USF women knock off No. 12 Louisville
USF women's basketball, needing a signature win to upgrade their NCAA Tournament resume, picked up a huge upset on the road Wednesday night, knocking off No. 12 Louisville 73-62 behind 35 points from senior guard Andrea Smith.
The Bulls (18-7, 7-5 in Big East) beat the second-highest ranked opponent USF has ever beaten, one spot behind a win against No. 11 DePaul in 2005.
Smith matched her career high with 35 points, going 5-for-6 on 3-pointers and 11-of-16 overall, helping the Bulls build a 15-point lead in the second half. USF had nearly beaten the Cardinals in Tampa earlier this month but saw a nine-point second-half lead disappear in the closing minutes.
USF stepped up its defense Wednesday -- Cards star Shoni Schimmel, who had scored 38 points in the first meeting, had to settle for 16 points on 6-of-20 shooting. The Bulls won despite 23 turnovers, including 12 by senior Andrell Smith.
The Bulls have a shot at another ranked opponent Saturday when they play host to No. 23 Syracuse, with another home game against No. 3 Connecticut looming on March 3. USF needs to pick up road wins at Rutgers (5-7 in Big East) and/or Georgetown (4-8) to help their chances at just the second NCAA Tournament appearance in the program's history.