LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The 7th-ranked Louisville women's basketball team used a late first-half and early second-half push to defeat Temple 77-68 in Philadelphia Wednesday.
The Cardinals (14-1, 2-0) had just a two-point lead with five minutes left in the first half but outscored the Owls (7-5, 1-1) 12-4 to go to the locker room with a 31-21 lead. They then started the second half by scoring the first nine points for a 40-21 advantage and were never challenged.
U of L forced 25 Temple turnovers but gave it up 20 times themselves.
"That's really our Achilles' heel," coach Jeff Walz said. "When we turn the basketball over we're a pretty good team still. We're not as good a team as we can be."
Asia Taylor led the visitors with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Shoni Schimmel added 15 points and 2 assists but also turned it over 6 times.
The Seniors have mixed feelings about playing their final season in the American Athletic Conference.
"Getting to play new people is exciting," Schimmel said. "It's different than playing in the Big East. You look at the floor and it's like we're playing Temple. It's our league for this year."
Taylor will miss her old conference.
"I loved being in the Big East," she said. "You knew every night that it was going to be a close game. You didn't need a scouting report as you know who the stars are."
Louisville returns home to meet Cincinnati Saturday at 2:00 pm.
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