No. 13 Louisville Holds off Golden Eagles, 64-63
Jan. 22, 2013
MILWAUKEE - No. 13 Louisville withstood a late second half surge from the Marquette University women's basketball team Tuesday evening at the Al McGuire Center to hold on for a 64-63 victory.
The Golden Eagles (10-8, 2-3 BIG EAST) trailed by as many as 10 points in the second half but led 63-62 after a Katie Young 3-pointer with 13 seconds remaining. Louisville's Monique Reid took the ensuing inbounds the length of the court for the Cardinals' only fastbreak basket of the night and a 64-63 edge.
Marquette had one final look for the win but freshman point guard Brooklyn Pumroy had trouble getting the ball up the court and Young's final attempt from deep was blocked by Bria Smith as time expired.
The Cardinals (16-4, 4-2 BIG EAST) were led by 19 points from junior point guard Shoni Schimmel, while classmate Antonita Slaughter added 14, all of which came in the first half. Sophomore forward Sara Hammond chipped in her third double-double of the campaign for U of L with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Young and junior Katherine Plouffe paced the Golden Eagles with 17 points apiece, while Pumroy chipped in 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the floor with just one turnover.
Louisville jumped out to a 41-37 lead to start the second as Marquette's first 11 possessions of the half yielded just 1-of-6 shooting from the floor with six turnovers.
The Cardinals capitalized on the sluggish start by the Golden Eagles out of the break and took a 54-44 advantage on Shoni Schimmel's third 3-pointer of the second half.
MU took a 35-32 lead into the intermission after shooting a combined 46.7 percent (14-of-30) in the first 20 minutes.
Slaughter paced the Cardinals out to a 14-5 lead while connecting on her first four attempts from long range. The junior was guarded closely on the perimeter the remainder of the first half as U of L shot just 1-of-9 from three over the final 16:49 of the opening frame
Louisville went cold from deep, but continued to launch away as the Golden Eagles took their largest lead of the game at 27-21 on a Pumroy 3-pointer. The freshman guard hit the trey with 7:51 remaining in the first with the shot clock was expiring. Pumroy's basket capped a 16-2 run by Marquette in which the Golden Eagles connected on six straight field goal attempts.
The Golden Eagles return to action Saturday, Jan. 26 at USF in a 5 p.m. CT showdown at the Sun Dome.