No. 3 UConn 56, No. 20 Louisville 46
Caroline Doty made sure No. 3 UConn’s season-low scoring total
was still good enough.
She led the Huskies with 15 points and the Huskies’ defense
helped hold off No. 20 Louisville 56-46 Tuesday night.
Doty, scoreless in her last game against Rutgers, made 5 of 11
on 3-point attempts. Tiffany Hayes added nine points and 11
rebounds before fouling out for UConn (22-2, 10-1 Big East).
”We made just enough plays in the end,” UConn coach Geno
Auriemma said. ”Caroline just bailed us out.”
Shoni Schimmel led Louisville (17-7, 6-5) with 20 points and
eight rebounds. Sara Hammond added 10 points, eight of which came
in the second half.
”We couldn’t buy a bucket in the first half,” coach Jeff Walz
said. ”We missed point blank layups to start the game and you
can’t do that if you want to win in the Big East.”
The Huskies held Louisville to just two field goals in the final
12 minutes of the first half and led 33-17 at the break.
Louisville cut the Huskies’ lead to 46-40, but Bria Hartley made
a 3-pointer from the left corner.
”We went out there and we just kept working our defense,”
Schimmel said. ”Our defense paid off for our offense.”
UConn gave Louisville its first home loss this season, snapping
a 12-game home winning streak for the Cardinals. Louisville has now
lost three straight overall after dropping both its last two road
games against DePaul and West Virginia by double digits.
The Huskies entered the game holding opponents to a
national-best 30 percent shooting. They held Louisville to 25
”We’ve got to keep working the ball around and not play like
our heads on fire, as Coach would say,” Doty said. ”We’ve just
got to stay composed and know that they’re not going to back
Louisville played without center Cierra Warren. Walz announced
after game that the sophomore had left the team. A transfer from
North Carolina, Warren had started 10 games this season and
averaged eight points and 4.5 rebounds.
Warren’s loss is another blow for the Cardinals who previously
lost two of their top three returning scorers, Tia Gibbs and
Monique Reid, to season-ending injuries.