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Schimmel leads Louisville women over Villanova
Saturday, Mar 3, 2012

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP)—Shoni Schimmel scored 15 of her 20 points in the first half and No. 20 Louisville beat Villanova 63-47 on Saturday night in the second round of the Big East tournament.

Asia Taylor added 13 points for the Cardinals (22-8), who will face No. 18 St. John’s in the quarterfinals on Sunday.

Leading 38-33 early in the second half, Louisville went on a 22-8 run over the next 13 minutes to take control. Taylor got the burst started with back-to-back layups. Then Shawnta’ Dyer took over scoring seven of her nine points during the spurt. Bria Smith capped the run with a 3-pointer that made it 60-41 with 3:53 left.

A back and forth first half saw Villanova take a 29-26. After the Wildcats committed a foul with 2.9 seconds left, Schimmel hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to tie the game at 29.

Laura Sweeney had 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead Villanova.

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 Villanova
Laura Sweeney Laura Sweeney
6-13,  13 Pts
10 Rebs, 2 Assists
 Louisville
Shoni Schimmel Shoni Schimmel
7-13,  20 Pts
8 Rebs, 3 Assists

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