Three U of L women on first-team All-AAC

Shoni Schimmel, Asia Taylor and Sara Hammond were named to the first-team All-American Athletic Conference team on Thursday. Taylor was also named AAC Most Improved Player. Cardinal Authority has the latest on all the awards.

With a 28-3 regular-season record, the University of Louisville women's basketball team scored some nice postseason honors on Thursday.

Three U of L players - Shoni Schimmel, Asia Taylor and Sara Hammond - were named to the first-team American Athletic Conference team announced by the league.

Schimmel was one of five unanimous selections, along with three Connecticut starters - Breanna Stewart, Bria Hartley and Stefanie Dolson - and SMU's Keena Mays.

Schimmel leads the Cardinals at 16.9 points per game and became just the second player in school history to surpass the 2,000-point mark. She also leads the team with 116 steals.

Hammond, a junior from Mount Vernon, Ky., averages 11.3 points and 6.5 rebounds a game. She also leads the team with 22 blocked shots.

Taylor, who sat out last season with an injury, averages 11.1 points and a team-high 7.3 rebounds. She was also named as the AAC Most Improved Player for the season.

Junior guard Bria Smith made the second-team, while freshman Emmonnie Henderson was on the league's All-Freshman team.

Senior Tia Gibbs joined Dolson of UConn as the American Sportsmanship Award winners.

U of L will open play in the AAC tournament on Saturday night at 6 o'clock against the winner of the Memphis-Houston game.

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