between USF and Tulane, with the Bulls holding a slight 22-19 series lead, dating back to Feb. 3, 1992 … USF has won 13 straight, and 16 of the last 17 games played … The Bulls are 9-8 against the Green Wave in New Orleans.
About USF Women’s Basketball
USF notched its eighth consecutive 19-win season and eighth straight postseason appearance in 2018-19. The Bulls celebrated two all-conference honorees in Enna Pehadzic and Sydni Harvey.
USF has made 15 postseason tournament appearances and had six NCAA Tournament berths in head coach Jose Fernandez’s 19 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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