The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


April 10, 2013

Louisville overwhelmed by UConn for title


"You have to give credit to UConn," Jude Schimmel said. "It was like they were us in our Baylor game. Everything went right for them."

Walz had said leading up to the game that his team would have to play its best game of the season, even better than it did when knocking off defending champion Baylor and its 6-foot-8 star Brittney Griner.

Instead, Shoni Schimmel missed her first six shots and Jude Schimmel's third foul came with 9:21 still to go in the first half.

Shoni Schimmel, Louisville's leading scorer averaging better than 14 points, finished 3-of-15 shooting for nine points. Jude Schimmel scored seven.

Defensively, Louisville seemed powerless to stop Breanna Stewart, who scored 23.

"She's a tremendous athlete. She's a freak of nature," Hammond said of Stewart. "She's got a wing span that's close to Brittney Griner's, I think, and she's a hard matchup. She can shoot the 3, she can take you off the dribble or post you up, so she did a tremendous job."

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 18 for UConn, including five 3s. Kelly Faris made four 3s and scored 16 points.

"They just made big shot after big shot," Walz said.

Yet Walz will have many of his players back. Shoni Schimmel and Slaughter are juniors, Hammond, Smith and Jude Schimmel just sophomores.

"We're not going to hang our heads. We did the unthinkable," Slaughter said. "So we're just going to work through the summer and just come back next year and get better."

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