TAMPA, Fla. — Courtney Williams scored 24 points and had 12 rebounds and eight assists, and South Florida coach Jose Fernandez earned his 250th career win Sunday as the Bulls beat Tulane 64-45 in women’s college basketball Sunday.
Alisia Jenkins had 10 points and 10 rebounds for South Florida (16-4, 7-1 American Athletic Conference), and Laura Ferreira scored 13 points.
Leslie Vorpahl led Tulane (15-4, 6-2) with 12 points, 10 coming in the second half.
“It’s hard to score in the paint on them. I thought we came out in the second half and really got some good looks and scored, and then they just really went on a roll offensively,” Tulane coach Lisa Stockton said. “Give them credit. Jenkins and Williams just dominated the game.”
South Florida used a 7-0 run over five minutes midway through the first half to take a 19-9 lead. Later in the half, the Bulls held Tulane without a basket for four minutes, 22 seconds en route to taking a 33-17 halftime lead.
To start the second half, Tulane rallied behind Vorpahl, who connected on four of her first six shots, including two 3-pointers, and scored 10 points in the first three minutes to cut the deficit to 40-29.
Moments later, Chinwe Duru’s basket at 13:32 pulled the Green Wave within single digits again at 44-35.
But South Florida countered with a 10-0 run to take over.
Kolby Morgan had six rebounds, five points, three assists and three steals for Tulane.
Tulane next will beat at Houston for a 7 p.m. Tuesday game.
“We have to come out and refocus and take care of business on Tuesday and go home with a win. You can’t look in the rear-view mirror, you got to look forward,” Stockton said.