Andrell and Andrea Smith's jersey numbers mirror each other.
Their faces do too.
How often do people confuse them? "All the time," they both said simultaneously.
That's because Andrell and Andrea are twins. The guards are also the two best players on the USF women's basketball team.
This season, the sisters rank 1-2 on the team in points, rebounds and steals. "I think that we're better together, and I think that we know that," said Andrell. Since growing up in Lakeland, they have always been on the same team.
That's what made last season so tough. Andrea tore her ACL. Andrell played without her best friend for the first time. "I cried all the time," Andrell said. "It means everything to have her there."
Their playing styles are a bit different. Andrea is more of a shooter and scorer. Andrell plays a more defensive all-around game.
Both sisters claim the other one is the better player. "She can play both sides of the ball," Andrea said of her twin.
Andrell disagreed. "Andrea is starting to play defense when she never did before."
Who is the smarter sister? Again, they humbly point to each other.
"I think we balance each other out," said Andrell.
Both agree Andrell is the better dancer. She used to take dance classes as a kid, but when she didn't want to go, she would send Andrea. Pretending to be each was a common trick they pulled in high school. "It kind of got us in trouble," Andrea said. "Our dad was an administrator at the school so that wouldn't go over so well when we got home."
They can always build on these off-the-court stories, but as basketball teammates, they're partnership will likely end in a few weeks when both twins wrap up their senior seasons.
"Wherever we decide to go, we'll still be close," said Andrea.
Both twins have graduated from USF with communications degrees. They would like to one day work with children. No surprise, they hope to work side by side.
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