Women's hoops: USF up next

By Greg Auman, Times Staff Writer
Published February 16, 2008

USF vs. No. 5 Rutgers

When/where: 7; Sun Dome, Tampa

TV/radio: Catch 47; 1010-AM

Records: USF 12-11, 2-8 Big East; Rutgers 19-4, 9-1

Notable: USF is offering tickets for $3 as part of the NCAA's "Think Pink" campaign, with all proceeds going to Susan G. Komen for the Cure to aid awareness in the battle against breast cancer. ... Rutgers hasn't played since a controversial 59-58 loss at No. 1 Tennessee in which the Vols hit two free throws off a foul that later was shown to be called after the clock should have expired. ... The Scarlet Knights have won 25 straight against unranked teams. ... Rutgers returns nearly everyone from last season's national runnerup team, with sophomore guard Epiphanny Prince leading the team with 14.3 points per game. ... Three key Rutgers starters - guard Matee Ajavon, forward Essence Carson and center Kia Vaughn - are all-conference caliber players, while USF has to hope for a big game from guard Shantia Grace, who has averaged 31 points in her past two games. ... The Bulls knocked off then-No. 25 DePaul in their last home game then let Cincinnati snap an eight-game losing streak against them last weekend.