TAMPA, FL — South Florida held on to a small lead through three quarters, then shut down Drexel’s offense over the final seven minutes of the fourth quarter Sunday to advance to the semifinals of the Preseason WNIT.
The 19th-ranked Bulls (2-0) will play Baylor or Southern Miss on Thursday, Nov. 19, while the Dragons (1-1) will play later this week in the consolation round. Baylor and Southern Miss play at Baylor on Monday, Nov. 16.
South Florida led by one point after the first quarter, four points at halftime and seven points after three quarters, with Drexel closing to a four-point deficit (62-58) with 6:59 to go. But the Dragons missed their final 10 shots as South Florida slowly pulled away.
Senior guard Courtney Williams had 26 points, five assists and four rebounds for the Bulls. Alisia Jenkins, the other senior leader for the Bulls, fouled out early in the team’s opening-round win against Jacksonville but responded with 16 points and 21 rebounds. Laura Ferreira added 11 points and nine rebounds.
Drexel was paced by Rachel Pearson and Sarah Curran, who each had 15 points. Alexis Smith added 12 points.
The Dragons hit 10 3-pointers and took care of the ball, committing just eight turnovers. South Florida responded with a rebounding advantage of 47-31 while shooting a solid 46 percent from the field.