USF women trounce Albany
Three players scored in double figures as the No. 22 USF women (2-0) rolled past Albany 74-37 in their home debut before an announced Yuengling Center crowd of 2,269.
Senior wing Laura Ferreira led all scorers with 21 points. Alyssa Rader and Tamara Henshaw collected 12 and 11 rebounds, respectively. No Bull played more than 31 minutes as 10 players scored.
“We’ve got a lot of talent on this team, and some guys are not going to play the minutes they have in the past,” coach Jose Fernandez said on USF’s radio broadcast. “We’ve got a lot more weapons.”
USF finished with a 52-29 rebounding advantage.
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UF MEN WIN: KeVaughn Allen bounced back from a scoreless season opener with 14 points, leading Florida to a 76-46 victory over Charleston Southern in the Gators’ home opener. Allen scored 11 of Florida’s (1-1) first 28 points and hit a 3-pointer to start the second half. The senior made 6 of 11 shots, including 2 of 6 from 3-point range, and added a career-high five steals.
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