Around the American: USF pulls off OT thriller


USF squares off against UConn in a game from last season (File Photo/The Daily Campus)

This past weekend was another winning one for many teams in the American Athletic Conference.

UConn beat Temple 106-45 on Sunday at the XL Center in Hartford. Junior Katie Lou Samuelson scored 27 points in the game.

UConn( 26-0, 13-0 AAC) has never lost an AAC regular-season or tournament game. In Sunday’s game the Huskies never trailed.

A more exciting game played within the conference was USF’s 77-68 overtime win against UCF.

USF’s Kitija Laksa and Maria Jespersen combined for 53 points in the game on Sunday. Jespersen scored 21 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for her 15th double-double of the season. Laksa scored 32 points. It was her fourth 30 point outing this season.

The game was USF’s (22-5, 11-2 AAC) seventh straight victory.

In overtime, USF scored 15 points and held UCF (17-9, 9-4 AAC) to just six points.

USF plays next on Wednesday against Houston.

This past weekend Houston (20-7, 9-4 AAC) defeated ECU 97-81.

Houston hit the 20-win mark for the twelfth time in program history.  It was the first time the program has hit the mark since the 2010-2011 season.

Houston’s Angela Harris scored a career high 32 points in the game. Houston’s Jasmyne Harris also scored 21 points for her 15th game this season with at least twenty points.

A blowout game within the conference was Cincinnati’s 78-41 rout of Tulsa on Saturday.

It was the largest margin of victory for UC in an AAC game in its five seasons in the league. Cincinnati (16-10, 8-5 AAC) has now won three straight games.

UC’s senior Ana Owen’s had 13 points and four assists in the game.

Next up, Cincinnati heads to Temple on Wednesday for another AAC game.

Mariana Dominguez is a staff writer for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at

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