No. 7 Louisville women beat Wright State 99-40

Wright State got out of their game plan and the bigger, better

Louisville squad took advantage.

Shoni Schimmel scored 17 points, including five 3-pointers, and

the No. 7 Cardinals cruised to a 99-40 win over Wright State on

Saturday night in their first game since Antonita Slaughter was

diagnosed with a season-ending blood clot in her lung.

”We stopped reversing the ball,” Raiders coach Mike Bradbury

said. ”You can’t just play on one side of the floor against them.

They’re a little bigger than us. We played North Carolina State,

James Madison, we’ve played some good people. You can neutralize

that size if you reverse the ball.”

The Raiders (7-3) average 83 points a game, but were stymied by

the Cardinals’ staunch defense. Wright State shot 23 percent

overall – 18 percent in the first half – and made six of 26

three-pointers.

Kim Demmings, the Horizon League Preseason Player of the Year,

had four points on 2-of-15 shooting, well below her average of 24,

which ranks 10th in the nation.

Tay’ler Mingo led the Raiders with 15 points. Tayler Stanton had

a team-high nine rebounds.

Sara Hammond and Asia Taylor added 12 points apiece for the

Cardinals (9-1), who shot 56 percent from the field.

The Cardinals took control with a 14-4 run in the first half and

continued to extend their advantage.

Schimmel, who shoots 33 percent from the 3-point line, sank the

Cardinals’ first four from beyond the arc to boost Louisville’s

early lead.

Wright State missed its first six 3-point attempts. Ivory James

broke the streak with one from long-range that made it 42-10 with

6:17 left in the first half.

James finished with eight points and five rebounds.

It was a tough night for Demmings. With :26 left in the first

half, Demmings stole the ball and had an open fast break to the

basket, but missed the layup.

Another attempt by Demmings rolled over the rim and out just

before the halftime buzzer.

”I think we focused on their three main players, that we

limited their touches and didn’t allow them to get into the paint

as much,” Hammond said.

Louisville had a stellar shooting night at the free throw line,

making 10 of 13 shots.

Wright State notched 22 turnovers, well above its average of

11.

”I thought we got some good shots early and missed them,”

Bradbury said. ”After that, we struggled, and it was mainly

because of them.”