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WOMEN'S COLLEGE HOOPS: Schimmel hits 2,000-point mark

Louisville's Shoni Schimmel topped the 2,000-point mark Wednesday night.

She scored 15 points in the third-ranked Cardinals' 81-62 home win over Houston.

The senior guard from Franklin High, who is second on the school's all-time scoring list behind Angel McCoughtry, added a team-high eight rebounds.

Louisvllle improved to 26-2, 14-1 in the American Athletic Conference.

Houston fell to 5-21, 1-14.

The Cougars trailed 28-17 at the half. A 21-8 run in the second half gave the Cards a 76-50 lead with 4:18 left.

''It's a great honor, just to be up there with Angel McCoughtry,'' Schimmel said. ''It's an accomplishment, and being a basketball player, it's something special to me.''

Sara Hammond, a junior who led Louisville with 17 points, said of Schimmel: ''The way she passes the ball, the way she shoots the ball, she can do it all. If she's having maybe a bad shooting night, she can still affect the game the way she passes the ball and draws defenses to her.''

Schimmel was only 1 of 5 on 4-pointers against Houston. She was 4 of 7 from 2-point range and made 4 of 5 free throws, with three assists, one turnover, one block and one steal in 33 minutes.

''She comes to the gym every day, she loves to play the game, and I think that's what separates your top tier players,'' Louisville coach Jeff Walz said. ''They love to play every day. If Shoni could stay in the gym all day long, I think she would.''