USF started the year out by hammering Ohio State in Columbus (71-47) and Albany at home (74-37). However, in the 4th quarter of the Bethune-Cookman game (Final 88-39), already up by 40, Kitija Laksa, a leading All-American candidate and their top scorer, came down funny and suffered a season ending knee injury (ACL).
Some of you might remember Laksa setting an NCAA record last season by hitting 11 consecutive 3 pointers in a game at Tulane. She also led the nation last year in free throw percentage, hitting 111 of 115 for 96.5%. Big loss.
All looked fine last Sunday, when Laura Ferreira stepped up with a career high 34 points in an 87-70 beating of Oklahoma.
Today, Kitija's absence was mightily felt as Kentucky outscored #17 USF 24-8 in the second quarter and USF hit 1 of their last 12 attempts from three. The Cats were pretty much dominant the entire game, though.
Kentucky had 4 players in double figures led by Rhyne Howard with 18 points. Taylor Murray had 17 points, Jaida Roper 13, and Keke McKinney had 10.
Freshman Syndi Harvey led USF and all scores with 19 points. Another freshman, Beatriz Jordao had 13, and Laura Ferreira had 10.