Schimmel sisters lead No. 7 Louisville past EKU

Associated Press Modified: November 28, 2012 at 10:47 pm •  Published: November 28, 2012
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Jude Schimmel is beginning to step out of her sister's shadow at Louisville.

The sophomore reserve scored a career-high 12 points Wednesday night in the seventh-ranked Cardinals' 76-42 victory over Eastern Kentucky.

Her older sister Shoni, the Cardinals' scoring leader and a preseason Wooden Award candidate, also had 12 points.

Jude Schimmel's scoring breakout came two games after a career-high seven assists in a win against Oregon State. One of the Cardinals' best ball handlers even as a freshman, Louisville coach Jeff Walz has worked to add another facet to her game.

"Now that teams know how well she can pass the ball, they're going to make her finish now," Walz said. "I thought she did a really good job of that tonight."

Shoni Schimmel had all the accolades coming out of high school in Mission, Ore., and her picture now adorns billboards across the city but its her sister who had the game-winning steal and score in the Cardinals' opener against then-No. 15 Texas A&M.

Walz calls Jude his best option coming off ball screens due to ability to get low and change speeds and she has shown considerable growth in her second year after averaging 1.7 points as a freshman.

"The biggest thing for me was the adjustment from high school to college," Jude Schimmel said. "I've had to adjust to the strength and the speed of the game."

That awareness has made her more self-assured and a legitimate weapon on a deep Louisville bench.

"My biggest improvement is probably my confidence and my mentality on the game. I'm more positive and I just come ready."

Monique Reid added 11 points as all 11 players scored for the Cardinals (8-0), who started slow before overwhelming the Lady Colonels.

Jade Barber had 11 points and 10 rebounds to lead Eastern Kentucky (3-3), and Jalisa Bryant added 10 points, all in the first half.

Two 3-pointers by Bryant gave EKU a 6-0 lead as Louisville was scoreless for the first 3:47.

Bria Smith hit the first of two free throws to get the Cardinals on the scoreboard, starting a 19-0 run before Bryant's third 3-pointer of the half pulled the Lady Colonels to 19-9 with 8:36 remaining in the opening half.

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