The regular season is winding down for the USF basketball teams as they are set to have a February 4 afternoon date with Trinity Christian at the Sullivan Center. The USF basketball teams are both coming off road wins from a midweek trip to Holy Cross.
The no. 1 USF Women’s Basketball team (23-0) defeated Holy Cross (8-17) 79-53 with Charnelle Reed leading the team with double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds. The Saints were aided off the bench by freshman Kaitlyn Aylward who scored 17 points in just 13 minutes of action. The Saints were able to shoot 45% from the field and held their opponents to just 38% from the field. The Saints were also able to outrebound their opponents 48-23. The Lady Saints will be looking to extend their undefeated record to 24-0 when they take on the Lady Trolls of Trinity Christian this Saturday. The Lady Saints defeated Trinity Christian back on November 30 82-53 in an away contest that took place in Palos Heights, Ill. The Lady Saints were led by Jordan Giddings who scored 30 and had 7 rebounds and 7 blocks in the rout of the Lady Trolls. The Lady Saints have a 51-5 record in competitive games that dates back to the beginning of last season. Giddings and co. will be looking to add another win to the record and to continue building on the incredible success of the last season and this season.
The USF Men’s Basketball team (16-9) defeated Holy Cross (12-13) 82-68 as five Saints scored in double figures. Iain Morison led the Saints with 14 points but was followed close behind by fellow big Logan Timmons who had 12 points and 10 rebounds on the night. Backcourt duo of Jake Raspopovich and Jordan Thornton scored 13 points each and Landus Anderson also contributed 13 points to the team effort for the night. The Saints look to continue their stay at the top of the CCAC South division this Saturday as they take on the Trolls. The Saints beat the Trolls in the beginning of the season 71-63 in an away game and will look to complete the regular season double. The Saints will look to continue the balanced offense approach that has seen them grind out the needed results this season.
Both teams are looking to keep their top spots in the CCAC South as the conference tournament approaches with the quarterfinals starting later this month. The Lady Saints are also looking to remain ranked as the no. 1 team in the nation and to complete the regular season and conference tournament sweep of the CCAC.