LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Southern Methodist guard Keena Mays came into the game against No. 7 Louisville tops in the American Athletic Conference in scoring at nearly 21 points a game. As a team, the Mustangs were averaging 76 points.
Mays and her team didn't come close to reaching either mark.
Mays was held to seven points and SMU shot just 35 percent from the field in a 71-51 loss to the Cardinals in the teams' conference opener. Akil Simpson led the Mustangs (9-3, 0-1) with 14 points while Kiara Perry added 13.
Shoni Schimmel scored 18 points, Sara Hammond had 14 points and 10 rebounds for her third double-double of the season, and Louisville (13-1, 1-0) got its sixth straight win.
Schimmel made four of the team's five 3-point shots, and Bria Smith added 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Mustangs coach Rhonda Rompola wasn't surprised by Louisville's focus on stopping Mays.
"They did what we expect every team to do leading up to this game," Rompola said. "To be honest, I'm really amazed we've gone this long and teams haven't doubled down. They are going to double her. They are going to face guard her. When teams do that, the rest of our team has got to step up offensively."
Mays finished 3 of 13 from the field including 1 of 6 from three point range. Mays had three assists and three turnovers as the Mustangs shot just 27.6 percent in the second-half (8 of 29).
"Our goal was to try to limit her touches as much as we could and I thought we did an outstanding job of that," Louisville coach Jeff Walz said. "She's a very explosive player who averages about 20 a night. We didn't want her to get scoring early and get going and build some confidence."