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Sunday, January 26, 2014

New-look USF team coming to town

With the graduation of the Smith sisters, the South Florida team is still winning games but just doing it in a different fashion.

The Bulls are making two fewer 3-pointers per game than they did a season ago and sophomores Courtney Williams and Alisia Jenkins have emerged into the go-to players. Williams has scored in double digits 13 times this season while Jenkins has eight double-doubles.

The combination of a knee injury which forced her to miss two games and slowed her in others, senior Inga Orekhova has found it more difficult to find room to operate this season. After averaging 12.8 points in her first two seasons, Orekhova has scored double figures six times in 14 games and is averaging 8.2 points per game.

"When people have to guard a lot of them, that is one thing but all of a sudden when the defensive strategy is focused on you, it makes it a little more difficult so she has struggled a little bit with that," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "As they start to figure that out, as they are little by little, that will help them but the way they have compensated for it is they are way better offensive rebounding team than they have been, they execute their halfcourt offense really well. Defensively they keep themselves in the game by not allowing teams to run away from them for the most part so when you graduate two players who have played as many minutes as those sisters did, that is hard to recover."

As we did during the last game, there will be a live blog running during the game. It will mostly feature Twitter posts but I will do my best to answer questions if any come into the queue.

I will insert the link when we get closer to the start time.


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