USF Women’s Basketball Must Battle In The War On I-4 Before Worrying About UConn

No. 22 Ranked Bulls Have A Few Games To Tend To Before Eyeing Powerhouse UConn

The No. 22 ranked USF women’s basketball team has seen big improvement throughout the season. Back in January the Bulls (20-4, 9-2 The American) were blown away 102-37 by UConn and now they have to play the dominating powerhouse again in the near future.

But USF has a few other games to focus on first, including tonight’s War on I-4 match up against in state rival UCF (15-9, 5-6 The American). Tonight will be the Bulls second game in three days after clinching a win over Tulane on Sunday to tally their fifth consecutive 20-win season.

Fun Facts About The War On I-4

UCF and USF are no strangers to each other. On September 21, 2016 the two school’s athletic departments established the War On I-4 rivalry series. Tonight fans will be able to take pictures with the War on I-4 trophy outside of Gate A.

Leading up to tonight’s game the Bulls and the Knights have met 34 times in program history, but tonight will be their first meeting of this season. USF holds a 25-8 series advantage and has remained undefeated against the Knights since Dec. 10, 1980. Furthermore, the Bulls have never lost a home game to its I-4 rival.

However, UCF is coming into tonight’s game on a two-game win streak after taking down Houston and Tulsa. Under first-year coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson, the Knights are averaging 64 points and 40 rebounds per game and also are home to the league;s best rebounding defense, limiting opponents to 30 rebounds per game.

This will be a nice warm up game for the Bulls, who will face a slightly tough ending to the regular season going against Temple, Houston and Tulsa before ultimately ending the season against UConn on Feb. 27.

Bulls Still Eyeing UConn

Though the ending of the regular season is a little less than two weeks away, Jose Fernandez and the Bulls are keeping a close eye on UConn. The undefeated Huskies defeated No. 6 South Carolina to win their 100th consecutive game, breaking their own 90 game record. And it’s possible there’s no team to slow them down before they come to Tampa.

Between now and Feb. 27 the Huskies will take on Tulane, Temple and Memphis before their rematch with USF. UConn has already played five of the top eight teams before securing their 100th win, including No.2 Maryland, No. 4 Florida State and No. 7 Notre Dame all on the road.

Though the Bulls focus remains on the game at hand, it’s likely Fernandez will keep UConn in his peripheral vision before meeting them again to ensure another blowout doesn’t happen.

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Allison Leslie is a University of South Florida graduate with a bachelors degree in Mass Communications. She joined Genesis in 2016. With a passion for sports, Allison has interned with 620 WDAE, Pewter Report, Trifecta Team: St. Petersburg Bowl, Bullscast, and many other publications. Being a native to the Bay Area, she has followed and supported Tampa Bay teams her whole life.