Fernandez: 'It's April and we're still playing'

Six teams are still playing in women's college basketball, and USF coach Jose Fernandez is proud to have one of them, as his Bulls are playing in Saturday's Women's NIT Championship at Kansas after getting their fourth straight win Wednesday at Boston College.

"It's April and we're still playing," said Fernandez, whose team will continue a weeklong road trip, flying directly from Boston to Kansas today to prepare for Saturday's tipoff at 2 p.m. ET. "To have 26 wins is a great season, and our players are excited. I'm really happy for them."

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Playing Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse will present a tougher road challenge for the Bulls -- Boston College drew just 702 fans for Wednesday's game, while Kansas had 8,360 for its semifinal against Illinois State. The Jayhawks' biggest wins this season have come at home, beating Baylor, Iowa State and Iowa in the regular season and getting three home wins in the WNIT.

"Going to Kansas will be one of the biggest crowds we've had all year," Fernandez said. "St. Bonaventure had an unbelievable atmosphere, but at Boston College, the crowd wasn't a factor, though it's still on the road."

Kansas has the Big 12's No. 2 scorer in 5-11 guard Danielle McCray, a 43 percent 3-point shooter, and a solid rebounder in 6-5 center Krysten Boogaard. The Jayhawks were worst in the Big 12 in turnover margin, a statistic that has been one of USF's strengths this season.

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