LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Andrea Smith tied a career high with 35 points and USF upset No. 12 Louisville 73-62 Wednesday night, boosting its NCAA Tournament hopes.
Louisville was the second-highest ranked team the Bulls have beaten in their history, after a 2005 win over No. 11 DePaul.
"You have an opportunity to beat the No. 12 in the country and now we've got four games left. This one helps your RPI a little bit, doesn't it?" USF coach Jose Fernandez said.
Smith, who had been in a shooting slump, made 11 of 16 shots, including 5 of 6 3-pointers, as USF avenged a 78-75 loss on Jan. 30 to the Cardinals.
"Andrea Smith came out and said, 'You know what, I've had two bad games. I have to step up and do something,' and she did," Fernandez said.
Inga Orekhova had 13 points and Akila McDonald had 10 rebounds to help the Bulls to a 43-34 edge on the boards.
USF (18-7, 7-5 Big East) led 24-22 at halftime and scored the first six of the second half. Louisville (21-6, 9-4) cut it to 30-27 on an Antonita Slaughter three-point play, but Smith and Orekhova answered with back-to-back jumpers, and the Cardinals got no closer from there.
USF shot 47 percent (25-of-53), 60 percent (15-of-25) in the second half.
Shoni Schimmel scored 16 for Louisville, which shot a season-low 30 percent (19-of-62) and made 4 of 19 3-pointers.
"We didn't come to play, unfortunately," Louisville coach Jeff Walz said. "We talked to the players about the importance of this game for us and for them. They're playing for their lives, and we came out the first four minutes of the game and just didn't show up. We didn't follow a scouting report at all. …
"We got embarrassed tonight."
TAMPA 68, SAINT LEO 63, OT: Illyssa Vivo had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the visiting Spartans (15-8, 5-8 Sunshine State), who won in overtime after Teresa Manigrasso's 3-pointer tied it at 57 for the Lions (12-12, 7-7) in regulation.
ECKERD 59, FLA. SOUTHERN 47: Annie Armstrong had 14 points for the host Tritons (12-10, 8-6 SSC), who never trailed.
NO. 7 PENN ST. 95, ILLINOIS 62: Maggie Lucas had 22 points, backcourt mate Alex Bentley had 20 to lead the host Lions (22-3, 12-1 Big Ten).
INDIANA 62, NO. 22 PURDUE 61: Jasmine McGhee had 26 points and hit the winner with a second left as the host Hoosiers snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Boilermakers (19-7, 8-5 Big Ten).
TCU 64, NO. 23 OKLA. ST. 63: Delisa Gross hit the winner with 1:04 left as the host Horned Frogs closed the game on an 11-0 run to upset the Cowgirls (18-7, 7-7 Big 12).
NO. 8 SYRACUSE 84, PROVIDENCE 59: James Southerland had 20 points and Michael Carter-Williams had 15 points and 12 assists as the Orange (22-4, 10-3 Big East) won its 38th straight home game, Division I's longest active streak.
NO. 9 KANSAS 68, NO. 14 OKLA. ST. 67, 2OT: Naadir Tharpe hit a short jumper in the lane with 16.5 seconds left in the second overtime, and the visiting Jayhawks (22-4, 10-4 Big 12) got revenge on the Cowboys (19-6, 9-4), who snapped their 33-game home winning streak this month.
NO. 11 G'TOWN 90, DEPAUL 66: D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera had 33 points, most by a Hoya this season, and host Georgetown (20-4, 10-3 Big East) won its eighth straight.
NO. 18 OHIO ST. 71, MINN. 45: Deshaun Thomas overcame a slow start to score 19, and the host Buckeyes (19-7, 9-5 Big Ten) used a 16-0 second-half run to recover from a 71-49 loss at Wisconsin.
NO. 19 WISCONSIN 69, N'WESTERN 41: Jared Berggren and Ben Brust scored 12 each to help the visiting Badgers (19-8, 10-4 Big Ten) to their fifth win in six games.
NO. 21 MEMPHIS 81, HOUSTON 74: Adonis Thomas scored 22, Chris Crawford had a career-high 13 rebounds and the visiting Tigers (23-2, 12-0 C-USA) won their 17th straight game.
MARSHALL 82, UCF 70: Elijah Pittman had 20 points and the visiting Thundering Herd shot a season-high 54.2 percent (32-of-59) to pull away from the Knights (17-9, 7-5 C-USA).
SAINT LEO 62, TAMPA 49: Marcus Ruh had 21 points for the host Lions (19-5, 11-3 Sunshine State), who split the season series with the Spartans (16-10, 3-10). Ruh was named the Division II Academic All-America of the Year. The senior guard has a 4.0 GPA as a business administration major and is the team's leading scorer (16.5).
ECKERD 85, FLA. SOUTHERN 75: Darrien Mack had 27 points and 14 rebounds for the host Tritons (16-6, 9-5 SSC), who avenged an earlier loss and won their third straight.
NO. 5 FLORIDA: Junior Damontre Harris was arrested Wednesday morning for failure to appear in court on a traffic citation. Harris, who transferred from South Carolina last fall and is redshirting this season, was cited July 16, 2012, for driving without a valid Florida license. Harris, who is from Fayetteville, N.C., has never had a license issued in Florida, state officials confirmed.
EX-LONGHORN HURT: Former Texas standout Gary Johnson is expected to make a full recovery after suffering a skull fracture and being put into a medically induced coma following a game with his professional team in Israel.
Times staff writer Antonya English contributed to this report.