Enjoying the University of Louisville women’s basketball team’s 87-60 win over Central Arkansas on Friday were former Cardinals Asia Taylor and Tia Gibbs. Asia is currently playing for the Minnesota Linx in the Women’s National Basketball Association. Tia is playing professional basketball as well, currently with the Panathitikos franchise in Greece. They were members of the UofL team that played in the national championship game against UConn during the 2012-13 season. Sara Hammond was on hand, too.
So close that last three-point shot by Shoni Schimmel that could have sent the game into overtime, providing a second chance for the University of Louisville women’s basketball team to get back to the NCAA Final Four.
Shoni didn’t want her career to be over, having just connected on another three-pointer to pull UofL with three points with 2.5 seconds remaining. Her team had mounted a furious rally, almost overcoming a 12-point deficit with two minutes in the game.
Schimmel would play the entire 40 minutes, savoring every minute of her last game, scoring 31 points while making four assists, five rebounds and five steals. Her last shot at UofL would rise high in the air and downward, bounding off the rim, giving Maryland a 76-73 win.
Give someone a camera and plenty of access at the University of Louisville and he will find lots of happy people for a six-minute video.
Watch for cameo appearances by Russ Smith, Shoni Schimmel, Antonita Slaughter, Tia Gibbs, even Mark Hebert, director of media relations. The one who steals the show, however, is President Jim Ramsey.
Twenty-two wins now for the University of Louisville women’s basketball team. Only one loss.
Jeff Walz looking for more balanced scoring, knowing Shoni Schimmel is human, needing others to contribute. Over reliance on one player not good in a team approach.
Shoni would miss her five five shots from the field and two from the free throw line in the 79-59 win over South Florida, a team that has given UofL problems in the past. Time for her teammates to get involved. Out of the gate slowly, hitting only one of their first 11 shots.
Asia Taylor would respond, however, with three field goals and a couple of free throws, to push the Cardinals to 10-7 lead after an awkward start.
But it was Tia Gibbs, returning to her pre-injury form, who would put South Florida on the ropes, hitting five of seven shots from three-point range and four of four from the free-throw lane, leading all scores with 19 points. Shoni would add 14 points and Antonita Slaughter would contribute 12.
Jude Schimmel was all the way back, bringing her incredible energy and speed, along with six assists, three steals and a couple of points.
Tia Gibbs, starting guard on the University of Louisville women’s basketball team, will miss the remainder of the season due to injury, apparently that nagging shoulder.
According to Cardinal Couple, Gibbs underwent an MRI Wednesday to have her right shoulder checked out, the same one operated on a couple of years ago
The Vanderbilt transfer, now a junior, averaged 8.8 points and 3.9 rebounds last season. She had played only four minutes this year and will apply for a medical redshirt.
Her team defeated Eastern Kentucky 77-53 Thursday at Richmond.