LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Jude Schimmel provided an early spark and the rest of the team soon followed as the 3rd-seeded U of L women made quick work of 14th seed Idaho, 88-42 in the opening round of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament in Iowa City, Iowa.
Five players hit double figures, led by 16 from Sara Hammond. Jude Schimmel finished with 14 on 6-of-9 shooting from the field. Asia Taylor had 13 to go with 7 rebounds. Antonita Slaughter hit 4-of-5 field goal attempts, including all three from beyond the arc for 11 points and Shoni Schimmel filled up the boxscore with 10 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and two steals. The Cardinals shot 57 percent from the field and outrebounded the Vandals 42-23.
"What we're trying to do right now is prove that we belong. I think a lot of that, with our seed, has to do with respect," Louisville coach Jeff Walz said. "I think if we're a program that had been around for 20 years, we may have gotten a better seed. Who knows. Our kids are playing for respect right now. We understand that."
Louisville meets the host school Iowa in the second round Tuesday. They beat Marist 87-65. A win would get the Cardinals back to the KFC Yum! Center for the sweet sixteen.
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