Despite a career day for Andrell Smith, the USF Bulls were handed their second loss of the season on Saturday, 91-74 against the Creighton Bluejays on the final day of the Caribbean Classic. Smith grabbed a career-best 12 steals and 27 points in the loss.
The Bulls (9-2) led 11-10 with 14:47 left in the opening half, but Creighton responded with a 10-2 run.
USF managed to pull even with the Bluejays (8-2) when an Andrea Smith jumper made it 27-all at the 4:06 mark. A Sarah Nelson bucket again put Creighton out in front, and the Bulls found themselves down 42-32 at the half.
The Bulls could not cool the Bluejay offense after the break, as Creighton shot 60.7% from the floor in the second half on the way to 55.9% for the game. The Bluejays were just as accurate from long range, knocking down 55.2% from three-point land.
The Smith twins led the USF offense, as Andrell recorded her second double-double of the season on 11-of-19 shooting, while Andrea posted 22 points. Inga Orekhova also finished in double digits with 12 points.
Nelson was nearly perfect for Creighton, shooting 12-of-14 from the floor on her way to a game-high 29 points. The Bluejays’ 91 points were the highest for any opponent against the Bulls this season – coming into the day, USF had held the opposition to just 50.9 points per game.
USF returns home on Saturday, as the Bulls look to hit the double-digit win mark when they host FAMU at 2 p.m.