UConn defeats Louisville

By on April 10, 2013

By Sam Draut–

The University of Louisville women’s basketball team’s magical tournament run ended in the NCAA National Championship game with a 93-60 loss to the UConn Huskies.

The 29-9 Cardinals lost to the all too familiar foe Tuesday night in New Orleans.  Louisville is 0-13 against UConn since joining the Big East, including a loss in the 2009 National Championship game.

In an NCAA tournament where the Cardinals had gone against the trends, statistics, and logic, the final game played out in a convincing manner for the 35-4 Huskies.

Louisville led 14-10 with 13:00 in the first half, but UConn then ran off a 19-0 run to take control of the game.  The Cardinals went into half down 48-29.

In the second half, UConn remained in control, shooting 63 percent from the field.  Louisville cut the deficit to 16 twice, but UConn continued to respond.

Even with the most lopsided game result in championship game history, the fifth seeded Cardinals run remains remarkable.

“The run we went on was remarkable and something I’ll always remember.  We’re walking out with our head high and proud of what we’ve done,” U of L head coach Jeff Walz said.

Louisville defeated the No. 1 overall seed Baylor in the Sweet 16, led by legend Brittany Griner, then beating a national powerhouse Tennessee, and finally defeating another two seed California.

Shoni Schimmel had shined throughout the tournament, but only finished with nine points and four rebounds on 3 of 15 shooting against UConn.

Sara Hammond led Louisville with 15 points and five rebounds, the only Cardinal to score in double digits.

Bria Smith finished with seven points, six assists, and four rebounds.

UConn outrebounded Louisville 44-28, scoring 16 off of second chance points.

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Photo Austin Lassell/The Louisville Cardinal

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