Shoni Schimmel stepped up gain when No. 5 Louisville needed her most. The Cardinals were appreciative Sunday, but just wish it hadn't had to come to that against host South Florida.
"It's a good thing, but what we're really trying to get a focus on is putting a 40-minute game together," Coach Jeff Walz said after Schimmel scored 25 points, five in them in the final seven minutes to help Louisville (16-1, 4-0) hold off USF 62-54 to remain unbeaten in American Athletic Conference play.
Schimmel's three-point play finished an 11-1 run that enabled the Cardinals to take control for good after USF (8-8, 3-2) trimmed what had been a 17-point second-half deficit to 49-47. Sara Hammond (Rockcastle County) began the spurt with a three-point play and finished with 14.
"You know, if you want to compete with the best for the best, you can't just rise to the occasion," Walz added. "We're up 17, made a great run in the second half, and then it gets back to two. You can't do that. That's one thing we're really trying to work on."
Vanderbilt 74, No. 8 Tennessee 63: Jasmine Lister scored 22 points and Christina Foggie added 21 as Vanderbilt upset visiting Tennessee. The Commodores now have nine victories in the 70 games they count having played against Tennessee. The Lady Vols (13-3, 2-2) now has matched the two SEC losses from all last season.
No. 10 South Carolina 72, Auburn 66: Tiffany Mitchell scored 18 points and had six steals to lead South Carolina to a come-from-behind victory at Auburn, Ala.
Texas A&M 58, No. 25 Georgia 44: Courtney Walker scored 16 points and Texas A&M handed host Georgia its fourth loss in a row.
Centre 89, Birmingham Southern 81: Paige Gaechle scored 24 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in the Colonel's win at Danville. Mary Gordon Stough (Sacred Heart) added 11 points, 14 rebounds and three assists.
No. 20 Iowa 84, No. 3 Ohio St. 74: Roy Devin Marble scored 22 points, Aaron White added 19 and Iowa ended the game on a 22-9 run to hand host Ohio State its second loss of the week. Melsahn Besabe had 11 points and 10 rebounds, Mike Gesell added 11 points and Jarrod Uthoff had 10 off the bench for the Hawkeyes, who ended a string of eight straight losses to the Buckeyes.
Creighton 95, Xavier 89: Doug McDermott scored 35 points with his sprained left shoulder, and Creighton held off Xavier to move into a tie for first place in the Big East.
Ethan Wragge added 15 points on five three-pointers, including three in a row, to help the Bluejays add to a four-point halftime lead in the Bluejays win at Omaha, Neb.
Centre 85, Birmingham Southern 71: Matt Gump scored a team-high 17 points Donovan Whiteside added 13 points and six rebounds as the Colonels cruised to a win at Danville.