March 6, 2011
Box Score |
Hartford, Conn. -
Shoni Schimmel scored 13 points, while Monique Reid added 12 points and 13 rebounds to lift Louisville to a 69-47 win over Villanova on Saturday night in the second round of the BIG EAST Championship Presented by American Eagle Outfitters. The Cardinals (20-11) will play third-seeded Notre Dame on Sunday in the quarterfinals at 8:00 p.m. on ESPNU. Laura Sweeney scored 16 points and Lindsay Kimmel added 14 to lead the Wildcats (12-19).
The game got off to a slow start with neither team finding an offensive flow early. The Cardinals had an early 5-0 run led by Schimmel to take a 14-7 lead with 9:45 remaining. Villanova responded with a 3-pointer from Kimmel on the next possession. That sparked a 12-0 Cardinal run which was capped by a 3-pointer from Becky Burke, putting the Cards up 26-10 with 5:28 left to play in the half.
Villanova was able to stop the drought with a layup by Sweeney on the next Wildcat possession. Both teams traded baskets until freshman Antonita Slaughter was able to score on a layup in the final seconds to give Louisville a 33-18 lead at the break.
Louisville finished the first half shooting 43.8 percent from the field and 30 percent from behind the arc. Villanova shot 33.3 percent from the field and just 18.2 percent from behind the arc. Louisville outrebounded Villanova 22-12.
The Cardinals started out the second half on a 10-0 run, taking a 43-18 lead at the 18:10 mark. Villanova responded with an 8-0 run of their own, cutting the Cardinal lead to 43-26 with 16:16 remaining in the game. Once again the Cards would respond with a 12-0 run to take a 55-26 lead at the 12:18 mark.
Villanova was able to cut the lead to 19 (62-43) with 2:28 left to play. Charmaine Tay scored on a layup, Slaughter scored on a tip in and Shelby Harper hit a 3-pointer to push the lead back to 24 (69-45) with 25 seconds remaining. Villanova hit two foul shots in the final seconds for a final score of 69-47.
Louisville finished the game shooting 39.3 percent from the field and 35 percent from behind the arc. Villanova shot 34.7 percent from the field and 24.1 percent from behind the arc. The Cardinals outrebounded the Wildcats 48-24.