No. 1 UConn routs No. 3 Louisville, 68-48

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 3, 2014 at 10:45 pm •  Published: March 3, 2014
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Louisville Cardinals remain steadfast in their belief that they can beat UConn.

They might get another chance in a week in the American Athletic Conference tournament championship game if both make it that far.

The third-ranked Cardinals played UConn tough for about 15 minutes before the top-ranked Huskies took over en route to a 68-48 victory Monday night.

"We know we're capable of beating them," said Sara Hammond. "I think if there's any team in the country, I think we're the most capable because we've played them so many times."

Shoni Schimmel, who had nine points but was 1-for-6 from the three-point line, echoed the sentiment.

"We're going to get them one time, I promise you that," she said. "Whether it be a conference championship game, or a national championship game, whatever it may be we're going to get them."

Told of Schimmel's declaration, UConn's Breanna Stewart responded: "She said she was going to get us, but we just won the conference. If we see them in the conference tournament, which we might, I think it's going to be a difficult game again. But I'm glad I play on this team."

Louisville has a lot to improve on if the Cardinals plan to back up their conviction.

Like many UConn opponents this season, the Cardinals (28-3, 16-2 American Athletic Conference) have yet to find a winning formula against the Huskies (31-0, 18-0), who beat Louisville in last year's national title game. UConn has won 14 straight since Louisville won the series' first meeting in 1993.

Louisville's home loss was its first since falling 73-62 to South Florida on Feb. 20, 2013. It spoiled the home finale for four Cardinals seniors including Gibbs — who had a team-high 16 points.

Hammond added 12 points as the Cardinals' five-game win streak was snapped.

UConn meanwhile extended its win streak to 37, the third longest in school history.

As in previous matchups with Louisville, Stewart was the playmaker. The forward had a team-high 22 points and 14 rebounds.

The Huskies outrebounded the Cardinals 47-30, outscored them 15-2 on second chance baskets. UConn also scored 18 points off 16 Louisville turnovers.

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