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USF Bulls women fall 75-71 to No. 2 Notre Dame in overtime

USF guard Andrell Smith leaps to intercept a pass to Notre Dame’s Whitney Holloway in the first half. Smith, whose twin Andrea tied her career high with 33 points, scored 15 before fouling out.


USF guard Andrell Smith leaps to intercept a pass to Notre Dame’s Whitney Holloway in the first half. Smith, whose twin Andrea tied her career high with 33 points, scored 15 before fouling out.

TAMPA — One shot away from the biggest win in school history, the USF women took No. 2 Notre Dame to overtime in the Sun Dome on Tuesday night, but the Fighting Irish escaped with a 75-71 victory.

USF (11-3, 0-1 Big East) got a huge night from senior guard Andrea Smith, who matched a career high with 33 points, including a 3-pointer and basket in the final three minutes to force overtime. Smith had a chance to win in regulation, but her layup with nine seconds left was blocked by All-American guard Skylar Diggins.

"I thought South Florida was fantastic. They did everything they needed to do," said Irish coach Muffet McGraw, whose team knocked off then-No. 1 Connecticut on Saturday. "We came out a little flat and they jumped on us early. … They are a really good team. They should be ranked in the top 25. They're a very, very good basketball team."

USF led briefly in overtime, but the Bulls went 1-for-7 in the extra period and Notre Dame (13-1, 2-0) went 8-for-10 at the line. Senior guard Andrell Smith, who had 15 points, fouled out with 4:27 left, and McGraw said she thought the Bulls would have won had she stayed in the game.

The announced attendance was a season-high 2,077.

Diggins had 19 points, six assists and five blocks, with forward Natalie Achonwa scoring a team-high 20 and guard Jewell Loyd finishing with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Andrea Smith finished 13-of-37 from the field, with 11 rebounds.

"We had the ball with 12, 13 seconds left in front of our bench and a shot to win it. What more can you ask for against the No. 2 team in the country," coach Jose Fernandez said. "I'm really proud of this group. You're playing in the best league in the country."

NO. 5 STANFORD 62, NO. 7 CAL 53: Chiney Ogwumike scored 26 as the visiting Cardinal (14-1, 3-0 Pac-12) pulled away from the Golden Bears (12-2, 2-1) for its 81st straight win against a conference opponent.

NO. 15 LOUISVILLE 66, RUTGERS 57, OT: Antonita Slaughter hit a 3-pointer to open overtime and finished the extra frame with six of her 10 points for the host Cardinals (13-3, 1-1 Big East).

NO. 21 OKLA. ST. 76, NO. 17 KANSAS 59: Liz Donohoe scored 24 for the host Cowgirls (12-2, 1-2), who never trailed the Jayhawks (11-3, 2-1) and bounced back from two Big 12 losses.

NO. 23 COLORADO 67, UTAH 57: Chucky Jeffery had a season-high 28 points, added 12 rebounds and sparked a 20-3 run midway through the second half that gave the host Buffaloes (12-2, 1-2 Pac-12) the lead for good.

SUMMITT FOUNDATION: Pilot Corporation founder Jim Haslam II will chair the Pat Summitt Foundation's advisory board. Haslam is the father of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Browns owner Jimmy Haslam.


NO. 1 DUKE 68, CLEMSON 40: Quinn Cook scored a career-high 27 for the host Blue Devils (15-0, 2-0 ACC), who held the Tigers to 10 first-half points, their lowest-scoring half in 12 years.

NO. 10 MISSOURI 84, ALABAMA 68: Jabari Brown hit a career-high five straight 3-pointers after an early miss and Phil Pressey rebounded from a shaky first half with 11 points and 13 assists, leading the host Tigers (12-2) in their SEC debut.

NO. 13 CREIGHTON 91, DRAKE 61: Ethan Wragge matched career highs with 22 points and six 3-pointers for the host Bluejays (15-1, 4-0 MVC), who won their ninth straight game.

NO. 15 OHIO ST. 74, PURDUE 64: Deshaun Thomas scored 22 to lead the visiting Buckeyes (12-3, 2-1), who rebounded from their first Big Ten loss by shooting 56.4 percent from the field.

PITT 73, NO. 19 G'TOWN 45: The Panthers shot 55 percent from the field to dominate the Hoyas (10-3, 0-2 Big East), who shot 35 percent and lost by more than 20 points at home for the first time in 13 years.

NO. 3 LOUISVILLE: Sophomore forward Chane Behanan will miss up to 10 days with a left high ankle sprain sustained Monday.

IONA: Junior forward Shawn Jackson will not return to the team this semester.

OBITUARY: Patsy Sutton, the matriarch of a family of coaches, died in Tulsa, Okla., from a stroke suffered in December. She was 74. Mrs. Sutton was the wife of Hall of Fame coach Eddie Sutton and the mother of Oral Roberts head coach Scott Sutton and assistant Sean Sutton, who succeeded his father at Oklahoma State before joining his brother.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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