U of L women move into AAC title game

The University of Louisville women's basketball team moved into the title game of the American Athletic Conference Tournament in Uncasville, Conn., after Shoni Schimmel scored with six seconds left to give the Cardinals a 60-56 win over South Florida in the semifinals.

Shoni Schimmel made another big-time shot for the University of Louisville women's basketball team on Sunday afternoon.

The senior All-American hit a jumper with six seconds left, giving the Cardinals the lead for good in a 60-56 win over South Florida in the semifinals of the AAC Tournament in Uncasville, Conn., setting up a third meeting with UConn.

With the score knotted at 56, Courtney Williams missed a three-pointer with 10 seconds left for South Florida. Schimmel grabbed the rebound and raced down the floor, pulling up inside the lane for the jumper.

"I saw the pullup there and shot it," said Schimmel, who led her team with 17 points.

Her sister, Jude, then made a steal at midcourt and added two free throws in the final seconds to seal the deal.

Louisville is now 30-3 on the season, recording 30 wins in a season for the second time in school history. Louisville won 34 games in 2008-09.

Schimmel hit five three-pointers and now has a school-record 104 for the season. Tia Gibbs added 12 points and Antonita Slaughted chipped in 11.

U of L lost to UConn by 20 points last Monday and two of its three losses were to the top-ranked Huskies. The game on Monday is at 7.

"We'll watch some film and we'll sit down and break down UConn again," U of L coach Jeff Walz said. "We know in order to beat them we have to play a great game at the defensive end of the floor because they score so well. We'll have to figure out a way to score. You've got to put 70 on the board yourself and I don't think they've allowed 70 all year.

"They're a great basketball team. We know that we have to get it into a half-court game. We can't allow them to score in transition."

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