Laksa scores 25, No. 22 USF women whip Arkansas St 98-55
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Kitija Laksa scored 13 of her 25 points in the first quarter, Laura Ferreira and Shae Leverett had double-doubles, and No. 22 South Florida rolled to a 98-55 win over Arkansas State on Friday night.
Ferreira had 14 points and 10 rebounds, Leverett 13 and 10. Maria Jespersen scored 19 points for the Bulls (3-0) and reached 500 career rebounds. Alba Prieto had 12 points and Laia Flores 11 assists.
South Florida scored the first nine points and made its first eight shots, capped by back-to-back 3-pointers from Laksa, to lead 19-5. The Bulls added a 9-0 run and led 30-10 after one quarter. Laksa had three 3s and USF was 10 of 17 from the field while the Red Wolves were 3 of 13.
Arkansas State shaved six points off the deficit in the second quarter but USF dominated the second half, especially the fourth quarter. The Bulls went 12 of 23 in the last 10 minutes and Arkansas State was 2 of 16.
Akasha Westbrook had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Arkansas State (1-2) but the Red Wolves were outrebounded 56-36.