Alford has big day in loss to USF
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Freshman Queen Alford made the most of her first collegiate start with a career-high 21 points but it wasn’t nearly enough as South Florida beat Jacksonville, 92-52, at Swisher Gym here Saturday.

Alford, from Decatur, Ga., and junior Jade Cargill with 13 points accounted for more than half the JU offense as five Bulls scored in double figures as South Florida used relentless defense and never trailed in the game.

The Dolphins’ Maggie Wilson hit a 3-point shot with 18:05 to play in the first half to keep JU within one at 6-5, but the Bulls (8-0) then went on a 13-0 run for a 19-5 lead with 14:35 to go.

After some back and forth scoring, the Bull went on another tear that put them up by 21 at 35-14 with 6:27 to play in the half, a margin they kept close to in building a 47-26 halftime lead as the Dolphins shot only 29 percent from the field in losing their third consecutive game.

Alford was the hottest of the JU players as she scored 13 of her points in the first 20 minutes.

Both teams played virtually everyone in the second half as USF used its distinctive height advantage (53 rebounds) and continued to pull away. The Bulls had 46 points in the paint and 30 off JU turnovers.

In addition to her 21 points, Alford had nine rebounds and Cargill had 11.

Three USF guards combined for 39 points as Andrell Smith had 15, Inga Orekhova 14 and Andrea Smith had 10. Courtney Williams and Tiffany Conner each also had 10.

The Dolphins return to action Dec. 16 with a 1 p.m. game at Swisher Gym against Savannah State.