No. 5 Louisville holds off Central Florida, 75-56

No. 5 Louisville holds off Central Florida, 75-56

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By GARY B. GRAVES
AP Sports Writer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Shoni Schimmel scored 27 points and Sara Hammond added 22 as No. 5 Louisville beat Central Florida 75-56 on Wednesday night for its 10th straight victory.

Bria Smith added 10 points as the Cardinals (17-1, 5-0 American Athletic Conference) matched their best 18-game start since the 2009 season. This victory took work throughout as Louisville overcame a slow start to build a 23-point lead early in the second half, a cushion that came in handy after the determined Knights (8-8, 1-4) rallied to within 66-55 with 2½ minutes remaining.

Schimmel was just 8 of 22 from the field and 5 of 14 from 3-point range, but made several baskets including one from long range with 40 seconds left to seal the game. The senior guard overtook Jazz Covington for third place on the Cardinals' career scoring list.

Sara Djassi scored 28 points for the Knights, who shot 35 percent.

 

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