Women’s Basketball: #3 Louisville hosts #1 UConn Monday night!


Press release from UofL:

The third ranked Cardinals will host top ranked Connecticut in the KFC Yum! Center on Monday night at 7:00 p.m. The game is part of ESPN’s Big Monday and will air on ESPN2. It can also be heard live on the Cards Radio with Matt Andrews and Adrienne Johnson, carried locally on WKRD 790 AM.

The Cardinals enter the game with an overall record of 28-2 and a league record of 16-1. Tia Gibbs scored 17 points as the Cardinals beat the Bearcats 75-51 Saturday in Fifth Third Arena. Antonita Slaughter added 14 points, Asia Taylor finished with 12 and Shoni Schimmel scored 10, helping keep alive Louisville’s bid for a share of the American Athletic Conference championship.

Louisville is led in scoring by Schimmel, who averages 17.2 points per game. Taylor ranks second on the team in scoring with 11.4 points per game. Sara Hammond rounds out the top scorers with 11.2 points per game. Taylor leads the team in rebounding, grabbing 7.2 boards per game. Hammond is second on the team in rebounding with 6.5 boards per game.

Top ranked UConn enters the game with an overall record of 30-0 and a league record of 16-0. Breanna Stewart scored 20 points and had 10 rebounds and Bria Hartley scored 20 points to lead the Huskies to a 72-35 win over Rutgers on Saturday. Moriah Jefferson had nine points, five rebounds and four assists and Stefanie Dolson had six points and 10 rebounds. Kiah Stokes added 11 rebounds. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, who missed the previous four games with mononucleosis, returned and scored seven points in 27 minutes.

All five UConn starters average double figures. Stewart leads the team with 19.4 points per game. Hartley ranks second on the team in scoring with 16.7 points per game. Dolson leads the team on the boards with 9.1 rebounds per game while averaging 12.6 points per game. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis ranks fourth on the team in scoring with 11.9 points per game. Jefferson rounds outthe top scorers with 10.1 points per game.

UConn leads the series 14-1 against the Cardinals. The Huskies defeated Louisville 81-64 in the first meeting this season.

A limited amount of $5 tickets remain for the game. It is also Senior Night for seniors Tia GibbsShoni SchimmelAntonita Slaughter and Asia Taylor. Head Coach Jeff Walz and the Cardinals will hold a pregame ceremony for all four seniors in their final regular season home game at the KFC Yum! Center.

The game is also Native American Appreciation Night, to honor some of Louisville’s most dedicated fans. The first 500 fans will receive a free turquoise shirt. There will be a team autograph session following the game in the Woodford Reserve Lounge on the North End of the Main Concourse. The line for the autographs will form at Section 111. One item per fan and no photos with the players and they will sign until the line is gone.

You can follow the Louisville women’s basketball team on Twitter and Instagram at @UofLWBB and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/UofLWBB.

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