LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Florida State gave Louisville all it could handle for 40 minutes. It was the extra five where the Seminoles fell short.
Natasha Howard had 13 points and 14 rebounds before fouling out with 41 seconds left in regulation and the Seminoles lost 69-59 to the No. 4 Cardinals on Sunday.
“I think going on the road and playing a very good basketball team that’s had a lot of success, with a young team, a lot of things could have gone wrong,” Florida State coach Sue Semrau said. “I was glad that a lot of things went right for us. I thought we did a great job of identifying shooters. We did a great job of rebounding the ball. We were able to score early, then we got in some droughts. But we’ll get better.”
Florida State (4-1) jumped all over Louisville scoring 19 of the first 23 points before only holding a four-point halftime lead. They led by four late before the Cardinals rallied to tie it at 54 and force overtime.
Not bad for a team that lost four of five starters from last season.
“We did better than we expected,” Howard said. “We knew it would be a tough road game, and we stuck together and we fought.”
Louisville forward Asia Taylor scored six of her eight total points in overtime to secure the win for the Cardinals (6-0). Senior Shoni Schimmel powered the Cardinals with 21 points, including 5 of 14 shooting from 3-point range. Senior Antonita Slaughter added 10.
Delgado scored 10 of her 12 points after intermission and had a chance to win it for the Seminoles at the end of regulation. Her 3-point attempt missed and was rebounded by Jude Schimmel, who dribbled upcourt but couldn’t get off a shot in the final seconds.
FSU rallied from a 44-38 deficit to take a 54-50 lead with 1:14 left in regulation and appeared to be in control before Louisville’s Tia Gibbs made two free throws and Jude Schimmel made a key steal and layup to tie the game with 24.3 seconds left.