USF women trounce Al­bany

Tampa Bay Times - - Morning Briefing - Times staff writer Joey Knight con­trib­uted to this re­port.

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.

MORE TOP 25 WOMEN: Arike Ogun­bowale scored 30 points in three quar­ters as top-ranked Notre Dame opened its na­tional ti­tle de­fense with a 10358 vic­tory over vis­it­ing Har­vard. … Mykea Gray scored 25 points with five 3-point­ers and No. 25 Mi­ami won a pre­sea­son women’s NIT opener, 81-60 over Stephen F. Austin.

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.

MORE MEN: BYU was placed on pro­ba­tion for two years and must va­cate 47 wins un­der sanc­tions im­posed by the NCAA in an im­proper-ben­e­fits case in­volv­ing guard Nick Emery. BYU said the school and pro­gram had no knowl­edge of the in­frac­tions and it planned to ap­peal be­cause it con­sid­ered the va­cat­ing of wins to be too harsh and not con­sis­tent with re­cent cases. … Mi­ami for­ward De­wan Her­nan­dez is sit­ting out the start of the sea­son as the school and the NCAA re­view his el­i­gi­bil­ity in the wake of a fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tion into cor­rup­tion in the sport. The school didn’t give de­tails. The Hur­ri­canes opened Fri­day with an 83-62 win over Le­high. ET CETERA

BASE­BALL: Joe Mauer, 35, said he is re­tir­ing af­ter 15 ma­jor-league sea­sons, six All-Star Games, three Gold Glove awards, three bat­ting ti­tles and 2,123 ca­reer hits, all with his home­town Twins. Mauer’s eightyear, $184 mil­lion con­tract ex­pired the day af­ter the World Se­ries ended. … Yuki Yanagita hit a game-end­ing, two-run home run off Kirby Yates in the ninth in­ning, and Ja­pan beat the MLB All-Stars 7-6 in Tokyo in the opener of a six-game ex­hi­bi­tion se­ries. Juan Soto, Car­los San­tana and Amed Rosario home­red to build a 6-4 lead for the All-Stars. GOLF: First-round co-leader Matt Kuchar shot 7-un­der 64 to build a two-shot lead at 14-un­der 128 over PGA Tour rookie Cameron Champ (62) in Mayakoba Golf Clas­sic at Playa del Carmen, Mex­ico. … Louis Oosthuizen moved within a shot of leader Ser­gio Gar­cia at the Euro­pean Tour’s Ned­bank Golf Chal­lenge in Sun City, South Africa. Gar­cia’s 1-un­der 71 put him at 9-un­der 135, but his four-shot ad­van­tage from the first day dis­ap­peared as Oosthuizen (67) made an ea­gle and five birdies. … Gaby Lopez shot 6-un­der 66 for a one-stroke lead at 9-un­der 207 over sec­ond-round leader Ariya Ju­tanu­garn (71) at the Blue Bay LPGA in Hainan Is­land, China. … Paul Goy­dos shot 6-un­der 65 for a on­e­stroke lead at 14-un­der 128 in the PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons’ sea­son-end­ing Charles Sch­wab Cup Cham­pi­onship at Phoenix. Tied for the first-round lead with Tim Petro­vic, Goy­dos had a bo­gey-free round. Scott McCar­ron (64), one of six play­ers left in the sea­son-long points race for a $1 mil­lion an­nu­ity, was a stroke back. Petro­vic (67) was 12 un­der. HOCKEY: Syd­ney Brodt, Melissa Samoske­vich and Han­nah Brandt scored in the first and the U.S. women beat Swe­den 5-1 to cruise into the Four Na­tions Cup ti­tle game at Sask­toon, Saskatchewan. The United States tonight faces Canada, a 3-0 win­ner over Fin­land. NBA: Stephen Curry has a left groin strain and will miss the War­riors’ home game against the Nets tonight. Coach Steve Kerr said the strain didn’t ap­pear to be sig­nif­i­cant. Dray­mond Green also will miss the game, his sec­ond straight, with a sprained right foot and toe. … Joel Embiid scored 16 of his 42 points in the fourth to help the host 76ers beat the Hor­nets 133-132 in over­time. … Nikola Vuce­vic had 21 points and 14 re­bounds to help the host Magic beat the Wiz­ards 117-108. For­mer Gator Bradley Beal led the Wiz­ards with 27 points. … An­dre Drum­mond had 23 points and 11 re­bounds, and the Pis­tons beat the host Hawks 124-109. Drum­mond’s 300th dou­ble-dou­ble is the league’s most since his rookie sea­son of 2012-13. TEN­NIS: The United States’ chances of re­tain­ing the Fed Cup be­gin­ning to­day im­proved when two-time Wim­ble­don cham­pion Petra Kvi­tova was ruled out of the open­ing sin­gles for the host Czech Re­pub­lic due to ill­ness.

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