Jeff Walz knew it was important for Louisville to get off to a good start against Houston.
His third-ranked Cardinals obliged, scoring 26 of the first 30 points en route to an easy 88-43 win over Houston on Saturday night in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament.
"We took the wind out of their sails some the way we started the game," Walz said.
Louisville jumped all over the Cougars behind Shoni Schimmel and Sara Hammond. Schimmel got the Cardinals on the board hitting a three-pointer, the 99th of the season for the senior which set a new school record. Schimmel broke Sara Nord's mark, leading the team with 15 points.
Hammond had all 11 of her points in the first eight minutes for the Cardinals (29-3).
Schimmel's layup made it 30-6 midway through the first half. Houston (6-25) didn't string together consecutive baskets until nearly 14 minutes were gone in the game.
Louisville led 46-19 at the half and never looked back.
Western Ky. 79, Georgia St. 63: Junior All-America candidate Chastity Gooch and freshman Bria Gaines combined for 44 points and 19 rebounds in the victory. Gaines finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds in just 20 minutes of play. Gooch had 23 points and nine rebounds.
Thomas More 120, John Carroll 86: Thomas More set the NCAA Division III women's tournament record for points in a game. All five starters reached double-figure scoring, led by Sydney Moss with a game-high 37 points. Moss also led the team in rebounds (10) and assists (seven).
UT Martin 78, Belmont 66: Jasmine Newsome scored 25 points, and UT Martin beat Belmont in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament finals to clinch the Skyhawks' fourth straight title and NCAA Tournament berth.
Ky. Wesleyan 80, Trevecca Nazarene 76: Karly Rhoads scored 25 points to lead Ky. Wesleyan past Trevecca Nazarene and into to the Great Midwest Athletic Conference title game.
Northern Ky. 58, East Tenn. St. 50: Melody Doss and Kayla Thacker combined to score 40 points on Saturday to buoy host Northern Kentucky on Senior Day. Doss led NKU with 25 points and six rebounds. Thacker, the team's lone senior, added 15 points.
Campbellsville 83, Shawnee St. 63: Ellen Sholtes put in 22 points as Campbellsville advanced to the Mid-South Conference title game. Lindsey Burd added 10 points and 10 rebounds.
DePauw 76, Transylvania 68: DePauw jumped out to a 16-1 lead and never looked back to advance in the NCAA Division III tournament. Jordin Fender led Transylvania with 13 points.
No. 2 Wichita State 67, Missouri St 42: Cleanthony Early scored 20 points with three three-pointers and a pair of dunks, and No. 2 Wichita State improved to 33-0 with little resistance in a road rout in the Missouri Valley Conference semifinals.
Oregon 64, No. 3 Arizona 57: Jason Calliste made the go-ahead jumper and free throw with 4:22 left and finished with 18 points in the upset.
West Virginia 92, No. 8 Kansas 86: Eron Harris scored 28 points, Juwan Staten added 24 and West Virginia withstood 41 points by freshman Andrew Wiggins to upset the visiting Jayhawks. The Mountaineers led by as many as 25 points early in the second half before watching Kansas tear into the deficit behind Wiggins.
No. 15 Cincinnati 70, Rutgers 66: Sean Kilpatrick scored 24 points and No. 15 Cincinnati clinched at least a share of the American Athletic Conference. Kilpatrick converted a three-point play and drove the lane for a layup in the final 68 seconds as the Bearcats rallied from a late deficit.
No. 12 Michigan 84, Indiana 80: Glenn Robinson scored 20 points, including a tie-breaking three-pointer with 1:10 to play, and Jordan Morgan had a double-double in his final home game to help Michigan finish off visiting Indiana.
No. 6 Villanova 77, Georgetown 59: Darrun Hilliard scored 19 points to lead No. 6 Villanova to a dominating home victory, preserving the Wildcats' hopes of a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Mississippi 65, Vanderbilt 62: Marshall Henderson scored 18 points, Jarvis Summers added 12 and host Mississippi rallied. Ole Miss trailed for almost the entire afternoon, but pushed ahead 61-60 on two free throws by Henderson with 3:36 remaining.
Tennessee 72, Missouri 45: Antonio Barton scored 16 points and Jarnell Stokes had a double-double Saturday as Tennessee trounced Missouri. Stokes had 15 points and 10 rebounds.
South Carolina 74, Mississippi St. 62: South Carolina's Brenton Williams had seven three-pointers and a game-high 27 points in the road victory. Sindarius Thornwell added 22 points for the Gamecocks.
Georgia 69, LSU 61: Charles Mann had 22 points and 10 rebounds as Georgia defeated host LSU. Kenny Gaines made six of seven three-pointers he attempted and finished with 20 points for the Bulldogs.
Auburn 69, Texas A&M 64: KT Harrell scored 20 points, including 12 in the second half in the win. The Tigers won on the road for the first time in more than a month.
Alabama 83, Arkansas 58: — Trevor Releford scored 24 points and Shannon Hale added 18 to lead Alabama, snapping Arkansas' six-game winning streak. The Razorbacks were held to a season-low in points three days after pouring in 110 to rout Mississippi.
Georgia State 73, Western Kentucky 55: Ex-Cat Ryan Harrow scored 20 points and Devonta White 19 as Georgia State topped the Hilltoppers. The teams receive double byes into the semifinals on opposite sides of conference tournament bracket. Payton Hulsey scored 15 points to lead the Hilltoppers while Chris Harrison-Docks added 11.
Georgetown 76, Cumberlands 69: Jaylen Daniel broke open the eighth and final tie of the game with back-to-back three-point shots to lift second-seeded Georgetown in the semifinals of the Mid-South Conference Championships. The Tigers face Pikeville in Sunday's championship game. Daniel had a game-high 22 points, thanks to 4-of-6 shooting from the arc.
Pikeville 78, St. Catharine 69: Chris Cantino's double-double helped push top-seeded Pikeville to the Mid-South Conference tournament finals. Cantino had 19 points and 10 rebounds. Elisha Justice added 16 points, five rebounds and three assists with four three-pointers. Omar Skinner poured in game-best 25 points for the Patriots.
Emory 72, Centre 62: Josh Karsner led Centre with 16 points off the bench, as the Colonels fell in the NCAA Division III second round.
Alderson Broaddus 65, Ky. Wesleyan 61: KWC senior guard Lonnie Hayes had a game-high 28 points, but the Panthers fell in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference title game.