U of L women win record 16th straight

ORLANDO, FLA. — Asia Taylor and the No. 4 Louisville women's basketball team insisted they weren't looking ahead to Sunday's showdown at No. 1 Connecticut. They had enough to deal with Tuesday night against Central Florida.

"And if we didn't take care of business tonight, Sunday wouldn't have mattered," said Taylor, whose 19 points and 12 rebounds paced the 74-59 victory over the Knights.

The win extends the Cardinals wining streak to 16 games, which is now a school record.

Sara Hammond had 14 points, Shoni Schimmel 11 points (with seven assists) and freshman Emmonie Henderson 10 points for the Cards (23-1, 11-0 American Athletic Conference), who led by 20 before the Knights cut it to 63-53 with 4:30 minutes left. Sara Hammond's three-pointer then ignited a game-breaking 10-2 run.

"This was a grind game," Taylor said. "It shouldn't have been like this. We should have put it away earlier."

U of L did play without starting point guard Bria Smith, who sat out to rest her knees.

Coach Jeff Walz said his players struggled in a game more physical than they expected. U of L committed 23 fouls, UCF 20.

"They punched us in the mouth and we didn't respond," Walz said. "We didn't play with physicality. ... You have to be able to adjust game in and game out. What's getting called this game may not have been called on Sunday, and that's OK. You have to be able to adjust."

U of L will travel to Connecticut on Sunday in a 1 o'clock game on ESPN.

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