LOUISVILLE — Louisville Cardinals standout senior, Shoni Schimmel, scored 29 points on Sunday as her team beat the Memphis Tigers 88-61 at the KFC Yum Center on Sunday afternoon.
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Schimmel hit nine 3-pointers on her way to hitting her 29 points. Schimmel hit 9 of 12 three pointers in today’s victory. Eight of them were done in the span of four minutes in the first half.
The standout player did so even though she left the game with 8:55 minutes left in the game. The home crowd of 10,345 loved it and gave Schimmel a standing ovation as she left the game.
“It feels great. My teammates did a great job of getting me the ball so for me to do the easy part and just shoot, it felt pretty awesome. I was smiling a lot,” commented Schimmel in a post-game interview.
By hitting the nine 3-pointers , Schimmel set a new school 3-point record, which she set last year on January 30, 2013 against South Florida.
“What excites me for her is she’s scored this much before in the past, but it’s normally taken here 20, 25 shots,” Louisville Cardinals women’s basketball head coach, Jeff Walz said. “She took 16 shots tonight … there weren’t many that were forced. That was the same way at Houston and SMU. She’s starting to let the game come to her.”
Schimmel’s game-high 29 points against Memphis is the eighth game this season she has scored 20+ points in a game. She has scored in double digits in 19 straight games, just two shy of tying her career-long streak of 21 set during her freshman season.
Shoni’s sister, junior Jude Schimmel, returned to play on Sunday, after being sidelined with an ankle injury for the past two weeks. She added five points in the winning cause.
With the Sunday win, the Cardinals improve to 20-1, setting a new record for the best start to a season in program history. The previous best start was 19-1 during the 2008-09 season. Louisville is now 13-0 at home this season. The record is 17-0 during the 2006-07 season.