COLUMBUS, Ohio — Freshmen Beatriz Jordao had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Sydni Harvey scored 16, leading No. 22 South Florida to a 71-47 romp over Ohio State in the season opener for both teams Tuesday night.
All-American candidate Kitija Laksa also had 17 points for the Bulls but she was 4-of-16 shooting while Jordao was 8 of 9 in her debut.
The Buckeyes, one of just three teams to have to replace all five starters, as well as their top six scorers, was led by Carly Santoro, a Bowling Green graduate transfer. Dorka Juhasz, a 6-foot-4 freshman from Hungary, had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Jordao had seven points, making all three of her shots, and six rebounds in the first quarter as the Bulls raced to a 21-11 lead in the first quarter.
Ohio State shot just 30 percent, going 3 of 19 from 3-point range. The Buckeyes were 12 of 21 from the foul line and were outrebound 48-32. USF was 24 of 29 from the line with Harvey and Laksa both making 7 of 8.