Oct. 30, 2011
Louisville, Ky. - The ninth ranked Louisville women's basketball team defeated Lindsey Wilson 118-41 in exhibition play on Sunday afternoon in the KFC Yum! Center. The Cardinals finished the game with six players scoring in double figures led by sophomore Cierra Warren with 18 points and six rebounds. Freshman Shawnta' Dyer contributed 16 points and nine rebounds, scoring 12 of her points in the second half. Freshman Sara Hammond and junior Tia Gibbs finished with 11 points, while freshmen Bria Smith and Jude Schimmel ended with 10 points apiece. The Blue Raiders were led by Monny Niamke with 15 points.
The 118 points were the most ever in a game for the Louisville women's basketball team.
The Cardinals forced the Blue Raiders to turn the ball over 29 times and held them to just 27.1 percent from the field, while the Cards shot an impressive 61.4 percent. Louisville took advantage of its height, outrebounding the Blue Raiders 53-19.
Louisville jumped out to a 14-5 lead just three minutes in with dominant play in the paint by Warren and a 3-pointer by junior guard Shelby Harper. Using two different five-player rotations to start the game, the Cardinals switched their entire lineup at the 15:30 mark, keeping fresh legs on the court to keep up the strength of their press.
Lindsey Wilson's Kasey Litzinger ended a 12-2 Louisville run with a 3-pointer to make the score 26-10. Louisville responded with back-to-back baskets by Gibbs and a three by Shoni Schimmel to pull ahead by 21 points.
The full-court press produced 14 Lindsey Wilson turnovers which the Cardinals turned into 26 points to lead by as many as 39 points in the half. Newcomers Warren and Smith led Louisville at the break with 10 points and eight points respectively.
The two teams traded baskets on the first four possessions of the second half. Then the Cardinals' pressure began to wear the Blue Raiders down. Louisville continued to build on the lead, holding the Blue Raiders without a field goal in the final nine minutes of the game. Ashley Franklin's layup with 9:01 remaining was the final field goal for the Blue Raiders. Louisville took advantage in those nine minutes for a 22-6 run to finish the game.
The Cardinals will begin the regular season on Nov. 13 at Missouri State for a 3:05 tipoff.