U of L women's basketball: Weekly notebook

The University of Louisville women's team heads into the Christmas holidays with a 12-1 record and No. 7 ranking in the Associated Press poll. Here are a few notebook items on the Cardinals' team heading into conference play:

CARDS OPEN AAC PLAY AT HOME

The University of Louisville women's basketball team has won five games in a row and heads into American Athletic Conference play on Sunday.

The Cardinals are ranked No. 7 in the Associated Press poll and ranked No. 4 in the RealTimeRPI.com rankings with a 12-1 record.

The first game in AAC play will be Sunday at home against SMU (9-2) before playing on New Year's Day at Temple (6-4).

In AAC play, the Cardinals will face only one team currently ranked in the top 41 of the RPI rankings and that's defending national champion and No. 3 Connecticut.

Temple is ranked No. 41, Rutgers is No. 46, SMU is at No. 62 and Cincinnati at No. 95. The rest of the league is outside the top 100.

COMING OUT STRONG

The Cardinals have come out strong in games this season.

U of L is outscoring opponents 600-389 in the first half, while outscoring also outscoring foes in the second half 529-391.

Five players have already scored over 100 points this season, while Jude Schimmel is sitting at 97 points on the season.

THE FREE THROW WOES CONTINUE

Free-throw shooting is something Walz and his staff have been working on and stressing with the Cardinals for the entire season.

But against Colorado, the Cardinals struggled again going just 24 of 40 from the line. Shoni Schimmel was 13 of 16, while the rest of the team was 11 of 26.

"It's not like we don't practice them," Walz said in a recent interview.

Added junior guard Bria Smith, who was 3 of 8 against the Buffalos: "We just have to focus and concentrate. We have to get better."

On the season, U of L has hit 199 of 314 from the free-throw line and ranks No. 281 among teams on free-throw percentage nationally.

SCORING STILL WAY UP THERE FOR CARDS

The 69 points scored by the Cardinals in the win over Colorado is the lowest output of the season, marking the same score they hit when beating Florida State 69-59 on Nov. 24 of this season.

But even with the under 70 point effort, the Cardinals are still averaging 88.8 points a game this season and rank seventh nationally.

U of L is also seventh in scoring-margin at 28.2 points a game and ranks fourth nationally in field-goal percentage at 49.7 percent.

HENDERSON WILL BE JUST FINE

Walz has said several times that freshman Emmonnie Henderson is "getting there" but it will take her time this season.

Henderson played just one minutes against Colorado, pulled down a rebound and missed two free throws in the limited time.

She has played in 10 games this season and is averaging 5.8 points and 4.0 rebounds a game in 10.8 minutes a contest.


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