Following her team’s bruising game against Georgetown Saturday, Shoni Schimmel was flanked in the media room by Sara Hammond with a black eye and Antonita Slaughter with a bloody nose.
“We’re getting used to it,” said Shoni. “You just have to play through it.” One wonders at times, however, how someone who has just been knocked silly, still seeing spots, even makes it off the floor, then jaunts down court again as if nothing has happened.
An equally challenging proposition for the UofL women was containing Georgetown’s Sugar Rodgers, the second leading scorer in the nation with a 23.7 scoring average. That challenge would be shared by Bria Smith, Jude Schimmel and Shelby Harper, who would hold Rodgers to only six points in the game. She made only two of 17 shots, missing all seven of her three-point attempts.
Bria, who was chasing Rodgers most of the game, was credited with four blocked shots. She also had nine rebounds, three assists and a steal.
Slaughter, whose smile lights up the Yum! Center when she having a good game, continues to keep getting better. Slaughter would hit five of 10 three-point attempts and five of five free throws to lead all scorers with 22 points.
Shoni is back to her old form, playing with smarts, determination and lots of energy, turning in seven assists and contributing 15 points.
Hopeful signs from Sheronne Vails, not all them showing up the stats sheet. Two blocked shots, big for her. No turnovers.