The Norman Transcript

November 24, 2013

Pushed to the limit

Associated Press
The Associated Press

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.

Louisville opened overtime with a 10-2 run including Taylor’s baskets and Slaughter’s layup before Schimmel sealed it with her fifth shot from beyond the arc.

No. 22 Iowa State 89, Drake 47: DES MOINES, Iowa — Hallie Christofferson scored 25 points to lead No. 22 Iowa State to an 89-47 blowout over Drake on Sunday.

Christofferson, leading the Big 12 in shooting, was 8 of 10 from the field, including two 3-pointers, and was joined in double digits by Seanna Johnson and Brynn Williamson with 14 points apiece, and Jadda Buckley with 12. Johnson made it a double-double with 11 rebounds as well.

The undefeated Cyclones (5-0) took control of the game with a 14-0 run to close out the first half, carrying a 40-22 advantage into the break. Iowa State picked up right where it left off, out-scoring the Bulldogs 49-25 in the second half.

Lizzy Wendell led Drake (2-3) with 15 points, including the game’s first score — a layup that gave the Bulldogs an opening lead. Christofferson erased it moments later with a 3-pointer and the Cyclones pulled away.

No. 1 UConn 88, St. Bonaventure 39: HARTFORD, Conn. — Kiah Stokes scored a career-high 19 points and Stefanie Dolson added 16 points and 15 rebounds to lead the top-ranked Huskies to an 88-39 win over St. Bonaventure in the final day of the Hall of Fame Classic on Sunday.

UConn (8-0) won all three games of the round-robin tournament in dominant fashion. The Huskies beat Boston University by 58 points on Friday and Monmouth by 55 on Saturday. The smallest margin of victory this season is 17 over No. 8 Maryland. UConn also beat No. 3 Stanford and No. 14 Penn State both by 19 points.

The Huskies took control early against St. Bonaventure, scoring 31 straight points and holding the Bonnies scoreless for more than 10 minutes in the first half. The Huskies led 55-22 at halftime.

Gabrielle Richmond led St. Bonaventure (7-2) with nine points and Katie Healy had seven points and 11 rebounds.

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