U of L women's basketball: Weekly notebook

Cardinal Authority presents a weekly notebook of items from the University of Louisville women's basketball team heading into Tuesday's game at Rutgers. The Cardinals are 20-1 and ranked No. 5 in the polls.


University of Louisville senior guard Shoni Schimmel was named American Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

She was also named National Player of the Week by ESPN.com on Monday.

Schimmel averaged 27 points, 5.5 rebounds and three assists a game in two games last week for the Cardinals. She finished the week shooting 63.3 percent (19 of 30) from the field and 69.6 percent (16 of 23) from three-point range.

Schimmel had 25 points against Houston, going 7 of 11 from three-point range, and then hit for 29 points in a win over Memphis on Sunday. She was 9 of 12 from three-point range against the Tigers, setting a new school record.

Schimmel made eight three-pointers in the first half, including six in a span of four minutes late in the first half.

In 21 games this season, Schimmel has averaged 18.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists a game in 28.8 minutes per contest.


Schimmel now has 1,892 career points and is just seven points out of second-place on the school's all-time scoring list.

Nell Knox, who played from 1989-93, is second on the list with 1,899. Angel McCoughtry is the school's all-time leading scorer at 2,779.

Schimmel is already the school's all-time three-point leader with 344 made and 994 attempted. She has 533 career assists and ranks fifth and her 238 career steals ranks fifth.


Freshman Emmonie Henderson was named to the AAC weekly honor role after her play.

The 6-foot-1 freshman had back-to-back double-figure games, just her third and fourth this season. She had 14 points in both games, grabbing seven rebounds against Houston and two in the win over Memphis on Sunday.

"She's coming along," U of L coach Jeff Walz said. "She in better shape and she's playing well. She has a lot of potential."

Henderson is averaging 5.9 points and 3.5 rebounds a game for the Cardinals.


U of L's 20-1 record is a new school record for the best start by the Cardinals women's program, besting the 19-1 start in 2008-09.

The Cardinals are 8-0 in the AAC, which marks the best start in conference play in school history. The 1996-97 team started the Conference-USA season 7-0.

Also, the current 13-game winning streak is the third longest in school history. The longest is 15 in 2006-07, while the 08-09 team had a 14-game winning streak.


U of L is ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press poll this week and likely the same in the USA Today poll when it comes out on Tuesday.

The Cardinals are ranked No. 7 in the NCAA RPI rankings and ESPN.com has them projected as a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

U of L also ranks in eight different statistical categories: No. 3 in Win-Loss percentage (95.2); No. 4 in scoring margin (25.0); No. 9 in rebound margin (11.1); No. 9 in field goal percentage (47.7); No. 12 in scoring offense (84.1); No. 15 in steals (11.1); No. 18 in three-point field-goal defense (26.9); and No. 16 in assists per game (17.8).

Schimmel leads the nation in three-point field goals made per game at 3.57 a game.


U of L will play at Rutgers on Tuesday night ta 9 o'clock.

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