Women's hoops: USF up next

By GREG AUMAN, Times Staff Writer
Published January 19, 2008

USF at Seton Hall

When/where: 2 p.m.; Walsh Gymnasium, South Orange, N.J.

Radio: 1010-AM

Records: USF 10-7, 0-4 Big East; Seton Hall 12-3, 2-1

Scouting report: As if a five-game losing streak and being in last place in the conference standings weren't trouble enough, coach Jose Fernandez has injury problems. Guard Shantia Grace, USF's leading scorer at 16.8 points per game, played only six minutes of the loss Tuesday to Providence because of a sprained ankle, but she's healthy and will start. Three regulars did not travel because of injuries: center Brittany Denson, who has been the team's best post player in recent weeks, and guard Gianna Messina and forward Ashley Sanders, who have averaged 5.4 and 2.2 points, respectively, off the bench. The Bulls will need the old Jessica Lawson to show up - the one who was sixth in the Big East in scoring three weeks ago. Seton Hall has one of the league's top frontcourt players in 6-foot-3 forward Noteisha Womack, averaging 11.3 points and a Big East-best 12.1 rebounds. It's a balanced Pirates attack, with four players scoring between 10 and 12 points per game. The Bulls face a tough stretch, with three of the next four on the road, including games at Connecticut and Louisville.