The Bulls start their quest for their second American Athletic Conference title in the last three years.
GAME 16 | FRI., DEC. 30 | 7 P.M. ET | NEW ORLEANS, LA. | FOGELMAN ARENA
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Series: South Florida leads series, 28-20
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RV/RV USF BULLS | 11-4 (0-0, AAC)
Last Game: Dec. 21 vs. Arkansas, W, 66-65 (ot)
Next Game: Jan. 3 vs. Temple, 5 p.m.
Head Coach: Jose Fernandez
Alma Mater: FIU, 1994
Career Record: 427-289 (23rd season)
at South Florida: Same
TULANE GREEN WAVE | 10-3 (0-0, AAC)
Last Game: Dec. 28 vs. Tougaloo, W, 81-30
Next Game: Jan. 5 vs. Houston, 7 p.m. ET
Head Coach: Lisa Stockton
Alma Mater: Wake Forest, 1986
Career Record: 634-340 (32nd season)
at Tulane: 562-310 (29th season)
TAMPA (December 28, 2022) – The University of South Florida women’s basketball team tips off the 2022-23 American Athletic Conference portion of its schedule on Friday when the Bulls travel to New Orleans to face Tulane. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. ET and the contest can be seen live on ESPN+.
The game against the Green Wave, in the Big Easy, is the first that South Florida will play on the road in its first three conference tilts. The Bulls return to the Yuengling Center for the first time since Dec. 17 to face Temple on Jan. 3 at 5 p.m. (ESPNU), before hitting the road, yet again, to take on Wichita State on Jan. 7 at 3 p.m. ET (ESPN+).
South Florida, who is 11-4 on the year and looking for its fourth win in its last five games – and fifth win in its last seventh outings – also looks to extend its 11-game winning streak against the Green Wave at the Avron B. Fogelman Arena in the Devlin Fieldhouse. The Bulls had their 19-game winning streak against Tulane snapped last season.
Reigning American Athletic Conference Player of the Week, Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu leads South Florida in scoring, averaging 16.9 points per game, and rebounding, grabbing 11.9 rebounds per game.
American Athletic Conference Preseason Player of the Year, Elena Tsineke, and Florida State transfer and former McDonald’s High School All-American, Sammie Puisis, are second and third, respectively, netting 16.5 points and 15.6 points per game. Carla Brito is just shy of double figures, averaging 9.4 points per outing, and is second in rebounding, grabbing 6.1 boards per outing.
Tulane comes into The American lid-lifter with a 10-3 record after its 81-30 win over NAIA Tougaloo who came into its game on Wednesday with the Green Wave 1-6. Tulane has won its last five games and seven of its last eight.
Marta Galic leads four players in double figures, averaging 14.4 points per game and is followed by Dynah Jones and Kyren Whittington who are netting 12.9 and 11.2 points, respectively. Rachel Hakes rounds out the double-figure scorers netting 10.2 points per game.
Galic is also leading Tulane on the glass, grabbing 8.0 rebounds per game.
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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.
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