At this point of the USF basketball program's exhibition tour of Spain, the men's and women's respective fortunes have mirrored those recently experienced in their own continent.
The women, likely a preseason top-25 pick this fall, earned their second victory in as many days Wednesday in Guadalajara with a 117-55 annihilation of CREF HOLA, a Spanish club team. The men fell to 0-2 with a 90-71 loss to the Angola National Team, ranked 16th in the latest FIBA ratings.
Sophomore Maria Jespersen and freshman sharpshooter Kitija Laksa scored 22 each Wednesday for the Bulls women. A 6-foot Latvia native who astounded practice observers in Tampa with her accuracy, Laksa finished 8-for-12 from the floor, hitting three of her six 3-point tries.
Senior All-America candidate Courtney Williams had 18, while freshman Laura Ferreira totaled 12 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Williams, an Associated Press honorable mention All-American last season, also scored 18 in Tuesday's 73-56 victory against C.R.E.F., another club team.
Limited to eight players, the Bulls men took an early 8-5 lead against an older, larger Angola lineup before eventually trailing by as many as 22.
The Bulls shot 48 percent from the field but committed 21 turnovers. SG Nehemias Morillo led USF with 16 points, while freshman PG Jahmal McMurray scored 13. Slimmed-down PF Jaleel Cousins had nine points and nine rebounds.
On Tuesday, the Bulls led the Venezuela National Team by five entering the fourth quarter before falling, 68-60. PG Roddy Peters, a Maryland transfer who sat out last season, led USF with 12 points and six assists.
USF is missing Gonzaga graduate transfer Angel Nunez, who has practiced with the team but hasn't been cleared to play; and Penn State transfer Geno Thorpe, who must sit out the 2015-16 season per NCAA rules. SG Troy Holston Jr. is recovering from a torn ACL.
Both teams will spend the next two days traveling and sightseeing before resuming play Saturday in Barcelona.