LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Shoni Schimmel joined a very exclusive club on Wednesday night. The Senior guard became just the second member of the two-thousand point club in U of L Women's basketball history. Schimmel has amassed 2004 points after scoring 15 in U of L's 81-62 victory over Houston. She trails only Angel McCoughtry on the school's all-time list.
"It's a great accomplishment to be able to score 2,000 points," said Schimmel. "It's been great to be at Louisville for four years and it's special to be able to share it not only with my teammates, but with the fans as well, just because I've put a lot of work into it. It's just very special."
Louisville had a difficult time shaking the Cougars (5-21, 1-14 in the AAC), a team they beat 93-52 on January 21st. The visitors hit four of their first seven three-point attempts to keep things close most of the first half. The Cardinals (26-2, 13-1 in the AAC) pushed to lead to double digits at halftime and settled for the 19-point triumph.
It was not a win that thrilled Head Coach Jeff Walz.
"It is a 19 point win," said Walz. "We have a lot of work to do. We are making the same mistakes and that is what is so frustrating for me right now. If you want to be great, make different mistakes. We worked two solid days on transition on jump stopping and we turn the ball over three times by not jump stopping. It is just simple. We are just going to keep doing it and keep doing it. I told them at half court that we are running out of days and running out of games. At this point and time I challenged them and said it was their team. They are the ones that step out onto the floor. It is our job as coaches to give you a plan and make sure you are prepared. You are the one that will make the decision on what you will do with the ball and you are the one to make the decision if you are going to box out every time. That is where I am hoping they get it together and say we are either all in or we are not. At this point last year it was all in. We didn't win every game but we were competing. The difference is who you are competing against every game in your conference play. Now we have a Rutgers team and if we play Sunday the way we played tonight we are not going to win. That is the hard part to try and get your players to understand. A 19-point win is great but that performance will not get you a win on Sunday."
Junior Forward Sara Hammond led U of L with 17 points and Shoni Schimmel added 8 rebounds to her point total. Freshman Emmonie Henderson hit double figures for the second straight game with 12.
Marche Amerson scored 23 points and Jessieka Palmer added 16 for Houston.
Louisville improved to 16-0 at home, one shy of matching its record for home wins set in 2006-07. The Cardinals host Rutgers Sunday at 3:00 pm at the KFC Yum! Center, then close the season with a visit to Cincinnati March 1st and a home finale against top-ranked UConn March 3rd.
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