Shoni Schimmel handles the ball.
Feb. 11, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Becky Burke made eight of Louisville's school-record 18 3s and scored a career-high 28 points, and the No. 20 Cardinals beat Syracuse 89-62 on Saturday.
Burke tied a team record with her 3s. The senior had been scoreless in her last two games.
Shoni Schimmel added six 3s as Louisville (18-7, 7-5 Big East) stopped a three-game losing streak. She had 20 points and a season-high 10 assists. The Cardinals broke the previous school mark of 14 3-pointers. Asia Taylor added 12 points and nine rebounds for Louisville.
Kayla Alexander had 20 points and 12 rebounds for Syracuse (15-11, 4-8). Louisville held reigning Big East player of the week Iasia Hemingway to just two points, well under her season average of 16.5 a game.
"We did a nice job of not allowing her to get the ball," said Louisville coach Jeff Walz.
Louisville hit a scorching 58.1 percent of its threes on 31 attempts. Walz singled out Schimmel's crisp passes as key to the Cardinals' outside prowess. "We finally got the ball to our shooters' hands when they were open. Normally, we're a second late."
The Cardinals came out hot, opening the game on a 20-4 run that saw Taylor net seven straight points and Burke make her first two 3s, one in each corner on consecutive possessions.
"After I hit my first three, I think everybody kind of gave a sigh of relief," said Burke, a 10.7-point scorer coming into the game, of coming out of her recent slump. Burke would sink two more in the opening 20 minutes as Louisville hit nine of 16 from three in the first half.
Louisville led 43-23 with 5:05 left in the half after two Shawnta' Dyer layups before Syracuse chipped away at the lead to trail 51-40 at the half.
The Orange cut the lead to single digits on the second half's opening basket, a jumper from Elashier Hall. It was the closest they would come the rest of the way as Burke drilled two more threes to start the Cardinals' half.
Burke hit her seventh three from the right corner at the 4:37 mark and tied the record with 3:12 remaining to put Louisville up 84-60.
"I just kept shooting and the crowd was great," she said. "It was a really good time overall."
Schimmel summed up her teammate's performance.
"She was killing," Schimmel said of Burke.
Walz said Syracuse's 2-3 zone allowed for open looks, especially early, but didn't blame Orange coach Quentin Hillsman for not switching his defense.
"What are the odds we're going to go 18 of 31 from the three-point line," a smiling Walz said after the game.
Louisville started the game with two Schimmel free throws before the opening tip after the Orange were assessed a technical foul for having their starting lineup in late.
Syracuse had won three of the past four meetings between the schools. Louisville travels to Pittsburgh, winless in the Big East this season, on Tuesday before returning home to face No. 2 Notre Dame on Feb. 20.