Women’s basketball defeats USF 79-59

By on February 3, 2014

A week ago, Shoni Schimmel set the record for made three point field goals in a game.  As fifth ranked Louisville took on USF, Tia Gibbs did her best for an encore.

Gibbs hit four 3 pointers in a five minute span early in the second half as Louisville defeated USF 79-59.

Gibbs finished with 19 points and shot 5 of 7 from three after missing her first three field goal attempts.

“As a shooter you hate it when you miss your first two- the first one is ok, but definitely the first two,” Gibbs said. “That was my thing, just keep shooting, and my teammates kept telling me to keep shooting and that they’d start falling.

As a team, the Cardinals started off slow, shooting just 1 of 12 from the field through the first five and a half minutes, but held USF to seven points during the slow start.

“We got good shots. That’s part of the thing that I’m not concerned about. I thought we had very good shots they just weren’t going in, but we continued to defend,” U of L head coach Jeff Walz said. “I keep telling our kids, that if we keep guarding somebody we’re going to be okay, because eventually we start to make some shots.”

Louisville finished the final four minutes of the first half on a 13-0 run, which extended their lead to 45-28 at halftime.

“We got beat in transition on two of them. I was like, `we just got to make sure we stop getting beat in transition.’ And once we did that – I think we actually started with a three in the second half, it was a 16-0 run, that kind of put things away,” Walz said.

Sara Hammond scored 12 points and pulled down eight rebounds.  Asia Taylor added eight points and ten rebounds.

Shoni Schimmel finished with 14 points, her 21st consecutive game scoring in double digits.

With Bria Smith limited to just 18 minutes due to foul trouble, Jude Schimmel efficiently ran the offense with six assists and no turnovers.

“The biggest thing for me is that I’ve accepted my role as a point guard,” Jude Schimmel said. “My goal is really to just be the leader on the floor. I accept that and I embrace it to the fullest potential.”

The 22-1 Cardinals travel to UCF on Tuesday looking to extend their 15-game winning streak.

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