Louisville women roll into the Sweet 16

Antonita Slaughter

The University of Louisville women's basketball team is headed back to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. The Cardinals rolled over host Iowa 83-53 on Tuesday night and will now face LSU on Sunday in the Sweet 16 game at the KFC Yum! Center.

The University of Louisville women's basketball team put together one of its best all-around games of the season on Tuesday.

The Cardinals destroyed host Iowa 83-53 in an NCAA Tournament second round game and head back to the Sweet 16 for the fifth time in the seven years with Jeff Walz as the head coach.

U of L had five players score in double figures, fought serious foul trouble and socked it to the Hawkeyes with a defensive effort that was solid all night long.

The Cardinals (32-4) held Iowa to 19 of 57 from the field, including 1 of 16 on three-pointers. U of L outrebounded Iowa 36-31 and forced 19 turnovers, scoring 20 points off those miscues by the Hawkeyes.

Senior All-American Shoni Schimmel led the way with 26 points, seven assists, five steals and five rebounds, while Antonita Slaughter had 17 points and seven rebounds. Slaughter was 5 of 6 from three-point range and is 8 of 9 in the first two games of the NCAA Tournament.

Asia Taylor, Jude Schimmel and Tia Gibbs had 10 points apiece, while Gibbs added eight rebounds. Sara Hammond didn't score because of foul trouble, while Taylor and Bria Smith also sat a lot of minutes because of fouls.

U of L led by as much as 38.

The Cardinals return home for the Sweet 16 and will face LSU, which upset No. 2 seed West Virginia, on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. the KFC Yum! Center. Tennessee and Maryland will play at noon with the winners meeting for a spot in the Final Four on Tuesday at 7 o'clock.

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