Turnovers Plague Dolphins In 61-44 Loss To USF

December 15, 1999

Jacksonville, Fla. - A smothering South Florida (7-0) defense forced Jacksonville into 39 turnovers as the Bulls downed the Dolphins 61-44 in women's basketball at Swisher Gymnasium Wednesday night. The win by the Bulls gives South Florida their best start in 23 years.

After an 11-day lay-off from games during the University's exam period, Jacksonville came out rusty in the first half, turning the ball over 22 times as the Bulls built a 28-17 lead at the break. JU came out hot to start the second session, putting together a 5-0 run to cut the USF lead to four at 28-24 with under 15 minutes to play in the game. However, South Florida turned up the defense once again, building the lead back to double-figures at 37-27 with 11:22 to go in the game. JU got no closer than nine the rest of the way, 45-36 with 7:10 remaining, as USF closed the game with a 16-8 run for the final 17 point margin.

Jacksonville was led by junior Jennifer Bergfield's 11 points on 4-6 from the floor, including 3-4 from beyond the three-point arc. Bergfield's double-digit scoring performance was her third in the last four games for the Dolphins. Junior Shannon Wynn and sophomore Lana Labura added eight points each for JU, while freshman Kat Sungy pulled down a team-high eight rebounds. As a team, the Dolphins shot 16-46 (34.8%) from the field, including 6-18 (33.3%) from beyond the arc.

South Florida was paced by senior Monica Echeverria's 16 points and 18 rebounds, her fourth double-double of the season. Junior Shannon Layne added 12 points, all on three pointers, and junior Dione Smith and freshman Aiya Shepard chipped in with 10 points apiece to round out a balanced Bulls attack. USF won despite shooting just 23-74 (31.1%) from the floor, including 5-21 (23.8%) from three-point land and 10-20 (50%) at the free-throw line. South Florida made up for their lack of shooting touch by garnering 24 offensive rebounds and 17 steals to the Dolphins 12 and five respectively.

The Dolphins will continue with their pre-holiday homestand on Sunday, December 19th at 2:00 PM when they take on High Point.