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USF women rally for OT but fall to 2nd-seeded Cal

University of South Florida guard Andrea Smith, left, steals the ball from California center Talia Caldwell during the first half of Monday's second-round game in the women's NCAA college basketball tournament, played in Lubbock, Texas.

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University of South Florida guard Andrea Smith, left, steals the ball from California center Talia Caldwell during the first half of Monday's second-round game in the women's NCAA college basketball tournament, played in Lubbock, Texas.

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Down 10 points with a minute left in regulation, USF's women's basketball team rallied to force overtime but saw their NCAA Tournament run end there with an 82-78 loss to second-seeded California on Monday night in Lubbock.

USF trailed 68-58 with a minute to play, but rallied, getting three free throws by Inga Orekhova with 0.7 seconds left to tie the game. In overtime, the Bulls fell behind and had the ball with a shot to tie, but turned it over with 19 seconds left.

Senior guard Andrea Smith had 24 points in her final college game, and Orekhova scored 22, including the key free throws at the end of regulation. Andrell Smith, also playing in her last game, had 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

The Bulls (22-11) -- who earned their first-ever NCAA Tournament win on Saturday against Texas Tech -- led late in the first half, but saw Cal (30-3) end the half on a 12-3 run, leading until the final second of regulation.

Here's a link to our full story from Lubbock ...

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 9:45am]

    

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