USF Drops 62-45 Decision At Wake Forest

Winston-Salem, NC - The University of South Florida women’s basketball team hit the road for the first time during the 2009-10 season and looked to get its second consecutive win. Unfortunately for the Bulls, things didn’t quite turn out as they had hoped as Wake Forest handed USF a 62-45 loss at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Wake Forest (2-0) took control early scoring the first 24 points of the game before USF got on the board on a three-pointer by Janae Stokes with eight minutes left in the first half.

The Bulls (1-2) would cut the lead to 16 points on another trey by Stokes with 17 seconds left before the break, however could not overcome 26.3 percent shooting from the field and 17 first half turnovers.

USF would come out in the second half looking like it would make a run.

Jessica Lawson would score her second basket of the game just over a minute into the second half and then Stokes would get a lay-up by KaNeisha Saunders 20 seconds later to cut the lead to 12 points, 32-20.

The Demon Deacons, however, regained control going on an 18-6 run to get their lead back to 24 points, 50-26, equaling its biggest edge of the game when Courtney Morris scored back-to-back baskets on a short jumper and a steal and lay-up with 10:36 left in the contest.

The Bulls would not go away looking to make one last push to get back into the game. USF would try to take advantage of a 14-3 run, spearheaded by six points from Jessica Lawson and four points by Jasmine Wynne between the 10:40 mark to the 6:31 mark of the second half, to cut the lead to 13, 53-40, however, it could not get any closer.

Lawson and Stokes would lead the way for the Bulls with 13 points apiece. Lawson added 11 rebounds for her second double-double in the last three games and the 13th of her career.

Lawson was 5-9 from the field and 3-3 from the free throw line, while Stokes was 5-13 from the floor in the loss.

The Bulls will return to Tampa and prepare for their third home game in their first four outings when they face in-state foe North Florida on Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.