In case you missed it, another University of Louisville basketball team is moving forward in NCAA tournament action. Next stop is Baylor in the Sweet 16 Sunday at Oklahoma City.
Sara Hammond, displaying a new level of toughness, was the battering ram in a decisive 76-63 win over a Purdue, a game in which the Lady Cards led from the opening tip to the closing horn. Heeding Jeff Walz call for her to get physical, Hammond muscled her way through a smothering Purdue defense, collecting a game-leading 21 points, including eight of 14 field goal attempts and a three-pointer, while leading her team with 10 rebounds.
Antonita Slaughter would finally find her range again, sinking three three-pointers on her way to 16 points. Shoni Schimmel was good for three more and a total of 14 points.
Bria Smith is doing quite well, thank you, after twice getting clobbered, knocked to the floor, lying there several minutes but somehow managing to return to action. Don’t let anyone tell you the women’s game isn’t physical.
The Lady Cards out-shot and out-rebounded Purdue, turning their 38-32 edge on the boards into 24 second-chance points. They got 33 points off Purdue’s 22 turnovers while improving their record to 26-8.