Jan. 28, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Laura Sweeney scored her seventh double-double of the season, but Villanova could not withstand a late Louisville run and fell to the No. 16 ranked Cardinals, 62-58 on Saturday afternoon at the KFC Yum! Center.
The two teams were tied at 21 apiece at the end of the first half after tying the score five times in the half. Sophomore Devon Kane sank two free-throws with 8:20 left in the first to put the Wildcats in front, 19-15, but Louisville sank back-to-back shots to tie the score at 19-19 with 7:23 left in the first half. With 5:09 remaining, Sweeney connected on a lay-up to tie the score again at 21-21, but neither team would score again as the half came to a close.
After trailing by five points to open up the second half, junior Jesse Carey converted a pair of free throws and then sank a three-point shot to tie the score back at 26-26 at the 18:13 mark.
Sweeney hit a lay-up with 11:30 remaining in the game, which put Villanova in front, 38-32, but the Cardinals went on a 15-6 run over the next four and a half minutes and grabbed a 47-44 lead. The Wildcats kept close and took a 48-47 lead after Kane hit both free throws, but Louisville was able to convert 9-for-10 free-throw attempts in the final minute to edge out Villanova, 62-58.
The `Cats shot 19-for-58 (32.8 percent) from the field and went 8-for-30 (26.7 percent) from beyond the arc.
Sweeney tallied her seventh double-double of the season with 18 points and 11 rebounds. She has now scored in double figures in 13 of her past 15 games.
The Cardinals had four players post double figures led by Shoni Schimmel with 18 points. Bria Smith tallied a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Louisville shot 35.7 percent (20-for-56) from the field.
Villanova returns home to host Seton Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 31. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.