TAMPA – Sophomore forward Laura Ferriera made her first Sun Dome appearance on Sunday against Memphis since being sidelined with a torn plantar fascia and scored 19 points while nabbing six boards. USF’s starters remained healthy until five minutes left in the game, when freshman forward Kitija Laksa injured her right ankle while driving to the basket.
“We’re limping our way into the NCAA Tournament,” Fernandez said. “That’s the feeling.”
Laksa is listed as questionable for Saturday’s game against Temple
The Bulls already dealt with the absence of Jenkins from six games this season with an ankle injury. Her first home game back from injury happened days before Ferreria’s.
Several players made contributions off the bench for their injured teammates. One of those players, junior guard Trimaine McCullough, played her first game this season at SMU in January after she tore her ACL against UCF last year.
By the time USF had their rematch against Memphis this past weekend, she was back in a brace and crutches. Fernandez said McCullough was out for the season after reinjuring her knee during practice.
His team clinched a first-round bye after defeating Tulsa in Oklahoma on Wednesday.
“You look back eight to nine years ago, I couldn’t withstand one injury,” Fernandez said. “We’ve had three. That’s just a credit to where the program is and the depth.”
USF will play their senior day game on Saturday against Temple. The ceremony will begin at 1:30, and tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.