RICHMOND — Cierra Warren watched in awe as Shoni Schimmel ran the offense. Just wait until the point guard finds her shooting touch.
The North Carolina transfer scored 15 points to help Louisville overcome Schimmel's tough shooting night in her debut, and the No. 9 Cardinals beat Eastern Kentucky 77-53 on Thursday night.
"I was pretty excited because I got to watch how she passes the ball," Warren said. "I was just excited to get passes and finish."
Schimmel finished with 12 points on 5-of-20 shooting following a two-game suspension from the NCAA after she participated in a non-sanctioned three-on-three tournament this summer.
After struggling most of the first half, Schimmel began distributing the ball to teammates and the Cardinals (2-1) finally found their stride despite also missing regulars Monique Reid (back, foot) and Tia Gibbs (shoulder). The Cardinals announced after the game that Gibbs tore her labrum and will miss the season.
Eastern Kentucky (0-2) hosted a top-10 team for the first time since then-No. 1 Tennessee in 1993. Carla Booth scored 14 points as the Lady Colonels fell to 0-31 when facing a top-25 opponent.
Louisville trailed for 14 minutes spanning the half before taking the lead for good when Schimmel hit a jumper to give Louisville a 42-41 lead.
The run was just getting started.
Booth committed a turnover on the other end, Bria Smith took a sharp pass from Schimmel and sliced in for a three-point play to put the Cardinals ahead 52-43 with 11:30 left and Louisville rolled from there.
Louisville's Siva out with severe ankle sprain
Louisville point guard Peyton Siva has a severely sprained left ankle and is doubtful for Saturday's game at Butler.
The junior, whom coach Rick Pitino calls his best player, was injured Monday in practice. Pitino says Siva would be available only in an isolated situation and might not be ready when the Cardinals return home against Arkansas State on Nov. 22.
Siva has averaged 10.5 points and 6 assists in two games this season.
Pat Summitt recipient of AARP Inspire Award
Tennessee's Pat Summitt is among a dozen recipients of AARP The Magazine's Inspire Awards in the wake of the coach's announcement that she has dementia.
According to AARP, the awards pay tribute to people who inspire action in others.
Summitt has said she decided to reveal she'd been diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type, because she wanted others to understand that they could continue to live their life with the disease. The 59-year-old Summitt has led the Lady Volunteers to eight national championships and says she is determined to continue to coach as long as she is able.
Mississippi State 69, No. 19 Texas A&M 60: Dee Bost scored 20 points, including a big three-pointer with 3:16 to play, and Mississippi State beat No. 19 Texas A&M in the semifinals of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer.
The Bulldogs (3-1) will play the winner of the game between No. 15 Arizona and St. John's in Friday night's championship game.
Mississippi State, which started the game by making 10 of its first 13 shots from the field, saw a big portion of a 22-point first-half lead disappear.
Naji Hibbert's drive with 3:37 to play brought Texas A&M (2-1) within 60-52.
Bost hit a three-pointer 19 seconds later that started the Bulldogs' 9-4 run that got them back in control.
Brian Bryant had 12 points for the Bulldogs and freshman Rodney Hood added 10.
No. 16 Alabama 62, Maryland 42: Tony Mitchell scored 15 of his 17 points in the first half and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead No. 16 Alabama over Maryland in the opening round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
Mitchell was 7 of 12 from the field, including 3 for 4 from 3-point range, and Trevor Releford scored 10 points for the Crimson Tide (3-0), who grabbed a double-digit lead early in the first half that they would not relinquish.
Alabama cruised despite senior forward JaMychal Green heading to the bench early in the game with two quick fouls. They didn't need him against a cold-shooting Maryland squad that went 13 for 49 from the field (26.5 percent). The Terps (1-1) hit just two of their 12 attempts from beyond the arc.
James Padgett scored 9 points and Ashton Pankey had 10 rebounds for Maryland.
Morehead State 100, Asbury 48: Drew Kelly and Milton Chavis both notched double-doubles, leading Morehead State in a rout over Asbury University.
Kelly scored 17 points with 10 rebounds and Chavis added 14 points and 13 boards for Morehead State (1-2), which outshot Asbury 43.8 percent (35 of 80) to 27.9 percent (17 of 61) en route to victory.
Terrance Hill also chipped in with 13 points for Morehead State, while both Dionte Ferguson and Ty Proffitt added 12 points apiece.
Asbury (3-4) only had one player in double-figure scoring, getting 11 points from Austin Flannery.
Bellarmine 92, Wayne State 80: Bellarmine overcame a 19-point first-half deficit as it defeated host Wayne State .
From the tipoff, the Warriors came out on fire and opened up a 19-point lead on the Knights over the game's first 12:08 as Wayne State connected on their first nine three-point attempts and finished 10-11 from long range in the first half.
Bellarmine trimmed the lead to just eight at the half. After the break, Bellarmine rolled past Wayne State, outscoring the home squad 23-12 over the first 7:38 of the second period to take their first lead of the game.
The Knights were led by Braydon Hobbs with 20 points, five assists and 3 steals, and sophomore Keisten Jones, whose 17 points came on five of six shooting and a perfect four of four from the line.
Lincoln Memorial 91, Union 65: Lincoln Memorial had four players in double digits as they rolled past Union College in exhibition.
In the first half, UC kept things close, only trailing the host Railsplitters 11-7 at the 13-minute mark.
But the closest Union would get was within four points as Lincoln Memorial took a 45-30 lead into halftime.
Union pulled within six on an early second-half flurry but could not rally.
Union was led by Carlos Sanford, who had a game-high 18 points off the Bulldog bench. The Bulldogs' other double-digit scorer on the night was Ian Davis with 10 points and six rebounds.