No. 4 Louisville beats Florida State in OT, 69-59

By Gary B. Graves, Associated Press | Posted - Nov. 24, 2013 at 2:50 p.m.



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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Asia Taylor scored six points in overtime along with an assist that helped No. 4 Louisville pull away for a 69-59 victory over Florida State on Sunday.

Shoni Schimmel added a 3-pointer en route to 21 points as the Cardinals (6-0) outscored the Seminoles (4-1) 15-5 in the extra session of a tense game that served as a preview to the schools' likely rivalry when Louisville joins the Atlantic Coast Conference next season.

FSU rallied from a 46-38 deficit to take a 54-50 lead with 1:14 left in regulation and appeared to be in control before Louisville's Tia Gibbs made two free throws and Jude Schimmel made a key steal and layup to tie the game with 24.3 seconds left.

Louisville opened overtime with a 10-2 run including Taylor's baskets and Antonita Slaughter's layup before Schimmel sealed it with her fifth shot from beyond the arc.

Natasha Howard scored 13 points for FSU but fouled out with 41.2 seconds left in regulation to set up Gibbs' free throws.

Yashira Delgado scored 10 of her 12 points after intermission and had a chance to win it for the Seminoles at the end of regulation. Her 3-point attempt missed and was rebounded by Jude Schimmel, who dribbled upcourt but couldn't get off a shot in the final seconds.

Louisville nonetheless had extra life and took full advantage in overtime to settle a contest featuring big momentum swings by both teams.

The Cardinals also won on a day they shot just 36 percent overall (24 of 66) including 8 of 28 in the first half. But they were solid with five extra minutes, hitting 6 of 10 thanks to Taylor, who finished with eight points and eight rebounds.

Louisville also forced 26 turnovers leading to 29 points and keyed a comeback from a 15-point deficit. The result was the Cardinals' second OT win in three games and the fitting end to a rewarding week for them and coach Jeff Walz.

Last Sunday the Cardinals beat Oklahoma in overtime to win the preseason WNIT title. Walz became Louisville's winningest coach on Thursday night and Sunday's game was preceded by a raising of the banner recognizing last year's NCAA runner-up finish to Connecticut.

The Cardinals' amazing run last spring was highlighted by a regional semifinal upset of defending champion and No. 1 Baylor despite missing several injured regulars such as Taylor and Gibbs, both of whom have returned to provide Walz his deepest roster in years.

But Louisville faced a formidable obstacle against a Seminoles squad that has thrived in the paint. FSU's post duo of 6-foot-3 forward Howard and 6-1 freshman Ivey Slaughter certainly provided problems on both ends early on for the Cardinals, whose 2-of-10 shooting helped dig a 19-4 hole that made 10,045 restless.

As Louisville went scoreless for 5:42 against an FSU defense that cut off passing lanes and forced turnovers, the Seminoles began 8 of 14 from the field against a variety of defenses.

Momentum began shifting on Jude Schmimel's 3-pointer with 11:08 remaining that started Louisville's 21-10 run to close the half. FSU cooled off to just 4 of 16 shooting after that solid start and became mistake prone, committing many of its 13 first-half turnovers that allowed the Cardinals to climb back in.

Though the Cardinals shot just 8 of 28 (29 percent) through 20 minutes, Antonita Slaughter's 3-pointer from the right corner was a sign that their fortunes were changing. Shoni Schimmel followed with the first of four from the beyond the arc _ one that provided Louisville's first lead at 30-29 early in the second half while another tied it at 36.

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Gary B. Graves

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