Nov. 16, 2008
TAMPA - Six University of South Florida players scored in double-figures, and the Bulls scored 43 points off turnovers, as they defeated Loyola, 94-46, in the Championship Game of the USF Shootout at the Sun Dome.
The Greyhounds (1-1 overall) committed 35 turnovers, as South Florida (2-0) had 20 steals.
"We did exactly what we wanted to early in the game, but then we allowed them to get into their press, and we made some mistakes," Head Coach Joe Logan said. "We knew that we needed to take very good care of the basketball, and we just didn't do a good job of that."
Loyola started the game by setting the tempo, controlling the half-court offense and limiting turnovers. After each team only had one field goal to show after the first four minutes, South Florida started to make its run.
The Bulls scored the next five points before a Erica DiClemente 3-pointer trimmed it to a 7-5 lead. South Florida, however, scored 12 of the next 14 points, opening up a double-digit lead.
After Meredith Tolley hit a three from the top of the perimeter with 11:31 to play cut the lead to 19-10, South Florida scored nine unanswered and held a double-digit lead the rest of the game.
The Bulls led by 20, 32-12, with 7:57 to play before halftime on a Jazmine Sepulveda layup. She scored 10 of her team-high 14 points in the first half.
Loyola trimmed the lead to 16, 34-18, with two Tolley free throws 6:02 before halftime, but the Greyhounds would get no closer.
Tolley tied her career-high with three 3-pointers, and finished with a team-best 13 points.
DiClemente scored 11, and Siobhan Prior added 10. Prior was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Janae Stokes, the tournament MVP, and Melissa Dalembert scored 13 points off the bench for South Florida, and Jasmine Wynne added 12. Alexis Givands and Shanita Grace scored 11 and 10, respectively.
The Gryehounds open their home schedule on Wednesday, November 19, when they host Towson at 7 p.m. in Reitz Arena.