Taylor, Schimmel lead Louisville over Temple

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 1, 2014 at 6:18 pm •  Published: January 1, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Louisville coach Jeff Walz has a simple recipe for success — take care of the basketball.

Fortunately for Walz, his team has enough talent to win a lot of games even when it struggles with turnovers.

Asia Taylor scored 18 points and Shoni Schimmel added 15 to help No. 7 Louisville beat Temple 77-68 on Wednesday for its seventh straight victory.

In the previous six wins, Louisville averaged 12 turnovers. The Cardinals reached that total in the first 16 minutes against the Owls.

"That's really our Achilles' heel," Walz said. "When we turn the basketball over we're a pretty good team still. We're not as good a team as we can be."

Both teams struggled with turnovers at the start of the game, but Temple wasn't really able to convert Louisville's miscues into points.

The Cardinals led 19-17 with just under 5 minutes left in the half before Schimmel took over. She had six straight points to help the Cardinals close with a 12-4 run for a 31-21 lead at the break.

It only got worse from there for the Owls.

The Cardinals (14-1, 2-0 American Athletic Conference) scored the first nine points of the second half. Schimmel had 10 points and Taylor six during Louisville's 21-4 run that spanned halftime and made it 40-21 with 18:02 left.

Temple (7-5, 1-1) got within 77-68 with 16 seconds to go, but that's as close as the Owls could get.

"They were the better team," Temple coach Tonya Cardoza said. "We turned the basketball over and let them get offensive rebounds. When you're playing against the seventh ranked team you can't have mistakes like that. You can't make careless mistakes."

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