Dec. 29, 2013
Louisville's 71-51 win over SMU was the first conference game for the Cardinals as a member of the American Athletic Conference.
The Cardinals are now 19-14 all-time in conference openers since joining the Metro Conference for the 1981-82 season.
Head coach Jeff Walz is now 5-2 in conference openers during his time with Louisville.
Louisville evens the series with SMU at 1-1. The Mustangs won the first meeting 71-54 in the Coors Classic in Boulder, Colo. on Nov. 29, 1996.
The Cardinals improve to 10-0 at the KFC Yum! Center this season, while owning a 48-6 all-time record since the KFC Yum! Center opened in 2010. The 10-0 start at home is the fifth best home record to start a season. o 2006-07: 17-0 o 2000-01: 13-0 o 2008-09: 12-0 o 1990-91: 12-0 o 2013-14: 10-0
Louisville held SMU to 19 second half points, which is the sixth time this season holding an opponent to less than 20 points in a half.
The Cardinals improve to 13-1 with a victory over SMU, which is tied for the second best 14-game start in school history. The best start in the first 14 games of a season was 14-0 during the 2006-07 season and the best start before suffering the second loss of the season was 19-1 during the 2008-09. o 2006-07: 14-0 o 2013-14: 13-1 o 2008-09: 13-1
Louisville's 24 second half points against SMU were the fewest scored in a half this season. The previous low was 25 in the first half against Florida State.
The Cardinals recorded their lowest steal total of the season with only six against SMU.
Louisville finished with two players recording double-doubles (Sara Hammond: 14 points, 10 rbs., Bria Smith: 13 points, 11 rbs.) for the first time since Dec. 31, 2012 when Hammond and Sherrone Vails accomplished the same feat against Tennessee State.
Junior Sara Hammond recorded her third double-double of the season and 12th of her career finishing with 14 points and 10 rebounds against SMU.
Hammond tied her season-high for field goals made in a game, finishing with seven against SMU. She also tied her season-high for blocks with two.
Junior Bria Smith finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds recording her first double-double of the season and the third of her career. Smith's 11 rebounds are also a career-high for her, having pulled down 10 twice in her career.
Senior Shoni Schimmel poured in 18 points against SMU pushing her career total to 1,738, which moves her into fourth place on the career points list passing Monique Reid and Kristin Mattox. She needs 68 points to surpass Jazz Covington for third on the list.
Schimmel's 18 points against SMU continues her double figure scoring streak to 12 straight games this season. The 12 games is the longest streak of double-digit points for her since her 21-game streak during her freshman season.
Freshman Emmonnie Henderson tied her career-high in free throws made with two against SMU.