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USF women upset No. 17 Georgetown

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Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 06:25 PM
TAMPA -

Leondra Doomes-Stephens had a career-high 25 points and 13 rebounds, Andrea Smith scored 24 points, and South Florida beat No. 17 Georgetown 60-55 Monday night.

Doomes-Stephens shot 5 for 7 on 3-pointers en route to her first career double-double, helping the Bulls (12-18, 3-13 Big East) beat a ranked opponent for the first time since a win against then-No. 25 DePaul on Feb. 5, 2008.

"I felt that every time I shot the ball I always thought it was going to go in (tonight)," said Doomes-Stephens, who was honored on Senior Night. "But we finally played together with pride and we finally played 40 minutes as a team."

Sugar Rodgers, averaging a team-leading 18.5 points per game coming in, had just 10 points on 4-for-11 shooting from the field for the Hoyas (21-9, 9-7). Rubylee Wright led Georgetown with 12 points and Tia McGee added nine.

Georgetown shot just 35 percent from the field, a big contrast to when the Hoyas hosted the Bulls on Feb. 8 and dominated in a 67-38 win. South Florida shot just 23 percent in that game, with no Bulls player scoring in double digits. In the rematch, the Bulls were at 40 percent (19 for 47).

"That was the only game this year where we were out of place and not on our game," South Florida coach Jose Fernandez said. "We answered the bell tonight."

South Florida was playing without leading rebounder Porche Grant, who was suspended two games by coach Jose Fernandez for making an obscene gesture to opposing fans in the final minute during a loss to Rutgers on Feb. 23.

Doomes-Stephens has picked up the slack the past two games, including 19 against Villanova on Feb. 26.

"Those (senior performances) are what storybooks are made of," Fernandez said. "With that type of game, the story writes itself, so obviously, we gave (Doomes-Stephens) the game ball tonight."

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