By Tom Zebold
USF Senior Writer
A loss certainly fueled Andrell Smith’s fire to succeed Sunday afternoon.
Smith went 4-for-7 from 3-point range and scored a game-high 18 points to lead the USF women’s basketball team to a 60-52 victory over Minnesota in the Bulls’ finale at the WBI Tip-off Tournament in Daytona Beach.
Smith scored 12 points Saturday night in a 65-61 overtime loss to Arkansas and wanted to do more to ensure USF of its first victory of the season in three tries Sunday.
“I was upset with the games before and I knew that I had to come ready to play because I wanted to get a win for my teammates, myself and my coaching staff,” said Smith, who added seven rebounds Sunday.
Three other Bulls finished in double figures including Jasmine Wynne, who scored 12 points and added a team-high five assists, on the way to earning all-tournament status. Kaneisha Saunders also scored 12 points and Caitlyn Rowe chipped in with 11.
“I really enjoy coaching this bunch,” head coach Jose Fernandez said. “Coming back from that loss last night was tough.”
USF grabbed a 21-17 lead at halftime after holding Minnesota to a 19 percent field goal percentage. Minnesota (1-2) ended up shooting 26 percent from the floor.
“They just came back and were mentally prepared for that shoot around,” Fernandez said. “I was very pleased with the effort defensively.”
USF began the tournament with a loss to No. 13 FSU on Friday in a game the Bulls were close through most of the second half. All three of the Bulls’ opponents this weekend were BCS programs.
“This was a great tournament to start the season,” Fernandez said. “We learned about ourselves.”
The next game on the Bulls’ schedule is 7 p.m. Tuesday against North Florida in their home opener at the USF Recreation Center.