USF women advance with 72-44 win over TempleTemple head coach Tonya Cardoza reacts during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against South Florida in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference women's basketball tournament, Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) -- Inga Orekhova scored 22 points to help third-seeded South Florida beat six-seed Temple 72-44 on Saturday night in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament.
Courtney Williams added 12 points for the Bulls (19-11), who will face No. 3 Louisville in the semifinals on Sunday.
Both teams got off to sluggish starts and USF only led 21-17 with 4:36 left in the first half before closing the opening 20 minutes with a 15-2 run. Orekhova had nine points during the burst and helped South Florida lead 36-19 at the half.
Temple (14-16) couldn't mount any real charge in the second half to close the gap.
Feyonda Fitzgerald scored 20 points to lead the Owls. She was just 5 for 20 from the field.