IOWA CITY — The Louisville women’s basketball team overcame a slow start to roll past 14-seed Idaho, 88-42, last night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Cardinals trailed Idaho, 6-2, five minutes into the first half, but that lead soon dissipated when junior Jude Schimmel came in to help take her team on an 8-0 run. Louisville didn’t trail the rest of the game.
“Jude’s our spark coming off the bench. I think everyone on our team knows that,” said junior forward Sara Hammond. “Jude came in and set the tone on defense and I think that’s what really started our run.”
Schimmel ended with 14 points, just behind Hammond who led the Cardinals with 16 points.
“We have great shooters on our team,” Hammond said. “I think once we get our offense flowing and reversing the ball and getting everyone moving, that opens up things. And I think it’s hard for defenses to really narrow down who their going to pick to cover because you can’t leave any of us open.”
Louisville shot 71 percent in the second half and only had nine turnovers the entire game. While the Cardinals’ offense was sharp, it was their defense that won them the game.
“I thought our kids did a really good job of putting ball pressure,” said Louisville Coach Jeff Walz. “A lot of that led to turnovers. When you’re able to get 32 points off 18 turnovers, that’s normally going to lead to a good night for you."
Senior Shoni Schimmel pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds, scoring her first double-double of the season by adding 10 points.
“Coach Walz always tells us we have to rebound especially in postseason play because that’s how you survive, is rebounding, defending, and taking care of the ball,” Shoni said. “I took it kind of personal because I want to win.”Louisville will play Iowa at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.