(Quick recap) USF falls short of Sweet 16 game with loss to UCLA

Only one point separated the Bulls from leading against UCLA with 4:47 left, but USF’s 2015-16 season ended in Los Angeles after a 72-67 loss during the second round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament

The Bulls nearly fought back from both a 7-0 deficit to start the game and a 40-24 halftime score, but never changed the UCLA lead and were eliminated before the Sweet 16 for the fourth time in program history.

USF held UCLA to a near-three minute scoring draught with 33 seconds left, but a controversial call by the referees allowed the Bruins a possession after Shalethia Stringfield attempted to save a play from going out-of-bounds.

With both teams out of timeouts, the Bruins went 7-for-8 from the free throw line as USF made only one of their last three field goal attempts.

First-team all-conference players Courtney Williams and Alisia Jenkins combined to earn 52 points and 18 rebounds. Williams scored 23 of her 29 points in the second half.

UCLA maintained stout defensive pressure throughout the night, earning 10 steals and outrebounding the Bulls 51-42.

USF finished

the 2015-16 campaign with a 24-10 record.

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