USF’s Carla Brito Tabbed AAC FOW; Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu Named to Honor Roll

Brito earns her third-straight American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Week honor. 

TAMPA (Nov. 28, 2022) – The University of South Florida women’s basketball standouts Carla Brito and Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu were recognized by the American Athletic Conference, the league announced on Monday. Brito earned her third-straight Freshman of the Week Award while Fankam Mendjiadeu was named to the weekly Honor Roll.

The tandem helped South Florida to a 2-2 record last week with wins over New Hampshire at home, 75-57, and Georgia Tech in the first round of the Gulf Coast Showcase, 63-50.

Brito averaged 11.5 points per game in the four outings along with 5.8 rebounds per contest. The freshman wing from Spain shot 39.5 percent (17-for43) from the field and 91.7 percent (11-for-12) from the free-throw line.

Brito started the week netting a career-high 26 points against New Hampshire while also grabbing 10 rebounds for her second career double-double. She also had 12 points against No. 22/23 Michigan in the semifinals of the Gulf Coast Showcase (GCS).

Fankam Mendjiadeu averaged 14.0 points per game and 15.3 rebounds per outing while recording double-doubles in three of the four games.

The senior center from Cameroon had 19 points and 21 rebounds against Georgia Tech in a 63-50 win in the first round of the Gulf Coast Showcase and then followed that up with 11 rebounds against the Wolverines in the GCS semifinals. She closed the three-day event with 14 points and 17 boards in the third-place game against No. 23 Villanova.

For her efforts, she was named to the Gulf Coast Showcase All-Tournament Team and set the tournament rebounding record grabbing 49 in the three games. She also hauled down her 800th career rebound (combining Memphis and South Florida) against Villanova.

South Florida continues its five-game road stretch when it travels to Austin, Texas, to face the Texas Longhorns on Friday at 7 p.m. ET (ESPN+/Longhorn Network).

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South Florida recorded its 10th 20-win season during the 2021-22 campaign while playing in its sixth American Athletic Conference championship game in its nine years in the conference. The Bulls achieved their highest national ranking of the season when it checked in at No. 13 in the Nov. 30 Associated Press Top 25 Poll, and advanced to their seventh NCAA Tournament appearance in the last nine years.

USF has made 17 postseason tournament appearances and had eight NCAA Tournament berths in head coach Jose Fernandez’s 22 seasons. The all-time winningest coach in program history, Fernandez has guided USF to 10 20-win seasons, two WNIT final four appearances, the 2009 WNIT championship, and has won over 400 career games. 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 at the conclusion of the 2020-21 campaign.

In 2021-22, the Bulls had three players recognized by The American for impressive seasons, including Elena Tsineke (All-Conference First Team), Bethy Mununga (All-Conference Second Team) and Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu (All-Conference Second Team).

In addition, Tsineke and Mununga were named to the American Athletic Conference All-Tournament Team.