LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville coach Jeff Walz asked Shoni Schimmel, a prolific long-range shooter, to become more aggressive and drive the ball inside.
Schimmel did just that against No. 11 Colorado on Saturday and wound up with a season-high 30 points, including 13 on 16 free throws, in No. 7 Louisville's 69-62 win over the Buffaloes.
"She shot more free throws today than she has all season," Walz said. "We've been talking to her about being more aggressive, to take the ball to the basket and not always pulling up for jump shots. She did that tonight.
Schimmel who secured the win for the Cardinals (12-1) in the close game. Neither team led by more than six until Louisville broke it open with a 7-0 run to go up 53-46 with 6:42 left.
Colorado (9-1) chipped away at the lead. Brittany Wilson's layup with 24 seconds left cut the gap to 65-62.
Schimmel sank two free throws to go up 67-62. The Buffaloes couldn't convert on the next possession and Schimmel's layup sealed the victory.
In last year's 70-66 win over Louisville, Colorado held Schimmel to four points.
"I watched the game clip and I worked on things that would help me for today's game," Schimmel said.
When Louisville's outside shots weren't falling - the Cardinals were 1 of 10 from 3-point range - it went inside, scoring 30 points in the paint.
"What really hurt is today was dribble penetration," Colorado coach Linda Lappe said. "It was tough for us to guard (Schimmel) at times."
Lexy Kresl led Colorado with 17 points.