GAMEDAY Womens Basketball

South Florida 57, Stanford 54

By DOUG FEINBERG
AP Basketball Writer

NASSAU, Bahamas - South Florida coach Jose Fernandez had total faith that Sydni Harvey would hit the game-winning shot when he drew up the final play in a timeout.

The junior guard hit a 3-pointer from the wing with 2.8 seconds left, sending No. 18 South Florida to a 57-54 win over seventh-ranked Stanford in the Baha Mar Hoops Pink Flamingo Championship tournament.

"Coach called the play and I hit the shot and we had a couple of defensive stops and that was that," Harvey said. "It was a very exciting game to play in."

With a flight home shortly after the game, Fernandez was going for the victory instead of trying to force overtime.

"We had to catch our flight out of here," Fernandez said laughing.

Led by Harvey's 15 points, South Florida posted its second victory over a top-10 opponent this week and only the third overall for the program.

"It gives us confidence we can hang with anybody in the country," Harvey said.

South Florida's Bethy Mununga matched a career high with 23 rebounds, to go along with six points.

Trailing by two in the final seconds, Harvey caught a pass from the corner and swished the 3-pointer in front of her coach.

Stanford (4-1) couldn't recover.

The Bulls (5-2) completed a difficult stretch, playing four ranked teams in their last five games. Before coming to the Bahamas, South Florida lost at Tennessee. Fernandez's team then played UConn tough before losing and beat then-No. 9 Oregon.

"That five-game stretch was difficult on us," Fernandez said. "We were tied up in the fourth quarter against Connecticut and rebounded against Oregon. This was good for us. We had two days to get ready for them. We defended. We got the stops when we needed to especially at the end of the game."

Cameron Brink had 23 points and 11 rebounds for Stanford.

Stanford rallied from 12 down and took a 53-52 lead on Lacey Hull's 3-pointer from the top of the key with 14.1 seconds left. After a miss by South Florida, Brooke Demetre hit one of two free throws to make it a two-point game and set up Harvey's big shot.

Elisa Pinzan added two free throws for the final margin as Stanford couldn't get a shot off before the buzzer.

"Always tough to lose a game like that," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "We made some real big plays. Really proud of our team and how we battled in the second half. Credit South Florida, they made a real big shot when they needed to. We've made shots like that before."

South Florida led 28-19 at halftime and increased its advantage to 12 before Stanford started to rally behind its 3-point shooting. The Cardinal tied it at 42 early in the fourth quarter before South Florida scored five straight. Stanford rallied and took its first lead of the game with 4:18 left on Demetre's 3-pointer from the wing.

Neither team scored again until Elena Tsineke's floater in the lane with 2:05 remaining. After more misses, Mununga grabbed her 23rd rebound with 27.8 seconds left and was fouled. She hit the second of two free throws to make it 52-50.

Stanford wanted to play a third game while on this trip east so the contest against South Florida was added. The Bulls played in the other tournament on the island, finishing third at the inaugural Battle 4 Atlantis event.

The game was played at the Baha Mar resort in the Bahamas in a converted ballroom complete with a low ceiling and a raised stage right off midcourt that held up the scoreboard. There were bleachers behind the two benches for fans to sit on.


Stanford
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
C. Brink F 34 10-17 3-8 0-1 5-11 2 4 0 3 4 23
A. Prechtel F 5 0-2 0-0 0-2 0-1 0 0 0 1 1 0
L. Hull G 37 2-5 0-0 1-3 0-2 5 1 2 3 0 5
L. Hull G 23 1-7 0-0 1-2 4-9 4 0 1 2 1 3
A. Wilson G 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0
H. Jones 31 0-6 0-0 0-1 1-4 3 1 1 0 3 0
B. Demetre 28 5-11 1-2 3-6 0-3 1 0 2 2 0 14
H. Jump 24 3-10 0-0 3-9 0-1 1 0 0 0 1 9
E. Bosgana 8 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0
F. Belibi 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 0 1 0
A. Jerome 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Hamilton 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0
K. Iriafen 0 0-0 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals   200 21-60
(.350)
4-12
(.333)
8-25
(.320)
16-38 16 7 6 13 14 54


South Florida
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
B. Mununga F 38 2-12 2-4 0-3 8-23 4 2 0 0 2 6
S. Leverett F 13 0-1 0-0 0-0 2-4 0 0 0 3 5 0
E. Pinzan G 40 3-11 2-3 3-7 1-5 6 0 2 3 0 11
E. Tsineke G 34 7-20 0-0 0-2 3-5 2 0 0 2 2 14
S. Harvey G 28 4-7 4-4 3-4 1-3 0 0 2 3 1 15
D. Fankam Mendjiadeu 22 4-12 0-0 0-0 2-3 0 0 2 1 3 8
C. Bermejo 16 1-3 0-0 1-3 0-0 1 0 0 1 0 3
M. Alvarez 3 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P. Williams 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0
O. Betancourt 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0
S. Guerreiro 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
A. Wilson 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   200 21-67
(.313)
8-11
(.727)
7-20
(.350)
24-52 13 2 6 16 14 57


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