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									                                                              2007-08 USF Bulls
                                                      Women’s Basketball
                                                      USF “Bulls” vs. No. 17/16 WEST VIRGINIA “Mountaineers”
                                                                                Game No. 14 January 5, 2008 7 p.m.
                                                                                 USF Sun Dome (10,411) Tampa, Florida
    Radio & Television                                                                                      The Matchup
 TELEVISION       Catch 47                                                                  USF BULLS                                  WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS
 Play-by-Play . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Drew Felios            Record . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10-3, 0-0 BIG EAST      Record . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10-2, 0-0 BIG EAST
 Color Commentary . . . . . . . . . . . .Amanda Miller                  Ranking . . . .AP (None)/ESPN-USA Today (None)              Ranking . .AP (No. 17)/ESPN-USA Today (No. 16)
                                                                        RPI (CollegeRPI.com/Sagarin) . . . . . . . . .62/87         RPI (CollegeRPI.com/Sagarin) . . . . . . . . .35/18
 RADIO/INTERNET          1010 Sports/GoUSFBulls.com                     Last Game . . . .Jan. 5 vs. Vanderbilt (L, 75-48)           Last Game . . . . . .Dec. 22 at Indiana (L, 79-66)
 Play-by-Play . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jim Louk           Next Game . . . . . . . . . . . .Jan. 8 at St. John’s       Next Game . . . . . . . . . .Jan. 9 at Connecticut
 Color Commentary . . . . . . . . . . . .Andrikk Frazier                Head Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jose Fernandez        Head Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mike Carey


      USF SID Contact
                                                                           Career Record . . . . . . .110-110 (Eighth year)            Career Record . . . . . . . .405-182 (20th year)
                                                                           at USF . . . . . . . . . . . .110-110 (Eighth year)         at West Virginia . . . . .117-80 (Seventh year)


 MICHAEL HOGAN           USF Women’s Basketball SID                                                 Game Information
 Email . . . . . . . . . . . . . .mhogan@admin.usf.edu
                                                                       Game Officials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Daryl Humphrey, Nan Sisk, David Kramer
 Work Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(813) 974-4092
                                                                       Tickets . . . . . . . . . .For ticket information please call the USF Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-GoBulls
 Fax     . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(813) 974-5328
 Cell Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(813) 469-0616
 Website . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.GoUSFBulls.com                               Projected USF Starters
   Schedule / results                                                   23                 Jessica                                  6-3 C              Jr.
                                                                                           LAWSON                                   Quick Notes: Was on the Pac-10 All-Freshman
                                                                                                                                    team at Cal ... Had career highs of 29 points and
 Date (AP/ESPN USA Today) Oppt. (TV) . . . .Time/Results                                   Edgewood, FL
                                                                                                                                    14 rebounds against Saint Peter’s ... Has four 20-
 N13     Bethune Cookman . . . . . . . . . . . . . .W, 84-49                                                                        point outings in her last 10 games ... Had 14
 N15     (10/9) Duke (ESPNU)$ . . . . . . . . . . . .L, 89-52               PPG           RPG           APG            SPG
                                                                                                                                    points, 10 rebounds against Yale ... Is shooting
 N17     New Hampshire# . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .W, 72-56               15.0          7.2           0.5            1.4
                                                                                                                                    57.4 perecnt from the field in last six games.
 N18     Illinois State# . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .L, 82-57
 N20     Stetson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .W, 86-44
                                                                                                                                    5-11 F               Sr.
 N29
 D1
         at Florida International . . . . . . . . . . .W, 84-56
         Saint Peter's (Catch47) . . . . . . . . . . .W, 66-58          12                 ChiChi    (Chee-Chee)
                                                                                           OKPALEKE (O-pahl-uh-k)                   Quick Notes: Had her first double-double of the
                                                                                                                                    season against UNF, on Dec. 5, with 12 points
 D5      North Florida . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .W, 75-68                           Tampa, FL
 D9      Florida A&M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .W, 78-59                                                                    and 12 rebounds ... Had a season-high 16 points
 D18     Oregon^ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .W, 68-58                                                                  against FIU on Nov. 30 ... Is averaging 9.9 points
                                                                            PPG           RPG           APG            SPG
 D19     Belmont^ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .W, 74-55                                                                   in her last eight games ... Has four double-fig-
                                                                            7.9           7.2           0.6            1.2
 D30     Yale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .W, 105-71                                                                ure scoring games in her last eight.
 J2      at (RV/RV) Vanderbilt . . . . . . . . . . . .L, 75-48
 J5      West Virginia* (Catch 47) . . . . . . . . . . .7 p.m.
                                                                                                                                    5-6 G              Fr.
 J8
 J12
         at St. John's* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 p.m.
         Syracuse* (Catch 47) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 p.m.
                                                                        2                  Gianna
                                                                                           MESSINA
                                                                                                                 (Gee-ahn-uh)
                                                                                                                (Mess-ee-nuh)       Quick Notes: Poured in a career-high 15 points
                                                                                                                                    against North Florida on Dec, 5 in her second
 J15     Providence* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 p.m.                         Tampa, FL
                                                                                                                                    career start ... Had career highs of nine
 J19     at Seton Hall* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 p.m.
 J26     Marquette* (Catch 47) . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 p.m.                                                                      rebounds and eight assists against Saint Peter’s
                                                                            PPG           RPG           APG            SPG
 J30     at Connecticut* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 p.m.                                                                    on Dec. 1 ... Scored in double figures in three of
                                                                            6.2           2.7           1.7            0.5
 F2      at Louisville* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 p.m.                                                                 the last six games entering West Virginia.
 F5      DePaul* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 p.m.
                                                                                                                                    5-6 G               Jr.
 F9
 F16
 F19
         at Cincinnati* (BETV/Catch 47) . . . . . . .2 p.m.
         Rutgers* (Catch 47) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 p.m.
         Villanova* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 p.m.
                                                                        3                  Shantia
                                                                                           GRACE
                                                                                                                 (Shan-TEE-uh)
                                                                                                                                    Quick Notes: Recorded a career-high 30 points
                                                                                                                                    against Yale on Dec. 30 while also becoming the
                                                                                           Sarasota, FL
 F23     at Georgetown* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 p.m.                                                                     16th player at USF to score 1,000 career points
 F27     at Notre Dame* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 p.m.                                                                     ... Had her 11th-straight double-figure game of
 M1      Pittsburgh* (Catch 47) . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 p.m.             PPG            RPG           APG           SPG
                                                                                                                                    the year against Yale ... Tabbed a second team
 M3      at Marquette* (CSTV) . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 p.m.               17.7           2.8           3.9           1.6
                                                                                                                                    All-BIG EAST selection in 2006-07.
 M8-11   BIG EAST Tournament . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .TBA

                                                                                                                                    5-9 G               Jr.
 $ ESPNU Invitational, Tampa, FL
 # USF Shootout, Tampa, FL                                              4                  Jazmine
                                                                                           SEPULVEDA                                Quick Notes: Had a career-high 26 points and
                                                                                                                                    seven steals against Yale on Dec. 30 ... Comes
 ^ Caribbean Classic, Cancun, Mexico                                                       Brooklyn, NY
 * BIG EAST Conference Game                                                                                                         into the West Virginia game averaging 3.8 assists
 All times are Eastern and are subject to change                                                                                    per game in her last three outings ... Was a
                                                                             PPG           RPG           APG           SPG
 Rankings remain the same as they were at game time                                                                                 JUCO Kodak All-American at Kirkwood in 2006-
                                                                             9.9           4.3           3.5           1.9
                                                                                                                                    07.

2007-08 USF Bulls Women’s Basketball
                   The Series                                                                             USF off the bench
                                                                                                                                          5-9 G            Sr.
SERIES RECORD              Series tied 1-1
USF at home ..................................USF leads 1-0                          1             Dai
                                                                                                   PACKER
                                                                                                                                   (Di)
                                                                                                                                          Quick Notes: Junior college All-American honor-
                                                                                                                                          able mention following her sophomore season at
USF at West Virginia ..............West Virginia leads 1-0                                         Jundiai, Brazil
                                                                                                                                          Trinity Valley CC in 2005-06 ... Had 12 points on
USF at neutral site ........................................0-0
                                                                                                                                          4-8 shooting from behind the arc (4-9 FG)
First meeting ..................USF 66-56 (Feb. 25, 2006)                               PPG        RPG          APG          SPG
                                                                                                                                          against New Hampshire ... Led the team in scor-
Last meeting ........West Virginia 73-64 (Feb. 17, 2007)                                3.8        1.7          0.5          0.6
                                                                                                                                          ing with 11 against Vanderbilt on Jan. 2.
Last USF win ........................66-56 (Feb. 25, 2006)
                                                                                                                                          6-2 F           So.
Last West Virginia win..............73-64 (Feb. 17, 2007)
Current streak ......................West Virginia one win                           11             Porche
                                                                                                    GRANT
                                                                                                                             (Por-sha)
                                                                                                                                          Quick Notes: Had a career-high 14 rebounds vs.
                                                                                                                                          Bethune-Cookman ... Had her first career dou-
                statistical
                                                                                                    Oxon Hills, MD
                                                                                                                                          ble-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds vs.

                comparison                                                              PPG        RPG          APG              SPG
                                                                                                                                          Stetson ... Along with Melissa Dalembert, she
                                                                                                                                          could be one of the most improved players on
                                                                                        3.4        5.3          0.2              0.7
                                                                                                                                          the team since the conclusion of 2006-07.
USF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Category . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .WVU
                                                                                                                                          6-0 F           Jr.
10-3 . . . . . . . . .Overall Record . . . . . . . . .10-2
40.3% . . . . . . . . . .Field Goal% . . . . . . . . .47.4%                          20            Ashley
                                                                                                   SANDERS                                Quick Notes: One of two junior college trans-
                                                                                                                                          fers on USF’s roster ... Is an explosive up-tempo
32.2% . . . . . . . .3-Pt. Field Goal% . . . . . . .39.1%                                          Miami, FL
                                                                                                                                          type of player who has solid post skills in the
63.6% . . . . . . . . .Free Throw% . . . . . . . . .69.1%
                                                                                                                                          middle and can elevate once she gets in the lane
36.9% . . . . . . .Oppt. Field Goal% . . . . . . .33.8%                                 PPG        RPG          APG          SPG
                                                                                                                                          ... Had seven points and six rebounds against
27.3% . . . . . .Oppt. 3-Pt. Field Goal% . . . . .28.4%                                 2.4        1.9          0.6          1.2
                                                                                                                                          New Hampshire on Nov. 17.
66.4% . . . . . . .Oppt. Free Throw%                        . . . . . .71.2%
43.3 . . . . . . . . .Rebounding Avg. . . . . . . . .40.2
                                                                                                                                          6-1 G/F               So.
+3.1 . . . . . . . .Rebounding Margin
13.5 . . . . . . . . . .Assists/Gm. . . . . . . . . . .18.3
                                                           . . . . . . .+9.2         21             Caitlyn
                                                                                                    MITRYK
                                                                                                                            (Kate-lin)
                                                                                                                            (Mit-rick)    Quick Notes: Recorded career highs of 10 points
                                                                                                                                          and six rebounds against Stetson on Nov. 20 ...
                                                                                                    Lake Mary, FL
16.3 . . . . . . . . .Turnovers/Gm. . . . . . . . . .15.0                                                                                 Had a career-high four assists vs. Bethune-
3.6 . . . . . . . . . . .Blocks/Gm. . . . . . . . . . . .3.2                                                                              Cookman ... Started her first career game
                                                                                        PPG        RPG          APG          SPG
                                                                                                                                          against New Hampshire ... Her height gives her
10.2      . . . . . . . . . .Steals/Gm. . . . . . . . . . .10.9                         2.4        1.7          1.6          0.2
                                                                                                                                          the opportunity to post up smaller defenders.
73.0      . . . . . . . . . .Points/Gm. . . . . . . . . . .76.3
63.1 . . . . . . . .Points Allowed/Gm. . . . . . . .51.4
                                                                                                                                          6-1 G/F               Fr.
     USF Career Stats                                                                24 Lonnie
                                                                                        TERRELL                                           Quick Notes: Is averaging 2.2 points in 10 games

     vs.west virginia                                                                               Detroit, MI                           played ... Had a career-high seven points
                                                                                                                                          against Bethune-Cookman ... Anticipates well
                                                                                                                                          defensively and can rebound and outlet well ...
                                                                                        PPG        RPG          APG          SPG
No. Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .G . . . . . . .Ppg . . . . . . .Rpg                                                             Was a finalist for the Michigan Miss Basketball
                                                                                        2.2        1.0          0.7          0.2
                                                                                                                                          Award following her senior year.
1      Daiane Packer . . . . . .1 . . . . .6.0 . . . . .3.0
2      Gianna Messina . . . . .0 . . . . .0.0 . . . . .0.0
                                                                                                                                          6-3 C           Jr.
3
4
       Shantia Grace . . . . . .2 . . . . .4.0 . . . . .1.5
       Jazmine Sepulveda                 . .0 . . . . .0.0 . . . . .0.0
                                                                                     32             Brittany
                                                                                                    DENSON                                Quick Notes: Has started the last two-straight
                                                                                                                                          games ... Brings a hard-nosed attitude to the
                                                                                                    Winter Haven, FL
11     Porche Grant . . . . . .0 . . . . .0.0 . . . . .0.0                                                                                paint ... Scored 16 points on 5-9 from the field
12     ChiChi Okpaleke . . . .2 . . . . .2.0 . . . . .4.5                                                                                 vs. Belmont on Dec. 19 ... Had nine rebounds
                                                                                        PPG        RPG          APG          SPG
20     Ashley Sanders . . . . .0 . . . . .0.0 . . . . .0.0                                                                                against Yale ... Averaged 8.4 ppg and 6.9 rpg in
                                                                                        7.3        6.0          1.5          2.0
21     Caitlyn Mitryk . . . . . .1 . . . . .0.0 . . . . .0.0                                                                              17 outings with Miami last season.

23     Jessica Lawson . . . . .0 . . . . .0.0 . . . . .0.0
                                                                                                                                          6-3       F      So.
24
32
       Lonnie Terrell . . . . . .0 . . . . .0.0 . . . . .0.0
       Brittany Denson . . . . .0 . . . . .0.0 . . . . .0.0                          42 Melissa
                                                                                        DALEMBERT                                         Quick Notes: Had a career outing against New
                                                                                                                                          Hampshire - recording her first double-double-
42     Melissa Dalembert . . .0 . . . . .0.0 . . . . .0.0                                           Miramar, FL
                                                                                                                                          with 19 points and 12 rebounds ... Can get up

       2007-08 usf                                                                      PPG        RPG          APG          SPG
                                                                                                                                          and down the floor extremely well and is a good

    streaks/ records                                                                    5.4        5.1          0.1          1.0
                                                                                                                                          rebounder and shot blocker ... One of the most
                                                                                                                                          improved players since the end of last season.


2007-08 Overall Record ............................10-3
USF at Home ..........................................7-1
                                                                                       this week with the bulls                                                         (Jan.6-12)
USF on the Road ......................................1-1                            SUN.     6   MON.      7     TUE.       8     WED.     9    THUR. 10        FRI.    11    SAT.     12
Neutral Site ............................................2-1                         TBA          Time TBA        7 p.m.           TBA           TBA             TBA           7 p.m.
                                                                                                  Depart TIA      USF at St.                                                   USF vs.
W/L Streak ..............................Lost one game                                            for JFK.        John’s                                                       West
2006-07 Overall Record ..........................21-12                                            Time TBA        Depart via                                                   Virginia
                                                                                                  Arrive JFK      team char-
2006-07 after 13 games ............................11-2                                                           ter after
2006-07 after 14 games ............................11-3                                                           the game


                                                                                                                                            2007-08 USF Bulls Women’s Basketball              2
LET THE GAMES BEGIN; USF LOOKS TO GET BACK ON THE WINNING                                                       USF’ s record When
TRACK SATURDAY IN BIG EAST OPENER AGAINST WEST VIRGINIA                                                        Leading at halftime . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-0
                                                                                                               Trailing at halftime . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-3
Bulls look to regroup following tough non-conference loss to Vanderbilt                                        Tied at halftime . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0-0
                                                                                                               Overtime . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0-0
The University of South Florida women’s basketball team looks to get back on the winning track
                                                                                                               USF shoots 50% or better from field . . . . . . . . . .2-0
on Saturday as it kicks off BIG EAST Conference play against No. 17/16 West Virginia at the Sun
                                                                                                               USF shoots 40-49% from field . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-0
Dome ... Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. ... The game will be televised live in the Tampa Bay area on
                                                                                                               USF shoots under 40% from field . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-3
Catch 47 with Drew Felios handling the play-by-play and Amanda Miller providing the color com-
                                                                                                               Opp. shoots 50% or better from field . . . . . . . . . .0-1
mentary ... In addition, the contest can also be heard live on 1010 Sports WQYK AM - with Jim Louk
                                                                                                               Opp. shoots 40-49% from field . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0-2
calling the action and Andrikk Frazier handling the color analysis - or by logging onto
                                                                                                               Opp. shoots under 40% from field . . . . . . . . . . .10-0
www.GoUSFBulls.com and selecting the Press Pass option ... Saturday’s game is the second this
                                                                                                               USF outrebounds opponent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-1
season against a member of the Top 25 ... In addition to the Mountaineers, USF faced No. 10/9                  Opp. outrebounds USF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-2
Duke at the St. Pete Times Forum on Nov. 15 in the ESPNU Invitational ... The Bulls look to win                Tied in rebounds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-0
their fourth-straight conference opener and their third consecutive since joining the BIG EAST for             USF records 10 or more steals . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-1
the 2005-06 season ... The game against the Mountaineers is the second conference opener at                    USF records 15 or more assists . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-0
home in USF’s three years in the league ... Despite a tough loss to Vanderbilt - who was receiving             USF commits less than 15 turnovers . . . . . . . . . .4-0
votes in both Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Top 25 polls - the Bulls are off to what is tied             USF commits 15 or more turnovers . . . . . . . . . . .6-3
for the second-best 13-game start in school history ... Along with this year’s 10-3 start, USF also            USF commits less turnovers than opp. . . . . . . . . .8-1
started the 2005-06 and 1972-73 campaigns with the same record ... The 1972-73 team would fin-                 USF commits more turnovers than opp. . . . . . . . .1-2
ish the season with a 10-3 slate ... The Bulls’ 75-48 loss to the Commodores on Wednesday night                USF shoots 70% or better from the line . . . . . . . .1-0
snapped the team’s eight-game winning streak that was the second longest in school history ... It              USF shoots under 70% from the line . . . . . . . . . . .9-3
was second to only the 10-consecutive wins established by winning the last two games of the 1975-              USF scores 59 points or less . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0-3
76 season and the first eight games of the 1976-77 campaign ... Daiane Packer led the way for USF              USF scores between 60-69 points . . . . . . . . . . . .2-0
netting 11 points while Shantia Grace added 10 points in the loss ... Grace continues to lead the              USF scores between 70-79 points . . . . . . . . . . . .4-0
team in scoring averaging 17.7 points per game while Jessica Lawson is netting 15 points per out-              USF scores between 80-89 points . . . . . . . . . . . .3-0
ing ... Lawson and ChiChi Okpaleke are tied for the team lead grabbing 7.2 points per contest.                 USF scores between 90-99 points . . . . . . . . . . . .0-0
                                                                                                               USF scores more than 100 points . . . . . . . . . . . .1-0
                                                                                                               Two or less Bulls score in double figures . . . . . . . .0-3
                                                         2008 WOMEN’S FINAL FOUR                               Three Bulls score in double figures . . . . . . . . . . .8-0
                                                                                                               Four or more Bulls in double figures . . . . . . . . . .2-0
                                                                ST. PETE TIMES FORUM                           USF plays at the Sun Dome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-1
                                                                      TAMPA, FL                                USF plays on the road . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-1
                                                                   APRIL 6 & 8, 2008                           USF plays at a neutral site . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-1
                                                                                                               Playing in November . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-2
                                                             UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA                       Playing in December . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-0
                                                                  (HOST INSTITUTION)                           Playing in January . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0-1
                                                        www.ncaamarchmadness2008.com/womens                    Playing in February . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0-0
                                                                                                               Playing in March . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0-0

                  The Jose Fernandez File                                                                      Playing on Saturday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-0
                                                                                                               Playing on Sunday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-1
                      Hired at USF: April 2000 as an assistant coach ... Named head coach Dec. 14, 2000.
                                                                                                               Playing on Monday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0-0
                                                                                                               Playing on Tuesday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-0
                      Personal: Born Nov. 18, 1971 in Miami, FL ... Attended Miami Southwest Senior High       Playing on Wednesday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-1
                      School (1989) ... Fernandez and his wife Tonya live in Tampa with their daughters        Playing on Thursday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-1
                      Sydnie (13), Alex (12), Taylor (10), Brianna (6) and Brooke (3).                         Playing on Friday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0-0
                                                                                                               Playing during the afternoon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-2
                      Education: B.S. in physical education, Florida International University (1994).          Playing during the evening . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-2
                                                                                                               On television . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-1
    Coaching File: Student Assistant Coach, Miami-Dade CC Kendall (men) (1989-91) ... Assistant Coach,         In-season tournament games . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-1
    Miami-Dade CC Kendall (men) (1991-92) ... Assistant Coach, Sunset HS (boys), Miami, FL (1992-94) ...       Postseason tournament games . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0-0
    Assistant Coach, Barry University (men) (1994-96) ... Head Coach, Lourdes Academy (women), Miami,          Games decided by three points or less . . . . . . . . .0-0
    FL (1996-99) ... Assistant Coach, Barry University (women) (1999-00) ... Assistant Coach, USF (women)      Games decided by four to 10 points . . . . . . . . . .3-0
    (Apr. 2000-Oct. 2000) ... Interim Head Coach, USF (women) (Oct. 2000-Dec. 2000) ... Head Coach, USF        Games decided by 11-20 points . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-1
    (women) (Dec. 2000-present).                                                                               Games decided by more than 20 points . . . . . . . .4-2


    Highlights: Became USF’s all-time leader in career wins surpassing former head coach Trudi Lacey in             Scoring margins
    the Bulls’ game vs. Vermont (Dec. 28, 2006) ... At the conclusion of the 2006-07 season he guided the
    Bulls to their fourth straight postseason appearance in the 2007 Women's National Invitation               Points: Margin of victory
    Tournament ... Also coached USF’s all-time scoring leader - male or female - in Jessica Dickson (2003-         1 2 3 4 5                        6     7      8     9     10+
    07; 2,402 career points) ... Led the Bulls to its first-ever NCAA Tournament (2006) ... Has recruited          -     -      -      -     -      -     1      1      -     8
    five Top 40 recruiting classes in his seven years at USF including this year’s class which was the high-
    est ranked ever (17th) ... Led USF to its first ever postseason appearance, taking part in the WNIT        Points: Margin of defeat
    (2004) ... Helped the program earn its second straight WNIT berth (2005), and its first ever postseason        1 2 3 4 5                        6     7      8     9     10+
    victory over Florida ... The game was also USF's first ever postseason home contest.                           -     -      -      -     -      -     -      -      -     3


3            2007-08 USF Bulls Women’s Basketball
        Big EAst                                                                    tonight’ s USF Storylines
       Standings
  (through games of Jan.3)                                                 Shantia Grace has been pretty impressive           Jessica Lawson looks to keep lighting things
                                                                        all season long for the Bulls, however has real-   up from the floor ... In her last six games,
                        BIG EAST . . .Pct. . . .Overall. . . . .Pct.    ly stepped it up a notch in the last three         Lawson is shooting an impressive 57.4 percent
Connecticut . . . . . . . .0-0 . . . ..000 . . .12-0 . . .1.000         games ... Grace, the team’s leading scorer         (31-54) from the field ... On the year, Lawson
Notre Dame . . . . . . . .0-0 . . . ..000 . . .12-1 . . ..923           and most recent member of the 1,000-point          is shooting 52.1 percent (63-121).
Syracuse . . . . . . . . . .0-0 . . . ..000 . . .12-1 . . ..923         club at USF, is averaging 21 points per game in
DePaul . . . . . . . . . . .0-0 . . . ..000 . . .11-2 . . ..846         her last four contests against Oregon,
Louisville . . . . . . . . .0-0 . . . ..000 . . .11-2 . . ..846         Belmont, Yale and Vanderbilt.
Rutgers . . . . . . . . . . .0-0 . . . ..000 . . .10-2 . . ..833
West Virginia . . . . . . .0-0 . . . ..000 . . .10-2 . . ..833         Scouting West Virginia
Seton Hall . . . . . . . . .0-0 . . . ..000 . . . .9-2 . . . ..818       West Virginia comes into Saturday’s contest with a 10-2 record and as winners of seven of its last
Pittsburgh . . . . . . . . .0-0 . . . ..000 . . .10-3 . . ..769        eight ... The Mountaineers dropped their last contest to Indiana, 79-66, on Dec. 22 in Bloomington.
Providence . . . . . . . .0-0 . . . ..000 . . .10-3 . . ..769
USF . . . . . . . . . . . . .0-0 . . . ..000 . . .10-3 . . ..769         The meeting with the Bulls is West Virginia’s third of four-straight road games dating back to
Cincinnati . . . . . . . . .0-0 . . . ..000 . . . .9-3 . . . ..750
                                                                       Dec. 17 at Oakland (W, 84-65) ... The Mountaineers will travel to Hartford to face Connecticut on
Georgetown . . . . . . . .0-0 . . . ..000 . . . .9-3 . . . ..750
                                                                       Jan. 9.
Villanova . . . . . . . . . .0-0 . . . ..000 . . .10-4 . . ..714
St. John’s . . . . . . . . .0-0 . . . ..000 . . . .9-4 . . . ..692
                                                                          The Mountaineers start four players that are averaging double figures led by Olayinka Sanni who
Marquette . . . . . . . . .0-0 . . . ..000 . . . .8-5 . . . ..615
                                                                       is netting 17.42 points per game and two-time All-American Meg Bulger ... LaQuinta Owens and

          Preseason                                                    Chakhia Cole are also averaging 12.8 and 11.2 points per game respectively ...Sanni also leads the

           Big EAst                                                    team on the glass grabbing 6.8 rebounds per game respectively.

         Coaches Poll                                                  The Series vs. The Mountaineers
                                                                         Saturday’s game is just the third meeting between the two schools with the all-time series tied
1. Connecticut (15)               9. USF
                                                                       at one-game apiece
2. Rutgers (1)                    10. Seton Hall
3. West Virginia                  11. St. John’s
                                                                         Each school has won on its home court with the Mountaineers taking the most recent meeting,
4. Pittsburgh                     12. Villanova
                                                                       73-64, in Morgantown on Feb. 17, 2007 ... USF won the first-ever match-up, 66-56, in Tampa on
5. Notre Dame                     13. Syracuse
6. Louisville                     14. Cincinnati
                                                                       Feb. 25, 2006.
7. DePaul                         15. Providence
8. Marquette                      16. Georgetown                       Last Time Out vs. WVU
                                                                          USF dropped its third game in its last four outings as it was handed a 73-64 setback to West
            this week in                                               Virginia in Morgantown on Feb. 17, 2007.
              e
            th Big EAst                                                  The Bulls used a 17-4 run at the end of the first half to take a four-point lead, 31-27, into the
December 31                                                            locker room at the intermission only to be outscored 46-33 in the final half ... It was just the sec-
Connecticut 82, Army 33                                                ond game this season where USF lost a game after leading at the break (16-2).
Syracuse 72, St. Bonaventure 57
Providence 59, Massachusetts 56                                          USF placed four players in double digits led by Jessica Dickson’s game highs of 28 points and 10
January 2                                                              rebounds ... Rachael Sheats added 16 points marking her second double figure scoring game in her
Notre Dame 84, Richmond 59                                             last three ... Prior to the West Virginia game, Sheats had gone 12 straight games with nine or fewer
Rutgers 55, Pepperdine 45                                              points.
Marquette 78, Western Michigan 74
Tennessee 102, DePaul                                                    USF’s other three starters - Nalini Miller, Shantia Grace and ChiChi Okpaleke - accounted for just
Vanderbilt 75, USF 48                                                  eight points, five rebounds and three assists while the trio played an average of just 20 minutes
January 3                                                              between them.
Connecticut 88, Villanova 38
January 4                                                                The Mountaineers dominated the paint outscoring the Bulls 34-16 in the middle.
Brown at Georgetown
January 5                                                              Last Time Out
Louisville at Syracuse                                                    USF ended its eight-game winning streak - the second longest in school history - with a 75-48
Providence at Marquette                                                loss to Vanderbilt in Nashville.
St. John’s at Rutgers
Cincinnati at Seton Hall                                                 The Bulls placed only two players in double figures with Daiane Packer leading the team with 11
West Virginia at USF                                                   points ... Shantia Grace reached double-digits - 10 points - with less than one minute left in the
Tennessee at Notre Dame                                                game ... It was the first time in Packer’s two-year career with the USF that she has led the team
January 6                                                              in scoring.
Pittsburgh at DePaul
Connectiucut at Purdue
                                                                          The Bulls would finish the game shooting just 28.8 percent (17-59) from the field, including a
                                                                       dismal 17.4 percent (4-23) from three-point range, and 62.5 percent (10-16) from the free throw
                                                                       line.

                                                                         The Bulls' 48 points scored was the fewest since it scored the same amount against Pittsburgh

                                                                                                                             2007-08 USF Bulls Women’s Basketball         4
                  usf starting lineups (w-L)                                                                                                                 top 25 rankings
    Forward . . . . . . . .Forward . . . . . . . . .Center . . . . . . . . . .Guard . . . . . . . . . . .Guard . . . . . . . . . . . .W-L             Associated Press . . . . . . .Rank . . . . . . . .ESPN/USA Today
    Okpaleke . . . .Sanders . . . . . .Lawson . . . . . .Grace .                          .   .   .   .   .Sepulveda   .   .   .   .   .   .   .1-1   Connecticut . . . . . . . . . .1 . . . . . . . . .Connecticut
    Grant . . . . . . .Sanders . . . . .Okpaleke . . . . .Mitryk                          .   .   .   .   .Sepulveda   .   .   .   .   .   .   .1-0   Stanford . . . . . . . . . . . .2 . . . . . . . . . . . .Stanford
                                                                                                                                                      Tennessee . . . . . . . . . . .3 . . . . . . . . . . .Tennessee
    Grant . . . . . . .Sanders . . . . . .Lawson . . . . . .Grace .                       .   .   .   .   .Sepulveda   .   .   .   .   .   .   .0-1
                                                                                                                                                      North Carolina . . . . . . . .4 . . . . . . . .North Carolina
    Dalembert .Packer (Guard) . . .Lawson . . . . . .Grace .                              .   .   .   .   .Sepulveda   .   .   .   .   .   .   .1-0   Maryland . . . . . . . . . . . .5 . . . . . . . . . . . .Maryland
    Dalembert . . . .Mitryk . . . . . .Lawson . . . . . .Grace .                          .   .   .   .   .Sepulveda   .   .   .   .   .   .   .1-0   Rutgers . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 . . . . . . . . . . . .Rutgers
    Grant . . . .Messina (Guard) . . .Lawson . . . . . .Grace .                           .   .   .   .   .Sepulveda   .   .   .   .   .   .   .1-0   Georgia . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 . . . . . . . . . . . .Georgia
                                                                                                                                                      Oklahoma . . . . . . . . . . .8 . . . . . . . . . . .Oklahoma
    Okpaleke . .Messina (Guard) . . .Lawson . . . . . .Grace .                            .   .   .   .   .Sepulveda   .   .   .   .   .   .   .4-0
                                                                                                                                                      Baylor . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 . . . . . . . . . . . . .Baylor
    Okpaleke . . . .Denson . . . . . .Lawson . . . . . .Grace .                           .   .   .   .   .Sepulveda   .   .   .   .   .   .   .1-1   California . . . . . . . . . . .10 . . . . . . . . . . .California
                                                                                                                                                      LSU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .LSU
on Jan. 20, 2007 ... USF also had 48 points earlier in the 2006-07 season against LSU on Jan. 23,                                                     Duke . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 . . . . . . . . . .Texas A&M
2007.                                                                                                                                                 Texas A&M . . . . . . . . . . .13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Duke
                                                                                                                                                      Notre Dame . . . . . . . . .14 . . . . . . . . .Notre Dame
  For the sixth time this season, and the second straight game, the Bulls turned the ball over at                                                     DePaul . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 . . . . . . . . . . . .DePaul
                                                                                                                                                      Texas . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 . . . . . . . .West Virginia
least 20 times ... USF’s 20 miscues led to 21 Vandy points ... Last season the Bulls turned the ball
                                                                                                                                                      West Virginia . . . . . . . .17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . Texas
over 20 or more times just once.                                                                                                                      Auburn . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 . . . . . . . . . . . . Auburn
                                                                                                                                                      Old Dominion . . . . . . . . .19 . . . .George Washington
USF In Conference Openers                                                                                                                             George Washington . . . . .20 . . . . . . . . . .Ohio State
  USF comes into its game with West Virginia with a 7-5 record in conference openers in its last                                                      Ohio State . . . . . . . . . . .21 . . . . . . . . . . .Arkansas
                                                                                                                                                      Wyoming . . . . . . . . . . . .22 . . . . . . . . . . .Wyoming
12 games and a 4-3 mark during the Jose Fernandez era ... The Bulls have won its first two open-                                                      Colorado . . . . . . . . . . . .23 . . . . . . . .Old Dominion
ers in BIG EAST Conference play defeating No. 11/13 DePaul, 79-77 in overtime on Dec. 7, 2005 at                                                      Oklahoma State . . . . . . .24 . . . . . . . .Arizona State
the Sun Dome, and Villanova - one year later - 60-48 in Philadelphia.                                                                                 Arkansas . . . . . . . . . . . .25 . . . . . . .Oklahoma State


Grace Reaches Milestone                                                                                                                                          Other teams of interest receiving votes
                                                                                                                                                      Louisville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Vanderbilt
   Against Yale, Dec. 30, Shantia Grace became the 16th player in the 36 years of the women’s bas-
                                                                                                                                                      Vanderbilt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Louisville
ketball program at USF to score her 1,000th-career point ... She came into the game with the                                                          Pittsburgh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pittsburgh
Bulldogs needing 30 points in order to accomplish the feat, and also to establish a new career-high                                                   Syracuse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Marquette
... She reached the milestone on a trey from the top of the key with 4:13 left in the game.
                                                                                                                                                      Opponents in bold

Shantia Grace Earns Third BIG EAST
Honor & Second Straight                                                  usf’ s largest                                                                 Associated Press Rankings (as of Dec. 31)

   Shantia Grace earned her third BIG EAST                                 in 2007-08                                                                   ESPN/USA Today Rankings (as of Jan. 2)

Honor Roll recognition and her second
straight ... Grace was recognized after                            Lead . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 vs. Stetson
                                                                                                                                                          a look at the rpi
scoring 30 points against Yale on Dec. 30                          Deficit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 vs. Duke
                                                                   Margin of victory . . . . . . . . . . . .42 vs. Stetson                            Sagarin . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Opponent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .C-RPI
and became the 16th player to score 1,000                                                                                                             83 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .USF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49
career points ... Grace was 9-21 (42.9 per-                        Margin of defeat . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 vs. Duke
                                                                                                                                                      326 . . . . . . . . . .Bethune-Cookman . . . . . . . . . .301
cent) from the field, including 3-6 (50 per-                       Halftime lead . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 two times                            12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Duke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13
cent) from three-point range, and a stellar                        Halftime deficit . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 vs. Duke                            297 . . . . . . . . . . .New Hampshire . . . . . . . . . .276
                                                                   Deficit in win . . . . . . . . . . .8 vs. Saint Peter’s                            31 . . . . . . . . . . . . .Illinois State . . . . . . . . . . . .42
9-10 (90 percent) from the charity stripe ...
                                                                                                                                                      320 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Stetson . . . . . . . . . . . . .279
In addition she equaled her season-high                            Halftime deficit in win . . . . .4 vs. Saint Peter’s
                                                                                                                                                      201 . . . . . . . . .Florida International . . . . . . . . .145
with seven assists in the win.                                     Lead in loss . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 two times                          140 . . . . . . . . . . . .Saint Peter’s . . . . . . . . . . .114
                                                                   Halftime lead in loss . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0                         289 . . . . . . . . . . . .North Florida . . . . . . . . . . .255
                                                                                                                                                      138 . . . . . . . . . . . .Florida A&M . . . . . . . . . . . .89
Amazing Grace Is Back
                                                                     USF At home and                                                                  124 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Oregon . . . . . . . . . . . . .121

                                                                       on the road
  Shantia Grace is back where she left off                                                                                                            230 . . . . . . . . . . . . .Belmont . . . . . . . . . . . . .187
after the 2006-07 season concluded ...                                                                                                                255 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Yale . . . . . . . . . . . . . .182
Grace currently leads the team in scoring                                                                                                             26 . . . . . . . . . . . . .Vanderbilt . . . . . . . . . . . . .36
averaging 17.7 points per game and slightly                        Category . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Home . .Away . .Neutral                18 . . . . . . . . . . . .West Virginia . . . . . . . . . . . .35
                                                                   Record . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-1 . . .1-1                  . . .2-1           57 . . . . . . . . . . . . .St. John’s . . . . . . . . . . . . .70
leads the team in assists per game handing
                                                                                                                                                      30 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Syracuse . . . . . . . . . . . . .25
out 3.9.                                                           Field Goal% . . . . . . . . . .42.4 . .36.2                      . .37.2
                                                                                                                                                      89 . . . . . . . . . . . . .Providence . . . . . . . . . . . .118
                                                                   3-Pt. Field Goal% . . . . . .33.1 . .31.7                        . .29.2           62 . . . . . . . . . . . . .Seton Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . .33
   Grace recorded a new career-high with                           Free Throw % . . . . . . . . .61.1 . .65.8                       . .70.8           105 . . . . . . . . . . . . .Marquette . . . . . . . . . . . .107
                                                                   Oppt. Field Goal% . . . . . .36.0 . .39.5                        . .37.5           1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Connecticut . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
30 points against Yale on Dec. 30 ... That
                                                                                                                                                      15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Louisville . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
new high surpasses the only mark of 29 orig-                       Oppt. 3-Pt. Field Goal% . .26.7 . .35.1                          . .24.1
                                                                                                                                                      13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .DePaul . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57
inally set against Florida International on                        Oppt. Free Throw% . . . . .69.6 . .58.8                          . .63.3           93 . . . . . . . . . . . . .Cincinnati . . . . . . . . . . . .106
Nov. 29 in Miami earlier this season ... Of                        Rebounding Avg. . . . . . . .45.9 . .38.0                        . .40.0           9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Rutgers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
those 29 points against the Golden                                 Rebounding Margin . . . . .+9.4 . .-10.5                         . .-4.7           61 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Villanova . . . . . . . . . . . . .51
                                                                   Assists/Gm. . . . . . . . . . .15.5 . .11.5                       . .9.7           73 . . . . . . . . . . . . .Georgetown . . . . . . . . . . . .108
Panthers, 20 came in the first half.
                                                                                                                                                      7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Notre Dame . . . . . . . . . . . .11
                                                                   Turnovers/Gm. . . . . . . . .16.5 . .15.5                        . .16.3
                                                                                                                                                      24 . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pittsburgh . . . . . . . . . . . . .39
  Grace is the only player on the team to                          Blocks/Gm. . . . . . . . . . .3.3 . . .5.5                      . . .3.3
have scored in double figures in every game                        Steals/Gm. . . . . . . . . . .10.9 . .8.5                       . . .9.7             Sagarin Rankings (as of Dec. 31)
                                                                   Points/Gm. . . . . . . . . . .77.9 . .66.0                       . .64.7             CollegeRPI.com (as of Dec. 31)
she has played in this year - 12 ... Grace
missed the New Hampshire game on Nov. 17                           Points Allowed/Gm. . . . .60.9 . .65.5                           . .67.3


5               2007-08 USF Bulls Women’s Basketball
         USF in the Big                                                                             USF’ s 2007-08 Double-Doubles
        East Statistics                                                                      Jessica Lawson                                             Porche Grant
OVERALL TEAM STATISTICS (THROUGH JAN. 3)                                                     23   pts./11   rbs.    . . . . . . .vs. Illinois State     10 pts./12 rbs. . . . . . . . . . . .vs. Stetson
Category . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Leader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .USF    25   pts./14   rbs.    . . . . . . .vs. Saint Peter’s
Scoring Off. . . . . . . . .DU (85.8) . . . . . . .8th (73.0)                                18   pts./10   rbs.   . . . . . . .vs. North Florida       ChiChi Okpaleke
Scoring Def. . . . . . . .UConn (40.2) . . . .14th (63.1)                                    14   pts./10   rbs.   . . . . . . . . . . . . .vs. Yale    12 pts./12 rbs. . . . . . . .vs. North Florida
Scoring Margin . . . . . .UConn (+42.5) . . .13th (+9.9)
FG Pct. . . . . . . . . . . .UConn (51.9) . . . .15th (40.3)                                 Melissa Dalembert
FG Pct. Def. . . . . . . .UConn (27.8) . . . .10th (36.9)                                    19 pts./12 rbs.        . . . . .vs. New Hampshire
3-pt. Pct. . . . . . . . . .WVU (39.1) . . . . . .8th (32.2)
3-pt. Pct. Def. . . . . . .UConn (20.2) . . . . .6th (27.3)                                 due to a coach’s decision ... Coming into the West Virginia game, Grace has netted double digits
3-pt. FG Made . . . . . .VU (10.8) . . . . . . . .5th (6.4)                                 in the scoring column in her last 13-straight games dating back to last year.
FT Pct. . . . . . . . . . . .VU (78.4) . . . . . .13th (63.6)
Rebounding . . . . . . . .SU (48.4) . . . . . . .6th (43.3)                                   During her career, Grace has tallied double figures in 55 of 76 games played and in 37 of 45 dat-
Offensive Reb. . . . . . .SU (19.1) . . . . . . .8th (15.7)                                 ing back to the beginning of the 2006-07 campaign.
Defensive Reb. . . . . . .UConn (30.7) . . . . .5th (27.6)
Rebounding Mar. . . . . .UConn (+17.4) . . .13th (+3.1)                                     Grace Accepting the Charity
Blocked Shots . . . . . .UConn (5.7) . . . . .12th (3.6)                                       Shantia Grace has been dead-on from the charity stripe in her last four games against Oregon
Assists . . . . . . . . . . .UConn (22.3) . . . .15th (13.5)                                (Dec. 18), Belmont (Dec. 19), Yale (Dec. 30) and Vanderbilt (Jan. 2) ... During that stretch, Grace
Steals . . . . . . . . . . . .MU (12.9) . . . . . . .8th (10.2)                             is hitting 87.5 percent (21-24) of her shots from the free throw line ... In addition, she has only
 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ND (12.9) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                       shot worse than 80 percent once in her last six games with that being a 1-2 (50 percent) night
Turnover Margin . . . . .ND (+11.2) . . . . . .10th (+2.8)                                  against Florida A&M on Dec. 9.
Assist/TO Ratio . . . . .UConn (1.5) . . . . .13th (0.8)
                                                                                            Grace Moving Up The Charts
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS (THROUGH JAN. 3)                                                        Shantia Grace continues to move up USF’s career assist chart ... She came into the season No.
Category . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Player, Rank (Avg/Pct)            7 on the school’s all-time list with 311 career hand outs ... Her 47 assists so far this season has her
Scoring . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Shantia Grace, 5th (17.7)                                in sixth place on the chart with 358 career hand outs ... Grace is currently seven assists shy of
  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jessica Lawson, T15th (15.0)                             tying Anedra Gilmore (2003-05) and eight from moving into sole possession of fifth place.
FG Pct. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .No players ranked
3-pt. Pct. . . . . . . . . . . . .Shantia Grace, 13th (39.7)                                  Although Grace’s assist production is down this season with the addition of junior college trans-
3-pt FG Made . . . . . . . . . . .Shantia Grace, 4th (2.4)                                  fer Jazmine Sepulveda, she is still one of the top distributors of the ball in the BIG EAST ... During
FT Pct. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Shantia Grace, 7th (85.5)                                her career, Grace has dished out better than five assists in 25 games with five of those games being
Rebounding . . . . . . . . . . .Jessica Lawson, 14th (7.2)                                  double-figure assist games.
 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ChiChi Okpaleke, 15th (7.2)
Off. Rebounds . . . . . . . . .Jessica Lawson, 14th (2.8)                                   J-Law Making The Most Of Her Minutes
Def. Rebounds . . . . . . . . . . . . . .No players ranked                                    Jessica Lawson regrouped from a tough outing in the Bulls’ lone exhibition game of the presea-
Assists . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Shantia Grace, T10th (3.9)                               son where she was 0-4 from the field and 1-2 from the free throw line against the Miami Sun in 21
Steals . . . . . . . . . . .Jazmine Sepulveda, T14th (1.9)                                  minutes ... Although Lawson saw just 18 minutes against Bethune-Cookman on Nov. 13, she tallied
Assist/TO Ratio . . . . . . . . . .Shantia Grace, 4th (2.3)                                 16 points on 6-9 shooting from the field and 4-7 from the charity stripe ... She also grabbed six
Blocked Shots . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .No players ranked                                rebounds in the win over Bethune-Cookman.
Minutes Played . . . . . . . . .Shantia Grace, 4th (34.6)
  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jazmine Sepulveda, 23rd (28.7)
                                                                                               Lawson had - what was then - a career afternoon on Nov. 18 against Illinois State despite it being

          USF in the                                                                        in a loss ... The transfer from California poured in a career-high 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds

        NCAA Statistics                                                                     ... It was her second career double-double and her first at USF ... She surpassed her previous
                                                                                            career best of 19 points which she scored twice against Arizona while with the Bears.

OVERALL TEAM STATISTICS (THROUGH DEC. 16)                                                     Lawson followed up her 20-point outing (23 pts.) against Illinois State with another against
Category . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Rank (Avg/Pct)
                                                                                            Stetson ... She shot 7-11 from the field and was 6-8 from the charity stripe for 20 points in 25 min-
3-pt FG Per Game . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .T30th (6.8)
                                                                                            utes ... It was the first time of her
                                                                                                                                                        USF vs.The
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS (THROUGH DEC. 16)
Category . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Player, Rank (Avg/Pct)
                                                                                            career that she has recorded back-to-
                                                                                            back 20-point games.                                       Conferences
Assist/Turnover Ratio . . . . . .Shantia Grace, 7th (2.9)                                                                                    The following records indicate how the Bulls have done
                                                                                              On Dec. 1 against Saint Peter’s,
                                                                                            Lawson surpassed her previous                    this season against non-conference foes
                                                                                            career-high set against Illinois State           America East (New Hampshire) . . . . . . . . . . .          .1-0
                                                                                            on Nov. 18 ... Lawson poured in 25               Atlantic Coast (Duke) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     .0-1
                                                                                            points and 14 rebounds against the               Atlantic Sun (Stetson, North Florida, Belmont)              .3-0
                                                                                            Peahens on Dec. 1.                               Ivy League (Yale) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   .1-0
                                                                                                                                             Metro Atlantic Athletic (Saint Peter’s) . . . . . .         .1-0
                                                                                              With her 23-point outing on Dec. 9             Mid Eastern Athletic (Bethune-Cookman, FAMU)                .2-0
                                                                                            against Florida A&M, Lawson has                  Missouri Valley (Illinois State) . . . . . . . . . . .      .0-1
                                                                                            recorded four 20-point efforts this              Pacific 10 (Oregon) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     .1-0
                                                                                            season.                                          Southeastern (Vanderbilt) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       .0-1
                                                                                                                                             Sun Belt (Florida International) . . . . . . . . . .        .1-0


                                                                                                                                                          2007-08 USF Bulls Women’s Basketball                  6
Lawson En Fuego From The Field & The                 USF’ s All-Time                                                big east
Line
   Jessica Lawson is shooting an impressive
                                                    assist leaders                                               media services
52.1 percent (63-121) from the field on the        1.   Renee Bellamy (1991-94) . . . . . . . . . .429        THE BIG EAST ON THE WEB... WWW.BIGEAST.ORG
year for the Bulls, however has been particu-      2.   Jenny Koeppel (1994-97) . . . . . . . . . .389        On September 1, 2007, the BIG EAST Conference
larly dead-on from the floor in the past five      3.   Jackie Eisenhauer (1988-91) . . . . . . . .387     launched its new state-of-the-art Web site in conjunction
games ... In USF’s last five outings against       4.   Dione Smith (1998-00, 02) . . . . . . . . .366     with XOS Technologies. The site retained the conference's
Florida A&M (Dec. 9), Oregon (Dec. 18),            5.   Anedra Gilmore (2003-05) . . . . . . . . .365      familiar web address - www.bigeast.org - and continues to
Belmont (Dec. 19), Yale (Dec. 30) and              6.   Shantia Grace (2005-present) . . . . . .358        be an excellent source for the latest news and stories on
                                                                                                           happenings around the BIG EAST, including the 16 women's
Vanderbilt (Jan. 2), Lawson has hit for 59.1       7.   Angie Snyder (1989-92) . . . . . . . . . . .315
                                                                                                           basketball schools. This new site is also a reliable source for
percent (26-44) of her shots from the field.       8. Melissa Tape (2000-04) . . . . . . . . . .287
                                                                                                           new extensive video coverage on BIGEAST.tv, the new
                                                      Sharon McKinney (1985-88) . . . . . . .287
                                                                                                           online home for live and on-demand streaming video,
  Included in that 26-42 from the field was        10. Ginger Bennett (1985, 87-89) . . . . .234           including live games and highlights from many BIG EAST
Lawson’s first field goal made from                                                                        women's basketball games. Up-to-the-minute standings,
“downtown” ... Lawson made her first
three-pointer in her first attempt
                                              2007-08 USF Honors                                           along with team-by-team and composite results are also
                                                                                                           updated at the conclusion of each game. National polls,
against Belmont on Dec. 19 in Cancun.    SHANTIA GRACE                                                     weekly award winners and team notebooks are updated
                                                                                                           each week.
                                                   BIG EAST Honor Roll . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Dec. 3)
   Lawson has also been pretty automat-                                                                       The new BIG EAST Web site also will give users access to
                                                   BIG EAST Honor Roll . . . . . . . . . . . .(Dec. 23)
                                                                                                           live game updates, updated team and conference statistics,
ic from the charity stripe as well in her          BIG EAST Honor Roll . . . . . . . . . . . .(Dec. 31)
                                                                                                           rosters, features, recaps, photo galleries and more.
last five games ... Over that four-con-
                                                                                                              The Media Guide along with an in-depth Records &
test stretch she has hit 15-19 from the       JESSICA LAWSON                                               History Section are located on each sport's page. In addi-
line for 78.9 percent.                             BIG EAST Honor Roll . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Dec. 9)   tion, a Photo/Logo Gallery is conveniently located on the
                                                                                                           front page. This Gallery includes headshots/action photos
Denson A Welcome Addition To The                                                                           of head coaches and selected current players. The pictures
Frontcourt                                                                                                 may be downloaded for media use. The photos are available
  Brittany Denson made her presence felt in her first four games in a Bulls’ uniform ... The Miami         in both low and high-resolution formats. Logos for every
(FL) transfer saw her first action with USF in the Caribbean Challenge against Oregon and Belmont          BIG EAST team and the conference marks can also be
and just played her first game in front of the Sun Dome faithful against Yale on Dec. 30 ... Denson        accessed. (Credit "The BIG EAST Conference" with each
                                                                                                           photo use).
got her feet wet against the Ducks on Dec. 18 with four points and five rebounds in 18 minutes.

                                                                                                              WEEKLY AWARDS
  Denson would follow that outing up with a 16-point, six-rebound outing against Belmont on Dec.
                                                                                                              The BIG EAST names a Player and Freshman of the Week,
19 ... She turned in 5-9 shooting from the field and 6-7 from the free throw line in the win.              as well as a Weekly Honor Roll, each Monday during the sea-
                                                                                                           son. Winners are chosen from nominations provided by the
  Although she just scored three points against Yale, Denson continued to hit the glass hard, grab-        BIG EAST sports information directors. The information is
bing nine rebounds while also tying her career-high of four assists against the Bulldogs.                  released from the BIG EAST office and will be listed in the
                                                                                                           conference release and be available on the league web
   Denson played in 17 games for the Hurricanes, during the 2006-07 season, while getting the              site.
starting nod in 16 before deciding to transfer to USF ... She was third on the team in scoring, aver-
aging 8.4 points per game and paced the team in rebounding grabbing, 6.9 per outing ... She also              ANNUAL AWARDS
                                                                                                              The All-BIG EAST First, Second, Honorable Mention and
led the team on the year in total blocked shots with 17 (1.0 bpg) ... Was quite impressive from the
                                                                                                           Freshman Teams, Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year,
field in her 17 games shooting 50.4 percent (60-119) ... Recorded four double-doubles on the sea-
                                                                                                           Defensive Player of the Year and Coach of the Year are cho-
son and tallied double figures in six games.                                                               sen from a vote of the league's 16 head coaches at the con-
                                                                                                           clusion of the regular season. A Most Improved Player, a
  Denson averaged 5.7 points per game and 5.3 rebounds per outing during her freshman year prior           Sixth-Man Award, a Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete and
to having a season-ending knee injury ... In her 22 games as a rookie - including 11 starts - Denson       a Sportsmanship Award winner are also selected. Coaches
blocked 30 shots (1.4 bpg) which was the seventh-highest single-season total in school history and         are not allowed to vote for themselves or their own play-
the most since 1997 ... She was also second on the team in offensive rebounds per game, grabbing           ers. The awards will be announced at the pre-championship
2.3 per outing, and fourth in defensive boards hauling down 3.0 per contest.                               banquet on Friday, March 7 at the Hartford Hilton Hotel,
                                                                                                           Hartford, Conn.
                                                                                                              The BIG EAST All-Academic Team is comprised of letter-
Gianna Picking It Up                                                                                       winners who are starters or important reserves and have an
   Gianna Messina has been extremely solid for the Bulls averaging 6.2 points per game this season
                                                                                                           overall grade-point average of 3.00 or better over the past
... She is also averaging 9.5 points per game in her last six outings ... In addition, during those six    academic year. The entire all-sports squad is announced in
outings, she is shooting 50 percent (18-36) from the field ... She is also hitting 61.1 percent (11-       June after the conclusion of the academic year.
18) of her shots in her last four games.
                                                                                                              CHAMPIONSHIP CREDENTIALS
    Messina has started in five games this season with all five coming in the last seven games.               As was done for the last three seasons, all credential
                                                                                                           applications for the 2008 BIG EAST Women's Basketball
  The Tampa native scored a then-career-high eight points - in 12 minutes - on 3-4 shooting from           Championship Presented by Aeropostale will only be
                                                                                                           accepted on-line via the BIG EAST Championship Credential
the field and 2-3 from behind the three-point arc at Florida International on Nov. 29 in Miami.
                                                                                                           Web Site. An advisory will be sent to accredited media in
                                                                                                           January with specific instructions on the application
  Against Saint Peter’s on Dec. 1, Messina teetered on the verge of a double-double without scor-
                                                                                                           process. All parts of this section are for media use only.
ing a basket ... She would establish two new career highs with eight rebounds and nine assists in          Accredited media should contact the conference office for
the win over the Peahens.                                                                                  the address.


7           2007-08 USF Bulls Women’s Basketball
       USF On The Tube                                                                  Messina, offensively, had her best collegiate game of her career against North Florida on Dec. 5
                                                                                     ... She poured in a career-best 15 points on 4-10 (40 percent) shooting from the field including 3-
   The USF women’s basketball team will be featured on tel-                          6 (50 percent) from behind the three-point arc ... Messina also logged three assists and a steal in
evision 10 times this season both nationally and locally in the                      a career-high 33 minutes of action.
Tampa Bay area. The “Green and Gold” boast the second-best
local television package in the BIG EAST Conference.                                 All That Jaz
   The Bulls will make one appearance apiece on ESPNU,                                 Junior college transfer Jazmine Sepulveda has scored double figures in five of the team’s 13
College Sports Television (CSTV) and as part of the BIG EAST                         games this season including a career-high 26 points against Yale on Dec. 30 ... She surpassed her
Regional Network Game of the Week package.                                           previous career-best of 17 points established against New Hampshire on Nov. 17.
   USF will be part of a national television doubleheader
when it faces perennial women's basketball power Duke on
                                                                                        Sepulveda has tallied double figures in five of 13 games this season ... In addition to Yale and
Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. in the first game of the inaugural ESPNU
                                                                                     New Hampshire, she hit double digits against Bethune Cookman (16) on Nov. 13, at Florida
Invitational at the St. Pete Times Forum. Defending national
champion Tennessee will then take on Oklahoma at 9 p.m. in                           International (13) on Nov. 29 and against Florida A&M (15) on Dec. 9).
the nightcap.
   The Bulls will travel to Cincinnati to take on the Bearcats                          Sepulveda is currently second on the team in assists with handing out 3.5 per game just behind
on Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. as part of the BIG EAST Regional Network                         Grace who is at 3.9 per outing ... The Brooklyn, NY, native dished out a then-season and career-
Game of the Week telecast.                                                           high six in the season opener against Bethune-Cookman and fell just one handout short of that with
   USF will close out the regular season when it travels to                          five, twice, against FIU and North Florida ... She would establish a new career-high with seven
Marquette on Mar. 3 for a 9 p.m. (ET) tip on CSTV. That game                         assists against Oregon on Dec. 18.
will be the conclusion of the network's 12-game BIG EAST
game of the week package.
                                                                                       Sepulveda hasn’t only shot and distributed the ball effectively, but has hit the glass as well ...
   In addition, for the fourth straight season USF’s official
                                                                                     She is averaging 4.3 rebounds per game which is good enough for sixth on the team ... She grabbed
cable partner, Catch 47 - Tampa Bay Sports Television, will
broadcast a record six games during the 2007-08 season. The                          a career-high 10 boards in USF’s loss to Illinois State on Nov. 18 from the point guard spot.
following are USF’s television games.
                                                                                        Although 11 of the 12 players on USF’s roster have gotten the starting nod this year, Sepulveda
Date . . . . . . .Opponent (TV Outlet) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Time   is the only player to start in all 13 games this season.
Nov. 15   .   .   .   .Duke (ESPNU) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7   p.m.
Dec. 1    .   .   .   .Saint Peter’s (Catch 47) . . . . . . . . .4:30      p.m.      Running Like A Porche
Jan. 5    .   .   .   .West Virginia (Catch 47) . . . . . . . . . . .7     p.m.
                                                                                       Porche Grant got out of the gate quickly against Bethune-Cookman on Nov. 13 ... Grant hauled
Jan. 12   .   .   .   .Syracuse (Catch 47) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7    p.m.
                                                                                     down a career and team-high 14 rebounds against the Wildcats surpassing her previous best of 11
Jan. 26   .   .   .   .Marquette (Catch 47) . . . . . . . . . . . . .7     p.m.
                                                                                     against Massachusetts on Nov. 26, 2006.
Jan. 30   .   .   .   .at Connecticut (CPTV/Catch 47) . . . . .7           p.m.
Feb. 9    .   .   .   .at Cincinnati (BETV/Catch 47) . . . . . . .2        p.m.
Feb.16    .   .   .   .Rutgers (Catch 47) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7   p.m.        Grant recorded her first career double-double on Nov. 20 against Stetson with a 10-point, 12-
Mar. 1    .   .   .   .Pittsburgh (Catch 47) . . . . . . . . . . . . .7    p.m.      rebound outing ... Her 10 points was also a career-high surpassing the eight scored in her colle-
Mar. 3    .   .   .   .at Marquette (CSTV) . . . . . . . . . . . . .9      p.m.      giate debut against Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Nov. 10, 2006.

     USF On The Radio                                                                  Grant is currently fourth on the team in rebounding grabbing 5.3 per outing behind Jessica
                                                                                     Lawson and ChiChi Okpaleke grabbing 7.2 per game and Brittany Denson pulling in 6.0 per outing.
   For the third straight year, fans of the USF women's bas-
ketball team will be able to listen to all of the exciting
action - both home and away, and regular season right
                                                                                     D-Bert’s Big Night
                                                                                       Melissa Dalembert had a huge night in USF’s outing against New Hampshire on Nov. 17 ...
through the postseason - live on commercial radio. 1010
Sports will carry the entire season, which can also be                               Dalembert poured in a career-high 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the 72-56 win over the
heard worldwide via the internet by logging onto                                     Wildcats ... In 27 minutes Dalembert was 8-13 from the field and 3-4 from the free throw line.
www.GoUSFBulls.com.
   Garrett Walvoord begins his first year as the play-by-                              Dalembert was one of the few players who has a good showing at Vanderbilt ... The center was
play voice of the USF women's basketball team. When not                              4-5 (80 percent) from the field for eight points and grabbed three rebounds in six minutes.
broadcasting games on the hardwood, Walvoord serves as
a sports and news anchor/reporter for Westwood One -                                   Dalembert has two career starts under her belt in back-to-back outings against Stetson on Nov.
Metro Networks in Tampa. He also serves as the play-by-
                                                                                     20 and Florida International on Nov. 29.
play voice for several other USF intercollegiate teams.
   Amanda Miller returns for her fourth season with the
                                                                                       Dalembert is the sister of current Philadelphia 76er Samuel Dalembert.
Bulls and her third year as serving as color analyst for all
USF women's basketball home games.
                                                                                     Lady Di Leads Bulls
                                                                                       Daiane Packer had one of her best games of the year against Vanderbilt leading the team in scor-
                                                                                     ing with 11 points on 3-8 shooting from the field - and behind the three-point arc - and 2-2 from
                                                                                     the charity stripe ... It was the first time in her short two-year career at USF that she has led the
                                                                                     team in scoring.

                                                                                     Using The Mitryk Scale
                                                                                       Caitlyn Mitryk had the best game of her career at USF on Nov. 20 against Stetson ... Mitryk scored
                                                                                     a career-high 10 points and grabbed a career-best six rebounds ... She also added three assists in
                                                                                     24 minutes of action.

                                                                                       Mitryk earned her first career start on Nov. 17 in the Bulls’ game against New Hampshire ... She
                                                                                     also got the starting nod on Nov. 29 at Florida International.

                                                                                                                                           2007-08 USF Bulls Women’s Basketball         8
USF Was Treymendous Against Bethune-Cookman ...                                                             big east weekly
  USF wasn’t shy about firing up the long ball in its season opener on Nov. 13 ... The Bulls were               coaches
11-30 (36.7 percent) from behind the arc against Bethune-Cookman ... USF’s treys made was the
fourth-most hit in school history, and the most since hitting 11 against UAB on Jan. 6, 2002.
                                                                                                            teleconference
                                                                                                          The BIG EAST women's basketball coaches will hold
  The backcourt tandem of Jazmine Sepulveda and Shantia Grace combined for 8-11 from behind            five media teleconferences during the 2007-08 season
the three-point arc against the Wildcats ... Grace was also 5-10 from the floor on the night.          on Jan. 10, Jan. 24, Feb. 7, Feb 21 and March 8 (pre-
                                                                                                       championship) beginning at 10 a.m. ... The teleconfer-
... And Florida International                                                                          ence schedule will feature all 16 head coaches, every
   The Bulls also found themselves on fire from behind the three-point arc on Nov. 29 against          other week ... Each head coach will be available for
Florida International ... USF shot 50 percent (9-18) from three-point range, including a 53.3 per-     five-to-eight minutes in a scheduled format ... Media
cent clip (8-15) in the first half.                                                                    representatives wishing to participate in the telecon-
                                                                                                       ference should contact the BIG EAST office for the
    USF’s eight treys made against the Golden Panthers is tied for the 10th most in school history.    phone number and replay information

Three-peat                                                                                             The BIG EAST head coaches will participate in the fol-
   For the third time this season USF has recorded double-figure three-point field goals made when     lowing order:
it hit 10 against Florida A&M on Dec. 9 ... The Bulls also accomplished the feat this season with 11
against Bethune-Cookman on Nov. 13 and 10 against Stetson on Nov. 20.                                  10 a.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . .Quentin Hillsman, Syracuse
                                                                                                       10:06 a.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jose Fernandez, USF
   Last season the Bulls netted a season-high of nine treys made in just three of 33 games played      10:12 a.m. . . . . . . . . . .Muffet McGraw, Notre Dame
... Prior to this season USF last had double-digit three pointers made on Dec. 19, 2005 with 10        10:18 a.m. . . . . . . . . . . . .Phil Seymore, Providence
against Puerto Rico-Mayaguez in the San Juan Shootout.                                                 10:24 a.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jeff Walz, Louisville
                                                                                                       10:30 a.m. . . . . . . . . . . . .Harry Perretta, Villanova
   In addition, over the last five-plus seasons, USF has recorded multiple games of double-digit       10:36 a.m. . . . . . . . . . . .Phyllis Mangina, Seton Hall
three-pointers made in just one season, the 2002-03 campaign ... That year the Bulls hit 10-21         10:42 a.m. . . . . . . . . . . .Agnus Berenato, Pittsburgh
against Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis (Dec. 19, 2002) and against TCU (Mar.     10:48 a.m. . . . . . . . . . .Geno Auriemma, Connecticut
3) when they made 11-25.                                                                               10:54 a.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . .J. Kelley Hall, Cincinnati
                                                                                                       11 p.m. . . . . . . .Terri Williams-Flournoy, Georgetown
Jose Fernandez Etches His Name In USF Record Books                                                     11:06 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Doug Bruno, DePaul
  To say that being the head women’s basketball coach at USF has been a work in progress is cer-       11:12 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . .Mike Carey, West Virginia
tainly an understatement ... Jose Fernandez comes into the West Virginia game with a 110-110           11:18 p.m. . . . . . . . . . .Kim Barnes Arico, St. John’s
career coaching record ... He pulled himself to the .500 mark on Dec. 19 against Belmont with the      11:24 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . .Terri Mitchell, Marquette
Bulls’ 74-55 win ... The Miami native reached the mark despite having to include a rough 4-24 cam-     11:30 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . .C. Vivian Stringer, Rutgers
paign in his first year at USF (2000-01).

  Fernandez has really left his mark on the program with what he has done over the past four sea-
sons ... Fernandez has led the Bulls to four-straight postseason appearances - the WNIT in 2004,
2005 and 2007, and the NCAA in 2006 - all while posting a 85-53 (61.6 percent) record since 2003-
04.

  Against Vermont on Dec. 28, 2006, Fernandez became USF’s all-time leader in career wins sur-
passing former head coach - and former general manager of the now defunct Charlotte Sting of
the WNBA - Trudi Lacey (1988-96) who held the top spot with 88 career wins.

  Fernandez surpassed Lacey, who held the mark since 1996, accomplishing the feat in his 186th
game, while Lacy took 215 out of 219 outings to win 88.

Jose Fernandez vs. The Top 25
  USF is 5-22 vs. teams ranked in the Top 25 of either the AP or ESPN/USA Today polls since Jose
Fernandez took over prior to the 2000-01 season.

  USF has already faced one Top 25 team this season when it dropped a 89-52 decision to No. 10/9
Duke on Nov. 15 in the ESPNU Invitational at the St. Pete Times Forum ... Duke was one of two
non-conference teams that the Bulls faced that were ranked in the preseason Associated Press and
ESPN/USA Today Top 25 polls ... Vanderbilt was Nov. 23/17 in the preseason polls, however dropped
out of both Top 25 polls the week before USF faced them ... They were, however, receiving votes
in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today polls.

  No. 3/3 LSU and No. 3/3 Connecticut - UConn both times when USF played them - were the high-
est-ranked opponents that the Bulls have ever faced ... The Lady Tigers defeated USF 87-44 in
Baton Rouge on Dec, 30, 2005 while the Huskies handed USF an 81-67 loss on Feb. 20, 2007 and a
74-54 setback on Mar. 4, 2007.




9           2007-08 USF Bulls Women’s Basketball
  On Dec. 7, 2005, DePaul - who was ranked No.         ... The Bulls defeated Pac-10 foe Oregon, 68-58,                                 Bulls Excel Off The Court As Well
11 in the AP Top 25 and No. 13 in the ESPN/USA         on the first day of action and followed that up with                               USF is not only off to a fast start on the basket-
Today Poll - was the highest ranked team that          a commanding 74-55 victory over Belmont on the                                   ball court, but have gotten out of the gate quickly
the Bulls have ever defeated handing the Blue          final day.                                                                       off the court in the classroom as well ... Six of the
Demons a 79-77 loss in overtime ... The game                                                                                            12 players on the Bulls’ roster recorded a 3.0 grade
was the inaugural BIG EAST opener for both               USF’s two-game sweep in Cancun improved its                                    point average (GPA) during the recent fall semes-
schools ... USF’s 74-58 win over No. 15/15             record in games outside the Continental United                                   ter.
Louisville on Jan. 16, 2007 marked the second-         States to 5-0 under USF head coach Jose Fernandez
highest ranked team that the Bulls have record-        and 6-1 all-time.                                                                   Gianna Messina turned in a 3.81 GPA in the fall
ed a win over.                                                                                                                          ... The freshman from Tampa is in the University’s
                                                          After a nine-day layoff the Bulls extended its                                honors college majoring in business ... Her cumu-
  USF defeated No. 21/22 Notre Dame on the             winning streak to six games with their win over                                  lative GPA is a 3.72 ... She also served as team rep-
road in overtime, 68-64, on Jan. 28, 2006.             Oregon ... Shantia Grace led three players in dou-                               resentative for USF’s Student-Athlete Advisory
                                                       ble figures scoring a game-high 26 points in the win                             Committee.
  USF defeated No. 23 Tulane (69-64) on Jan. 20,       ... Jessica Lawson and Gianna Messina added 12
2002, and No. 18 TCU (89-84) in a double-overtime      and 11 points respectively for USF ... On the night,                               Caitlyn Mitryk logged a 3.80 fall GPA ... A sopho-
thriller on Feb. 2, 2004.                              the Bulls shot 40.7 percent (24-59) from the field                               more, she is majoring in criminology ... Her cumu-
                                                       and forced the Ducks into 16 turnovers. USF, how-                                lative and overall GPA is a 3.49 and boasts a 3.89
  USF defeated three of its last seven Top 25          ever, was beaten on the boards 44-38 including 20-                               GPA in her major.
teams that it played in the Sun Dome (No. 18/18        12 on the offensive glass.
TCU, No. 11/13 DePaul and No. 15/15 Louisville)                                                                                            Brittany Denson turned in a 3.46 GPA last semes-
with all three victories being conference wins           The Bulls welcomed Brittany Denson to the hard-                                ter ... Denson is a junior majoring in criminology
(TCU, Conference USA, DePaul and Louisville,           wood for the first time after the Winter Haven                                   ... Her cumulative USF GPA is 3.0 and 3.25 in her
BIG EAST) ... The four losses came against No.         High School product had to sit out since Jan. 2007                               major.
13/15 Michigan State (81-66) on Dec. 10, No.           due to NCAA transfer rules ... Denson transferred
10/9 Rutgers (66-65) on Jan. 11 last year and to       to USF after playing a year-and-a-half at Miami                                    Porche Grant had a 3.40 GPA last semester ... A
No. 6/6 LSU (60-48) on Jan. 3 and No 3/3 UConn         (FL) ... She scored four points and grabbed five                                 sophomore communication major, her cumulative
(81-67) on Feb. 20.                                    rebounds in 18 minutes against the Ducks.                                        USF and overall gpa is 3.16 and 2.9 in her major.

  The Bulls are 3-1 in overtime games against             The Bulls would register their seventh straight                                  Daiane Packer had a 3.33 fall GPA ... She will
Top 25 teams since Jose Fernandez took over for        win with their win over Belmont ... It was USF’s                                 graduate in May 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts
the 2000-01 season ... They’ve defeated No.            third win this season over a member of the Atlantic                              degree in Communication with an emphasis in busi-
18/18 TCU (89-84, 2ot) on Feb. 2, 2004, No.            Sun Conference ... In addition, the win raised Jose                              ness ... She is an international student that over-
11/13 DePaul (79-77) on Dec. 7, 2005, and No.          Fernandez’ career record to .500 (109-109), quite                                came language barriers ... Her cumulative USF GPA
21/22 Notre Dame (68-64) on Jan. 28, 2006. ...         an accomplishment after officially being named                                   is 3.09 and 3.16 in her major.
The only setback came at the hands of No. 8/8          head coach on Dec. 14, 2000 and logging a 4-24
Connecticut (75-65) on Dec. 1, 2004 in Storrs ...      slate his first year.                                                               Chi Chi Okpaleke recorded a 3.33 GPA in the fall
The UConn game was the first overtime game                                                                                              ... She will graduate in May 2008 with a Bachelor
that the Huskies ever played in Gampel Pavilion.          Jessica Lawson had another big outing scoring 19                              of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences and plans
                                                       points on 7-9 shooting from the field, 1-1 from                                  on attending medical school ... Okpaleke’s cumu-
Dome Sweet Dome                                        behind the three-point arc - the first of her career                             lative USF GPA is 3.6, 3.63 overall and 3.44 in her
   USF has dominated its opposition on its home        - and 4-4 from the charity stripe ... She also added                             major ... During the fall Okpaleke served on an
floor of late and have continued the trend, at least   a team-high seven rebounds in the win ... Shantia                                NCAA accreditation focus group.
through the non-conference portion of the 2007-08      Grace also added 19 points and Brittany Denson
schedule ...The Bulls have turned in an impressive     had 16 points and six rebounds in 21 minutes ...                                 USF Inks Another Standout Class
48-9 (84.2 percent) overall record and a 30-4 (88.2    Gianna Messina had her second-straight 11-point                                     USF head women's basketball coach Jose
percent) mark in non-conference games on their         outing.                                                                          Fernandez has signed another standout recruiting
home turf dating back to the 2004-05 season ... In                                                                                      class with the signing of four players to National
addition, USF is 52-9 (85.2 percent) in the Sun           The Bulls had its best game from the charity                                  Letters of Intent during the recent early signing
Dome since defeating No. 18 TCU, 89-84, in double      stripe hitting 85.7 percent (18-21) of their shots ...                           period ... The Bulls have inked 6-3 forward
overtime on Feb. 2, 2004, unquestionably the           It was the first time this season that USF hit for                               Tawatha Tucker from Raeford, NC (Village Christian
defining game that has led to the Bulls’ success       better than 68 percent from the free throw line.                                 HS), 5-7 guard Jasmine Wynne from Jacksonville,
over the last four-plus years, and 34-7 (82.9 per-                                                                                      FL (University Christian HS) and 5-8 twin backcourt

                                                                 All-Time USF Games Outside the
cent) on their home turf since the beginning of the


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2005-06 season.

  USF is 12-4 (75 percent) in BIG EAST games at
home - since joining the conference for the 2005-       Tournament . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Location . . . . . . . . .Result . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Date
06 season - and 18-5 (78.3 percent) in league           Northern Lights Invitational . . .Anchorage, AK . . .USF 79, Alaska-Anchorage 44                                           . . . . .Dec. 17, 1982
games dating back to the 2004-05 campaign.                 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ohio State 101, USF 74 . . . . . . . . .Dec. 18, 1982
                                                        San Juan Shootout . . . . . . . . .San Juan, PR                        . . .USF 121, UPR-Mayaguez 41 . . . . . . .Dec. 19, 2005
A Look Back At Cancun                                      . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .USF 60, Northern Arizona 55 . . . . . .Dec. 20, 2005
  USF turned in a 2-0 record in the Caribbean              . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .USF 72, Colorado 59 . . . . . . . . . . .Dec. 21, 2005
Challenge at the Moon Palace Resort and                 Caribbean Challenge . . . . . . .Cancun, Mexico . .USF 68, Oregon 58 . . . . . . . . . . . .Dec. 18, 2007
Convention Center in Cancun, Mexico Dec. 18-19             . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .USF 74, Belmont 55                       . . . . . . . . . . .Dec. 19, 2007


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mates Andrell and Andrea Smith from Lakeland, FL         this year ... Grace averaged 22 points per game in        Fill Your Belly With All-U-Can Eat Seats
(Lake Gibson HS). All four players are expected to       two games while helping the Bulls to a 2-0 record            The USF athletics department announced that
contribute immediately during the 2008-09 season         with wins over Oregon (Dec. 18) and Belmont (Dec.         "All-U-Can-Eat-Seats" will be available for all men's
... This year's class is No. 18 in the nation by the     19) in the Caribbean Challenge in Cancun, Mexico          and women's home basketball games for the 2007-
Blue Star Basketball Report (BSBR) and No. 21 by         ... She shot 43.7 percent from the field and 46.1         08 season ... With the purchase of one south end
the Collegiate Girls Basketball Report (CGBR).           percent from behind the three-point arc on the            ticket (second level for men and lower level for
                                                         week ... Grace poured in 26 points and grabbed six        women) you will receive a voucher that will allow
   Tucker comes to USF ranked No. 116 in America         rebounds against the Ducks in 39 minutes ... It was       for "All-U-Can-Eat" hot dogs, popcorn, pretzels and
by the CGBR, and despite her 6-3 height, brings          her second game of 26 or more points in the last          soft drinks for the entirety of the game ... The
tremendous athleticism to the floor which will fit       five games up to that point ... In addition, she also     ticket is $20 for men's games and $15 ($12 youth)
in with the Bulls' up-tempo system ... She is a ver-     recorded six rebounds ... Grace would follow that         for women's games and can be purchased by call-
satile player who can step into the center, power        outing up with an 18-point effort while also record-      ing 1-800-GoBulls.
forward, or small forward positions ... Tucker, who      ing four steals and two assists against Belmont.
averaged 19 points and nine rebounds per game                                                                      USF To Host Women’s Final Four In 2008
last year at Village Christian in Fayetteville, NC, is      Shantia Grace earned her third BIG EAST Honor            For the first time ever, the NCAA Women's Final
also outstanding in transition and can face-up to        Roll recognition and her second straight for the          Four is coming to the State of Florida, and USF is
the basket out to about 15-feet.                         week ending Dec. 30 ... Grace was recognized              the host school ... The 2008 event will be played in
                                                         after scoring 30 points against Yale on Dec. 30 and       the St. Pete Times Forum in downtown Tampa, and
  Wynne, currently ranked No. 29 by the BSBR and         became the 16th player to score 1,000 career              the Tampa Convention Center will serve as the site
No. 75 by CGBR, is another up-tempo player that          points ... Grace was 9-21 (42.9 percent) from the         of both the Women's Basketball Coaches
will fit USF's system nicely ... She has tremendous      field, including 3-6 (50 percent) from three-point        Association Convention and the fan-centered Hoop
court awareness and presence, and the ability to         range, and a stellar 9-10 (90 percent) from the           City.
make plays in the transition and hit the three-point     charity stripe ... In addition she equaled her sea-
shot.                                                    son-high with seven assists in the win.                       USF hosted the 1999 Men's Final Four at
                                                                                                                   Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, the 1994 men's
   The Smith tandem has been labeled as "one of          Lawson Gets BIG EAST Kudo                                 first and second rounds and the 1998 men's region-
the best guard combinations in the country" by the          Jessica Lawson has been named to the BIG EAST          al at the Trop ... USF also hosted the 2003 NCAA
CGBR and helped Lake Gibson High School to a 23-         Conference women's basketball weekly honor roll           men's first and second round event at the St. Pete
5 record during the 2006-07 season ... Andrell is        for the week ending Dec. 9, 2007 ... It is the sec-       Times Forum.
ranked No. 105 by the CGBR and No. 93 by the All         ond-straight week that a member of the team has
Start Girls Report and has already tallied a 40-         earned the honor ... Lawson averaged 20.5 points
point game this season ... She is widely regarded        per game and 7.5 rebounds per contest while help-
as the true point guard and play maker of the duo        ing the Bulls to a 2-0 record and wins over North
... She averaged 9.8 points per game last season         Florida (75-68) and Florida A&M (78-59) ... Lawson
for Lake Gibson and was tabbed an All-Class 5A           recorded her third double-double of the season
honorable mention ... Andrea averaged 20.7 points        and the fourth of her career - dating back to her
per game last year proving to be a big-time scorer       playing days at California - with an 18-point, 10-
... Last year she was named to the Florida               rebound effort against UNF ... It was her second
Sportswriters Association All-Class 5A third team.       straight double-double ... She followed that with a
                                                         23-point effort against FAMU on 8-12 shooting (66.7
Shantia Grace Named To Weekly BIG EAST                   percent) and 7-10 shooting (70 percent) from the
Honor Roll                                               charity stripe ... She also had three steals against
   Shantia Grace was named on Dec. 3 to the BIG          the Rattlers ... Her 23 points was her fourth 20-
EAST Conference women's basketball weekly honor          point outing in her last six games.
roll for the week ending Dec. 2, 2007 ... It is the
first such honor for a USF player this season ...        USF Picked To Finish Ninth In Preseason
Grace averaged 23 points per game in helping the         BIG EAST Coaches Poll
Bulls to a 2-0 record ... She also averaged four            Despite the loss of more then 60 percent of its
rebounds, four assists and three steals per outing       offensive production off last year's team, USF still
in the two games ... She poured in a career-high 29      found itself picked near the middle of the pack in
points including 20 points in the first half against     this season’s BIG EAST Conference preseason
in-state rival Florida International on Nov. 29 in       coaches poll ... The Bulls were picked by the
Miami ... In doing so, she was 5-15 from the floor       league's coaches to finish ninth this season with
in the first stanza against the Golden Panthers and      105 points ... Connecticut was picked to win the
7-8 from the charity stripe ... She also dished out      league while Rutgers is slated to finish second ...
a season-high six assists in the win ... Grace fol-      West Virginia (186), Pittsburgh (169) and Notre
lowed her career-high with a 17-point outing             Dame (165) round out the top five ... Louisville
against the Peahens on Dec. 1 in 40 minutes of           (154), DePaul (152) and Marquette (124) are sixth,
action.                                                  seventh and eighth respectively and Seton Hall
                                                         (93) rounds out the top 10 ... The rest of the poll
    Shantia Grace earned her second BIG EAST             is as follows: 11. St. John's (93), 12. Villanova (77),
Conference women's basketball weekly honor roll          13. Syracuse (61), 14. Cincinnati (49), 15.
selection for the week ending Dec. 23, 2007 ... It       Providence (36), 16. Georgetown (20).
is the third time this season that a member of the
team has earned the honor and it is Grace's second

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                                 Women’ s Basketball Roster
 NUMERICAL
 No.            Name                                 P              Ht.            Yr.                                    Hometown/Last School/High School
 1              Daiane Packer                       G               5-9            Sr.                  Jundiai, Brazil/Trinity Valley CC/Colegio Percepcao
 2              Gianna Messina                      G               5-6            Fr.                              Tampa, FL/Academy of the Holy Names
 3              Shantia Grace                       G               5-6            Jr.                                             Sarasota, FL/Riverview HS
 4              Jazmine Sepulveda                   G               5-9            Jr.             Brooklyn, NY/Kirkwood CC (IA)/Abraham Lincoln HS (NY)
 11             Porche Grant                        F               6-2            So.                           Oxon Hills, MD/Academy of the Holy Cross
 12             ChiChi Okpaleke                     F              5-11            Sr.                                            Tampa, FL/Tampa Bay Tech
 20             Ashley Sanders                      F               6-0            Jr.              Miami, FL/Miami Dade College Kendall/Miami Senior HS
 21             Caitlyn Mitryk                     G/F              6-1            So.                                           Lake Mary, FL/Lake Mary HS
 23             Jessica Lawson                      C               6-3            Jr.                                   Edgewood, FL/California/Jones HS
 24             Lonnie Terrell                     F/G              6-1            Fr.                                                 Detroit, MI/Inkster HS
 32             Brittany Denson                     C               6-3            Jr.                       Winter Haven, FL/Miami (FL)/Winter Haven HS
 42             Melissa Dalembert                   F               6-3            So.                                               Miramar, FL/Miramar HS

 ALPHABETICAL
 No.            Name                                 P              Ht.            Yr.                                    Hometown/Last School/High School
 42             Melissa Dalembert                   F               6-3            So.                                               Miramar, FL/Miramar HS
 32             Brittany Denson                     C               6-3            Jr.                       Winter Haven, FL/Miami (FL)/Winter Haven HS
 3              Shantia Grace                       G               5-6            Jr.                                             Sarasota, FL/Riverview HS
 11             Porche Grant                        F               6-2            So.                           Oxon Hills, MD/Academy of the Holy Cross
 23             Jessica Lawson                      C               6-3            Jr.                                   Edgewood, FL/California/Jones HS
 2              Gianna Messina                      G               5-6            Fr.                              Tampa, FL/Academy of the Holy Names
 21             Caitlyn Mitryk                     G/F              6-1            So.                                           Lake Mary, FL/Lake Mary HS
 12             ChiChi Okpaleke                     F              5-11            Sr.                                            Tampa, FL/Tampa Bay Tech
 1              Daiane Packer                       G               5-9            Sr.                  Jundiai, Brazil/Trinity Valley CC/Colegio Percepcao
 20             Ashley Sanders                      F               6-0            Jr.              Miami, FL/Miami Dade College Kendall/Miami Senior HS
 4              Jazmine Sepulveda                   G               5-9            Jr.             Brooklyn, NY/Kirkwood CC (IA)/Abraham Lincoln HS (NY)
 24             Lonnie Terrell                     F/G              6-1            Fr.                                                 Detroit, MI/Inkster HS

 Head Coach: Jose Fernandez (Florida International '94, Eighth year at USF)
 Associate Head Coach: Jeff Osterman (Siena '92, Third year at USF),
 Assistant Coaches: Shalon Pillow (Tennessee '02, Third year at USF), Jaida Williams (Cal State Poly Pomona '05, Second year at USF)
 Director of Basketball Operations: Andy Christensen (USF '06, Second year at USF)




 Pronunciations                 By Class                        By State                        By Height                       By Position
 Melissa Dalembert              Seniors (2)                     Florida (8)                     6-3 Melissa Dalembert           Guards (4)
 Melissa Dal-em-bert            ChiChi Okpaleke                 Melissa Dalembert                    Brittany Denson            Shantia Grace
 Shantia Grace                  Daiane Packer                   Brittany Denson                      Jessica Lawson             Gianna Messina
 Shan-TEE-uh Grace              Juniors (5)                     Shantia Grace                   6-2 Porche Grant                Daiane Packer
 Porshe Grant                   Brittany Denson                 Jerssica Lawson                 6-1 Caitlyn Mitryck             Jazmine Sepulveda
 Por-shuh Grant                 Shantia Grace                   Gianna Messina                       Lonnie Terrell             Forwards (4)
 Gianna Messina                 Jessica Lawson                  Caitlyn Mitryck                 6-0 Ashley Sanders              Melissa Dalembert
 Gee-ahn-uh Mess-ee-nuh         Ashley Sanders                  ChiChi Okpaleke                 5-11 ChiChi Okpaleke            Porche Grant
 Caitlyn Mitryk                 Jazmine Sepulveda               Ashley Sanders                  5-9 Daiane Packer               ChiChi Okpaleke
 Kate-lin Mit-rick              Sophomores (3)                  Maryland (1)                         Jazmine Sepulveda          Ashley Sanders
 ChiChi Okpaleke                Melissa Dalembert               Porche Grant                    5-6 Shantia Grace               Center (2)
 Chee-Chee O-pahl-uh-kay        Porche Grant                    Michigan (1)                         Gianna Messina             Brittany Denson
 Daiane Packer                  Caitlyn Mitryk                  Lonnie Terrell                                                  Jessica Lawson
 Dee-Ahn-yeah Packer            Freshmen (2)                    New York (1)                                                    Guard/Forward (1)
 Jazmine Sepulveda              Gianna Messina                  Jazmine Sepulveda                                               Caitrlyn Mitryck
 Jazz-min Sep-uhl-vay-duh       Lonnie Terrell                                                                                  Forward/Guard (1)
                                                                By Country                                                      Lonnie Terrell
                                                                Brazil (1)
                                                                Daiane Packer


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