Feb. 27, 2012
South Orange, N.J. - Shawnta' Dyer scored a career-high 22 points and No. 20\17 Louisville defeated Seton Hall 63-53 on Monday night in Walsh Gymnasium. Becky Burke added 17 points, Asia Taylor tied a career-high with 12 rebounds and Shoni Schimmel scored seven points dished out seven assists for the Cardinals (21-8, 10-6 Big East), who have won four of their past five games.
The Cardinals started the game with an 8-0 run while holding the Pirates scoreless for almost the first six minutes of the game. Seton Hall missed its first seven shots before scoring its first basket at the 14:13 mark of the half. Schimmel scored five straight points late in the first half to give Louisville a 29-17 lead with 3:04, the largest lead of the game. The Pirates converted a three point play in the final seconds to cut the lead to 30-21 at the break.
Louisville finished the half shooting 39.1 percent from the field and a 44.4 percent from behind the arc. Seton Hall finished the first half shooting 23.3 percent from the field and 22.2 percent from behind the arc. The Pirates held a slight 22-20 rebounding edge over the Cardinals.
The Cards used an 8-0 run midway through the first half to take a 47-29 with 11:51 remaining for the largest lead of the game. The Pirates cut the lead to 55-43 with a three-pointer from Terry Green, with 3:48 left to play. The basket sparked a 9-0 run by Seton Hall to cut the lead to eight with just over two minutes to play. Louisville responded with a layup by Dyer and two free throws by Bria Smith to give the Cards a 59-49 lead with 1:25 remaining. The Pirates scored two straight baskets to cut the lead to eight again but the Cardinals hit their foul shots at the end to seal the victory.
Louisville finished the game shooting 43.2 percent from the field and 28.7 from behind the arc. Seton Hall shot 29.9 percent from the field and 20 percent from behind the arc. Louisville finished with a 39-37 rebounding advantage. Jasmine Crew had 20 points, Terry Green added 15, while Tajay Ashmeade grabbed 13 rebounds for Seton Hall (8-22, 1-15).
The Cardinals earned a first round bye in the BIG EAST Tournament. The BIG EAST bracket will be out posted later tonight following all the league games.