TAMPA — South Florida entered the first round of the Women’s NIT contest against North Carolina A&T having won six of its past seven games and looking to add to the winning streak.
Solid guard play from Inga Orekhova and Courtney Williams, who combined for 29 points, helped get the Bulls past the Aggies 56-50 on Friday night at the Sun Dome. USF will take on instate rival Stetson, which defeated Miami, at the Sun Dome on Sunday at 2 p.m.
“Inga (Orekhova) did some good things shooting the ball,” USF coach Jose Fernandez said. “Alisia Jenkins did a great job slipping and running the floor. We got to get some more from some other guys. It was disappointing we didn’t get much from other areas.”
The Bulls (25-6) started off strong right out of the gate, with Williams (14 points, nine rebounds) and Akila McDonald (six points) scoring the first couple of baskets for USF. North Carolina A&T (19-13) would take a brief 8-7 lead and would not be ahead the rest of the game.
Williams hit a 3-pointer to put the Bulls up 22-17 at the 5:32 mark before intermission and reached the free throw line nearly a minute later and knocked down one before A&T was hit with a foul on Temitope Oladele, which resulted in two free throws by Alisia Jenkins, who made both and led all scorers with 17 points.
Williams fueled USF’s attack on the offensive end in the first half, as the team’s regular season scoring leader paced all players at halftime with 12 points and also grabbed four rebounds.