After trailing by three at the half, Shoni Schimmel’s 3-pointer gave Louisville a 32-30 lead with 16 minutes left. Hammond followed with a three-point play moments later to extend the advantage. St. John’s hung around over the next 11 minutes and trailed 54-50 after Nadirah McKenith’s free throws with 3:11 left.
That’s as close as the Red Storm (18-12) would get as the Cardinals scored the next four points to put the game away.
Shenneika Smith scored 19 points to lead St. John’s, which hopes it’s done enough to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. The Red Storm are hosting the first two rounds.
McKenith left the game with less than a minute left after getting hit in the head. She was helped off the court.
St. John’s trailed 15-2 as Louisville hit five of its first six shots. The Cardinals then went cold from the field and Smith got hot. She scored 12 straight points as the Red Storm went on a 22-6 run to close the half.
Louisville missed 24 of its final 27 shots in the first half, including going 0 for 11 from behind the arc. The Cardinals shot 63 percent (17 for 27) in the second half.
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