No. 4 Louisville women survive Temple, 60-50

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 12, 2014 at 10:01 pm •  Published: February 12, 2014
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville missed free throws, turned the ball over and struggled to find a rhythm.

The No. 4 Cardinals won in spite of all that but also seemed eager to start working toward proving that they're better than what they showed Wednesday night against Temple.

One player especially determined to move on was senior guard Shoni Schimmel, whose 21 points helped Louisville hold off Temple 60-50.

Though Louisville (24-2, 12-1 American Athletic Conference) bounced back from a loss Sunday to No. 1 Connecticut, sloppy play throughout resulted in its lowest scoring total this season. The Cardinals shot 40 percent from the field (22 of 55), made just 12 of 26 free throws and committed 11 turnovers, a combination that left the door open for Temple up to the final minute.

The Cardinals survived only because their performance was markedly better than the Owls (12-12, 6-7), who couldn't take advantage because of their own ragged play featuring 17 turnovers, 1-of-9 free throw shooting and 38 percent shooting from the field.

"We got lucky with this one because we missed so many free throws," said Schimmel, who went 6 of 10 from the line including two with 19 seconds left to seal the game. "We were just talking about, how do you miss free throws? It was just weird for us. We thought they were going in but they just didn't.

"Coach (Jeff) Walz told us we were lucky for pulling this one out, because against a good team we're going to lose because we don't make free throws. Hopefully, we'll get in the gym and make free throws."

Asia Taylor had 14 points and 12 rebounds while Antonita Slaughter added 12 points as Louisville swept the season series.

Tyonna Williams' 12 points and Erica Covile's 10 rebounds led Temple, which had won its previous two games. The Owls' consolations were outrebounding Louisville 41-40 and outscoring its bench 18-6, but they just couldn't get needed baskets down the stretch and continually blew chances at the foul line that could've made it closer.

"When you're playing a team like Louisville and have opportunities and don't capitalize, it's disheartening," Temple coach Tonya Cardoza said. "We had a lot of easy opportunities that missed."

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