Inability to stop Schoni Schimmel sinks Colorado
In last season’s win over Louisville, Colorado held Shoni
Schimmel to four points.
This time, the No. 11 Buffaloes had no answer for Schimmel as
the senior tallied a season high 30 points – including 13 of 16
free throws -in a 69-62 loss to the No. 7 Cardinals Saturday.
Lexy Kresl led Colorado with 17 points.
Jen Reese, wearing a protective mask for a broken nose she
suffered in practice earlier this month, added 14 points and 14
rebounds for Colorado (9-1.
Arielle Roberson, last year’s Pac-12 Freshman of the Year,
collected her fourth foul midway through the second half. She had
14 points and five rebounds. Three players – Brittany Wilson,
Jasmine Sborov and Asley Wilson – fouled out of the game in which
the teams combined on 70 free throw attempts.
”What really hurt is today was dribble penetration,” Colorado
coach Linda Lappe said. ”It was tough for us to guard (Schimmel)
Key offensive rebounds on missed free throws helped Louisville.
The Cardinals had 52 total rebounds, compared to 47 for
”We’ve been begging our players to do a better job on defensive
rebounding the whole season,” Lappe said. ”About five games ago I
said it was going to hurt us at some point. When you’re
outrebounding teams by 12 or 15, they don’t really understand what
they’re going to see when you face a team like Louisville, who
crashes hard and gets in there and puts pressure on you.”
”Missing the free throw rebounds and not boxing out” were key
miscues, said Kresl. ”They got a few too many opportunities on the
It was Schimmel who secured the win for the Cardinals (12-1). No
team led by more than six until Louisville broke it open with a 7-0
run to go up 53-46 with 6:42 left.
Colorado chipped away at the lead. Brittany Wilson’s layup with
24 seconds left cut the gap to 65-62.
Schimmel sank two free throws to go up 67-62. The Buffaloes
couldn’t convert on the next possession and Schimmel’s layup put
the punctuation mark on the victory.
Schimmel said she studied video of last year’s game.
”The difference is we learned from the game last year,” she
When Louisville’s outside shots weren’t falling – the Cardinals
were 1 of 10 from three-point range – it went inside, garnering 30
points in the paint.
Kresl had nine of the Buffaloes’ first 12 points and the
junior’s three-pointer gave Colorado its first lead, 8-5.
Louisville battled back and went ahead 16-12 on a three-pointer by
On two straight possessions, Asia Taylor twice completed a
three-point play after being fouled while making a layup,
bolstering Louisville’s advantage to 22-16 midway through the first
Jude Schimmel’s two straight layups closed out the first half to
give Louisville a 33-29 halftime lead.
”We think (this game is) going to make us tougher and help us
handle pressure a lot more,” Kresl said. ”It helped us see a lot
of different defenses. This prepared us a lot for conference
Lappe said she was pleased with her team’s overall effort.
”You want to be in a position to have a chance to win at the
end of the game, and we had that,” she said. ”We just didn’t make
enough plays down the stretch.”