With just four days until the unveiling of the Women’s March Madness bracket the University of South Florida Bulls are ready to celebrate the culmination of a successful regular season and move on to the high-pressure stakes of the postseason. It’s been a heck of a year for the Bulls, finishing with an impressive 26-7 overall record and notching a 13-3 record within the American Conference, good for second in the conference behind perennial women’s power UConn. Indeed, it was the Huskies of UConn who beat USF in the American Athletic Conference Tournament championship to cap off their undefeated regular season. The Huskies have had USF’s number all season long, as they were responsible for 3 of the 7 losses the Bulls suffered this year. Bulls fans everywhere will be hoping that whatever part of the bracket the team ends up on, that it will be far away from UConn.
Speculation abounds over what seed the Bulls will garner themselves, with the common belief being that it will fall somewhere in the 3-5 seed range. Their strength of schedule is not all that impressive, finishing with the 74th most difficult schedule in D1 Women’s hoops, but they are currently ranked #19 in the country and are led by Senior forward Maria Jespersen who has picked up her play significantly down the stretch. This season has been another impressive notch on the belt of Coach who has now been at the helm for 18 seasons, turning the program into a perennial contender. After the tournament selections becomes official on Tuesday, Fernandez will have led his team to March Madness for a school-record 4 seasons in a row.
While the skill necessary to routinely make the tournament can’t be understated, it goes without saying that Fernandez and his team will be wanting to make a deeper run than they have in previous seasons. Despite his rock-solid consistency, Coach Fernandez has yet to lead the Bulls past the second round of the tourney. However, many analysts seem to believe that this USF team is poised to break into the Sweet 16, and maybe even beyond.
As the selections draw nearer and nearer USF’s players, coaches, and fans will be waiting in anticipation to see when and where they will be slotted — and once that’s figured out, the real fun begins!