Sunday, February 2, 2014
Monday Cardinal Couple -- Cards bombard Bulls 79-59
MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
- Four in double figures in 20-point WBB win
Louisville used a 13-0 close to the first half to gain control and led by as many as 26 before defeating USF Sunday afternoon in the KFC YUM! Center.
Tia Gibbs sank (4) second half threes and finished with 19 points to lead all scorers. Shoni Schimmel added 14 and Sara Hammond and Nita Slaughter finished with 12 points each for Louisville. Asia Taylor's eight points and 10 rebounds helped Louisville improve to 22-1.
It took the Cards awhile to pull away from USF. A slow start, where Louisville was 1-10 to begin the game, had the scoreboard showing 10-7 Louisville after Taylor sank two free throws with 13:31 left in the first half. USF wasn't going away quietly...Sara Hammond's free throw with 9:34 in the game gave the Cards a 18-14 edge.
Shoni gathered her first score of the game after a jumper put Louisville up 22-16 and Tia Gibbs first trifecta of the contest had Louisville leading 28-18 with 6:24 on the clock.
A technical on the Louisville bench seemed to spur USF with 5:10 to go and the Bulls down 32-22. They scored six points in the next minute and Inga Orekhova's "3" made it 32-28 with four minutes to play.
USF would get no closer the rest of the way. Threes from Shoni and Nita pushed the lead back to ten. Three Shoni free throws increased the Cardinal lead to 41-28 and two free throws each from Nita and Tia gave the Cards a 45-28 margin with 10 seconds left in the half.
The Cards had capitalized on 12 USF turnovers to score 21 points and Nita was leading the way with 12 points on 4-7 shooting.
Shoni's third three got the second half off to a great start and then it was Tia time. Her second three of the game set the tally at 51-35 with 17:20 remaining. She connected from beyond the arc again with 15:40 showing to push UofL ahead 54-37. She connected again from the deep to give Louisville a 59-39 cushion with 13:16 to play and her fourth three of the half gave the Cards a 62-39 margin.
Emmonnie Henderson inside provided Louisville a 66-43 gap with 9:46 showing. The Bulls would outscore the Cards 16-13 the rest of the way...narrowing the gap to 18 before a Megan Denies long-ball set the score to 79-58 with 33 seconds left in the game.
THE FINAL WORD
Louisville drained 11 threes in the contest and shot 72% from the charity stripe. The slow start is almost something we've come to expect out of UofL as of late...but 20 assists on 25 made baskets is something to point to with a little pride.
The Cards (22-1) forced USF into 20 turnovers while committing only 11. No Card saw more than 32 minutes in the game (Shoni) and the UofL bench outscored the Bulls 23-9. USF did outrebound the Cards 42-39.
It was a usable win, if a bit uneven at times...against a squad that has much more potential than their 11-10 record would indicate. Orekhova nailed four threes against the Cards and Akila McDonald grabbed 11 rebounds against the Louisville front line.
Jose Fernandez, USF head coach, did not make the trip to Louisville...hospitalized with intestinal trouble after the Houston game earlier this week.
The Cards return to action Tuesday night in Orlando against UCF.