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By ROD GIPSON
© St. Petersburg Times, published December 15, 2000
TAMPA -- After a nine-day stretch saw the women's basketball team play five games and manage just one win, USF had a week off to prepare for Saturday's game at Miami.
The enthusiasm of a 64-49 win over Jacksonville has been tempered with losses last week to Ball State, Indiana and Florida Atlantic and leaves the Bulls 2-6.
However, USF and acting coach Jose Fernandez enter Saturday's game coming off one of its better performances. The Bulls fell 52-47 to Indiana but played well. "I was really pleased with the girls' effort against Indiana," Fernandez said. "I was very pleased with a Big Ten team coming into our building and for us playing as well as we did defensively. It gave a good note to work really hard this week to go down to Miami and take on a Big East Conference opponent. With a performance like that, we're really excited."
USF's lineup still will be limited. The Bulls won't have freshmen Sarah Lochmann and Rochelle Cherry until January while point guard Melissa Tape has been slowed by a hyperextended elbow. Sophomore center Ashley Teets bruised a knee against the Hoosiers but expects to play.
Miami is 2-3 and coming off a 78-48 loss to Florida International.
MEN'S BASKETBALL: Junior forward B.B. Waldon, last week's conference player of the week, remains among the league's offensive leaders. Waldon, who was knocked unconscious minutes into USF's game against Texas but returned to lead the Bulls to a win, is averaging 17 points a game, fifth in the league.
Teammate Altron Jackson is second in C-USA in scoring at 20.9 points per game.
Meanwhile, by virtue of wins over Florida State and No. 25 Texas, USF received four votes in the latest Associated Press poll. The listing, among other teams receiving votes, is the first for USF (4-3) this season.
And if you're counting, it brings the Bulls in as the No. 53 team in the country.
The Bulls received one vote in the USA Today/ESPN poll and remain the 77th ranked team in the country according to the Dunkel Index, a computer-based ranking system that takes into consideration recent performance and strength of schedule.