LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville showed off just how potent it can be when Shoni Schimmel knocks down shots.
Schimmel scored 20 points, and the fifth-seeded Cardinals finished with 18 steals Sunday in beating Middle Tennessee 74-49 in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.
She was just knocking down big shots, Louisville senior forward Monique Reid said. If she’ll continue to do that, we’ll go a long way in the tournament.
Schimmel went just 1 of 5 beyond the arc, but the junior guard finished 9 for 15 overall. She also grabbed four rebounds with three steals in 36 minutes.
The Cardinals (25-8) will play No. 4 seed Purdue, a 77-43 winner over Liberty, on Tuesday night in the second round of the Oklahoma City Regional.
Oklahoma City Regional
FLORIDA STATE 60, PRINCETON 44: In Waco, Texas, Leonor Rodriguez and Morgan Toles each scored 12 points to lead the Seminoles (23-9).
BAYLOR 82, PRAIRIE VIEW A&M 40: In Waco, Texas, Brittney Griner had 33 points, 10 rebounds, six blocks and another dunk to lead the defending champion Bears.
KENTUCKY 61, NAVY 41: In New York, DaNesha Stallworth scored 18 points and Jennifer O’Neill added nine of her 12 points in the second half to lead the second-seed Wildcats.
DAYTON 96, ST. JOHN’S 90 (2OT): In New York, Andrea Hoover scored a career-high 24 points to lead the Flyers.
Brittany Wilson hit a three-pointer and Kelley Austria had a three-point play to make it 90-86 with 2:11 left in the second extra period. After St. John’s failed to score, Olivia Applewhite added a basket with 47 seconds left to seal the win.
DELAWARE 66, WEST VIRGINIA 53: In Newark, Del., Elena Delle Donne scored 33 points and led a second-half surge that carried the Blue Hens.
NORTH CAROLINA 59, ALBANY 54: In Newark, Del., Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored a career-high 30 points to lead the Tar Heels.
North Carolina trailed 48-44 with just under 10 minutes left before rallying behind Ruffin-Pratt, who scored 17 of the Tar Heels’ final 21 points.
IOWA 69, MIAMI 53: In Iowa City, Iowa, Samantha Logic had 23 points with 11 rebounds to lead the Hawkeyes (21-12).
DUKE 67, HAMPTON 51: In Durham, N.C., Tricia Liston scored 13 of her 20 points in the second half as the Blue Devils pulled away.
OKLAHOMA STATE 73, DEPAUL 56: In Durham, N.C., Toni Young scored 20 of her 25 points in the first half to lead the Cowgirls.
Liz Donohoe added 14 points for seventh-seeded Oklahoma City (22-10), which blew nearly all of a 16-point lead before taking back control with a 13-0 run. Young also grabbed 13 rebounds.
PENN STATE 85, CAL POLY 55: In Baton Rouge, La., Maggie Lucas scored 19 points, and Alex Bentley added 18 to lead the Nittany Lions (26-5).
LSU 75, GREEN BAY 71: In Baton Rouge, La., Danielle Ballard capped a 16-point performance by hitting a key free throw with 4 seconds to go to lead the Tigers (21-11).
STANFORD 72, TULSA 56: In Stanford, Calif., Chiney Ogwumike had 29 points, eight rebounds and three assists to lead the top-seeded Cardinal.
MICHIGAN 60, VILLANOVA 52: In Stanford, Calif., Kate Thompson hit a key three-pointer down the stretch and another late jumper to finish with 17 points to lead the Wolverines.