RV/RV USF 63, Georgia Tech 50
USF (7-0), Georgia Tech (3-2)
Friday, 11/25/2022 | 7:30 p.m. | FloHoops
Estero, FL | Hertz Arena
ESTERO, Fla. (November 25, 2022) — The University of South Florida women’s basketball team jumped on Georgia Tech early and never looked back as the Bulls led to a seventh straight win to start the season with a 63-50 win over the Yellow Jackets in the first round of the Gulf Coast Showcase at Hertz Arena. South Florida is 7-0 for the first time since the 2012-13 season while Georgia Tech falls to 3-2 on a year-over-year basis.
The Bulls will now face Nos. 22-23 Michigan in the semifinals of the tournament on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Wolverines defeated the Air Force 68-48 in their first round.
Elena Tsineke poured in a game-high 24 points — her third straight 20-point game — and Dulcy Fankam Menjiadeu had 19 points and a career-high and tournament single-game record 21 rebounds to lead the Bulls. Fankam Mendjiadeu’s rebound total is the fifth-highest in program history.
Daniela Gonzales also had nine points and seven rebounds, both career highs.
After jumping to the lead, 16-4, six minutes later, South Florida led 25-12 by the end of the first quarter and 35-36 at halftime. The Bulls eventually extended their lead to as much as 16 points, 57-41, on a layup by Tsineke with 6:23 in the contest. The green and gold never led by less than nine points in the entire fourth quarter.
Behind Fankam Mendjiadeu’s 21 rebounds, South Florida dominated the glass as a team, overtaking Georgia Tech 50-34 that night.
- Thursday’s starters for the Bulls were: G Elena TsinekeG Aerial WilsonG Sammie Puisisf Karl Brito and F Dulcy Fankam Menjiadeu … the Bulls are 6-0 with this line-up.
- South Florida’s victory over Georgia Tech is the first for the Bulls in six games in the series.
- Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeus 19 points and 21 rebounds mark her 36th gameth Career double-double and her 11thth in a South Florida uniform.
- Elena Tsinekes 24 points against Georgia Tech marks her 63approx Career double-digit points game in her 86thth Career game with the Bulls… Plus, it was her 18thth Game with 20 or more points.
South Florida now meets Nos. 22-23 Michigan on day two of the Gulf Coast Showcase at the Hertz Arena at 7:30 p.m.
Catch the Bulls on Bulls Unlimited & ESPN+
The majority of USF’s regular season games are streamed live on the ESPN+ platform. The American Athletic Conference and ESPN have entered into a new 12-year television rights agreement that began in 2020-21. Subscriptions to the ESPN+ app are $6.99 monthly or $69.99 annually and can be bundled with Hulu and Disney+ streaming services. A step-by-step guide to subscribing to ESPN+ can be found here.
In addition, all of this season’s games will be streamed live on USF Bulls Unlimited, with Darek Sharp (home and away games) and Brigid Merenda (home games only) telephoning. Available via the free Tune In app (search “Bulls Unlimited”), Bulls Unlimited offers noise-free quality whether you’re listening on your streaming device, laptop or desktop.
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South Florida recorded its 10thth 20-win season during the 2021-22 campaign while playing in his sixth American Athletic Conference championship game in his nine years in the conference. Reached the cops her highest national finish of the season when she checked in 13th in the Associated Press Top 25 poll dated November 30, and advanced to her seventh NCAA tournament appearance in the past nine years.
USF has made 17 postseason tournament appearances and has had eight NCAA tournament berths as a head coach Jose Fernandez22 seasons. Fernandez, the most successful coach of all time in program history, has led USF to 10 seasons with 20 wins, two WNIT Final Four appearances and the 2009 WNIT Championship, and won over 400 career games. Fernandez was named a finalist for the WBCA and a semi-finalist for the Naismith National Coach of the Year Awards. He was also named the 2021 American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year at the end of the 2020-21 season.
In 2021-22, the Bulls had three players recognized for impressive playing times by The American, including Elena Tsineke (All-Conference First Team), Bethy Mununga (All-Conference Second Team) and Dulcy Fankam Menjiadeu (All-Conference Second Team).
In addition, Tsineke and Mununga were named to the American Athletic Conference All-Tournament Team.
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