Shoni Schimmel scored 21 points and No. 4 Louisville held off Temple 60-50.
Though Louisville (24-2, 12-1 American Athletic Conference) bounced back from Sunday's loss to No. 1 Connecticut, sloppy play throughout resulted in its lowest scoring total this season. The Cardinals shot 40 percent from the field (22 of 55), made just 12 of 26 free throws and committed 11 turnovers, a combination that left the door open for Temple up to the final minute.
The Cardinals survived only because their performance was markedly better than the Owls (12-12, 6-7), who couldn't take advantage because of their own ragged play featuring 17 turnovers, 1-of-9 free throw shooting and 38 percent shooting from the field.
Asia Taylor had 14 points and 12 rebounds while Antonita Slaughter added 12 points as Louisville swept the season series.
Tyonna Williams' 12 points and Erica Covile's 10 rebounds led Temple, which had its previous two games. The Owls' consolations were outrebounding Louisville 41-40 and outscoring its bench 18-6, but they just couldn't get needed baskets down the stretch and continually blew chances at the foul line that could've made it closer.
For Louisville, the bottom line was getting back on track after the top-ranked Huskies halted their 16-game winning streak Sunday. Helping the Cardinals' motivation was facing a Temple squad that played them hard in a nine-point win last month and was looking to go over .500 in league play.
Playing a more focused game was also the objective for Louisville after shooting 37 percent and committing 14 turnovers against UConn, which converted those miscues and missed shots into a lead that was never threatened. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, the execution wasn't always there early against the Owls, who took advantage of Louisville's ragged stretches to lead 12-11 midway through the first half and only trailed 27-19 at the break despite 9-of-30 shooting (30 percent).
Louisville's 16-8 run over the final 9:14 of the half was the difference, a spurt led by Schimmel's eight points that put the Cardinals ahead. Slaughter added her third 3-pointer in as many attempts while Taylor had a basket in an eight-point half, helping the Cardinals finish 41 percent from the field after their shaky start.
Schimmel's long-range jumper and another Taylor basket briefly gave Louisville its biggest lead at 32-19, but Temple kept fighting back to stay within two possessions thanks to Williams, whose clock-beating jumper brought the Owls within 46-40 with 8:41 left.
Temple soon trailed by double digits before rallying within 56-50 with 21 seconds remaining before Schimmel's two free throws two seconds later sealed the game.