LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Wright State got out of their game plan and the bigger, better Louisville squad took advantage.
Shoni Schimmel scored 17 points, including five 3-pointers, and the No. 7 Cardinals cruised to a 99-40 win over Wright State on Saturday night in their first game since Antonita Slaughter was diagnosed with a season-ending blood clot in her lung.
"We stopped reversing the ball," Raiders coach Mike Bradbury said. "You can't just play on one side of the floor against them. They're a little bigger than us. We played North Carolina State, James Madison, we've played some good people. You can neutralize that size if you reverse the ball."
The Raiders (7-3) average 83 points a game, but were stymied by the Cardinals' staunch defense. Wright State shot 23 percent overall — 18 percent in the first half — and made six of 26 three-pointers.
Kim Demmings, the Horizon League Preseason Player of the Year, had four points on 2-of-15 shooting, well below her average of 24, which ranks 10th in the nation.
Tay'ler Mingo led the Raiders with 15 points. Tayler Stanton had a team-high nine rebounds.
Sara Hammond and Asia Taylor added 12 points apiece for the Cardinals (9-1), who shot 56 percent from the field.
The Cardinals took control with a 14-4 run in the first half and continued to extend their advantage.