WBB: USF upsets 12th-ranked Cards

U of L head coach Jeff Walz says his team didn't provide "Louisville effort" in the Cardinals 73-62 upset loss to USF on Wednesday evening at the KFC Yum! Center.

Facing a South Florida (18-7, 7-5) team competing for it's post season life, the 12th-ranked University of Louisville Cardinals struggled from the tip and fell 73-62 to the Bulls.

Behind a career-high 35 points from guard Andrea Smith, the visiting Bulls raced to an early first half lead and never surrendered.

Louisville (21-6, 9-4)used a 9-0 run to trim the USF lead to 24-22 at the half, but that was as close as they could get for the rest of the game.

In front of 8,201 at the KFC Yum! Center, the Cardinals shot a season low 30% from the field, while the Bulls shot 47%, including a blistering 50% (8-16) from beyond the three-point arc.

Schoni Schimmel led the Cardinals with 16 points. Sara Hammond recorded her second consecutive double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Louisville returns to action on Sunday afternoon at Villanova, with a 2:00 p.m. tip-off.