Winning Weekend for the Dons

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Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams are off to undefeated starts. How long can these runs last? YANNICK PETERHANS/FOGHORN

The USF men’s and women’s basketball teams were victorious in their 2018-19 season home openers this past weekend at War Memorial Gymnasium.

 

Women’s basketball returned to the Hilltop on Nov. 9 as USF hosted the San Jose State Spartans. Senior Shannon Powell scored a trio of 3-pointers in the third quarter and finished with a game-high 17 points. A few of the team’s international stars, Marta Galic, Lucija Kostic and Julia Nielacna, also netted double digits in their Dons debuts.

 

The first quarter proved demanding for USF as the Spartans’ full-court press made it difficult for the Dons to find open shooters and get easy baskets. Opposition simmered down in the second quarter as the Dons held the Spartans to a mere four points before taking a 16-point lead at the half. USF squashed a second-half Spartans comeback and coasted to an 85-63 win over their Bay Area neighbors.

 

The men’s team tipped off on Nov. 10 as the Dons battled the University of Maine Black Bears.

 

Freshman guard Marianna Klavina leads the Dons offense in transition during the Dons’ 85-63 opening night victory against San Jose State. YANNICK PETERHANS/FOGHORN

 

The Dons struck early, going on a 10-0 run in the first three minutes of the first half. They never took their foot off the gas as the Dons led the Black Bears 44-20 going into halftime. The first six minutes of the second half saw the Dons put up 20 points while holding the Black Bears to 4 points. Though a timeout helped the Black Bears find their footing, their efforts worked to no avail as the Dons ignited their offense and decimated the Black Bears 93-50.

 

Redshirt sophomore Charles Minlend led both scoring and rebounds, ending his night with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Freshman Trevante Anderson served as the playmaker of the game, rounding off his night with a game-high 4 assists. Senior Frankie Ferrari shot 4-8 in field goals and finished the game with 13 points.

 

Looking ahead, the men’s team will play one of their biggest games of the season on Nov. 16 as the Dons host the Arizona State University Sun Devils. Women’s basketball returns to War Memorial on Nov. 18 when they battle the California Polytechnic State University Mustangs.

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