LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Jude Schimmel's steal and layup with 24 seconds remaining gave No. 9 Louisville a 47-45 victory over No. 15 Texas A&M Friday night.
With the game tied at 45, A&M tried to inbound the ball at midcourt and Schimmel swooped in to grab it and put Louisville ahead.
Kelsey Bone had a chance to tie it but missed a layup with 11 seconds remaining. Sara Hammond got the rebound for the Cardinals, drawing a foul.
The sophomore missed the front end of a one-and-one and the Aggies got the ball, but Alexia Standish missed a shot in the lane in the final seconds and the Cardinals tied up the loose ball to seal the victory.
Hammond had 20 points and 13 rebounds for Louisville, while senior center Monique Reid added 10 points in her first game since sustaining a season-ending knee injury last December.
Shoni Schimmel added eight points for the Cardinals, who shot 39.6 percent and improved to 21-17 in season openers. Louisville also won its second in three games against Texas A&M.
Bone's 14 points led the Aggies, who shot 31.6 percent and committed 24 turnovers.
After a ragged first half in which Texas A&M trailed 31-21, the Aggies came out sharper in the second and slowly cut into the lead. After scoring seven straight points to close within 37-30 with 10:49 remaining, they followed with a 12-4 run capped by Bone's two free throws for a 42-41 lead, their first since leading 5-4 after 3 1/2 minutes.
But for those first 20 minutes it looked as if Schimmel and Hammond would comprise Louisville's offense.
They combined for Louisville's first 17 points with Hammond scoring nine on a combination of drives and follows. Schimmel contributed short to medium range shots that helped counter Texas A&M man's pressure.
The Aggies stayed close for about 10 minutes running few plays through 6-foot-4 Bone.
The momentum changed when Reid entered the game with 8:46 remaining in the first half.
That brought a big cheer from the crowd along with some energy to the Cardinals. And any questions about rustiness or mobility were answered 31 seconds later when she quickly drove to the basket to give Louisville a 19-13 lead and another scoring option.
After a Hammond follow, Reid by scored the next two baskets before a Hammond drive provided a 27-13 lead to cap a 13-0 run that forced the Aggies to call timeout.
Texas A&M struggled against Louisville's man-to-man defense, committing 17 turnovers. Bone finished the half with 10 points but the Aggies shot just 9 of 21 (42.9 percent).
Louisville was slightly better (43.8 percent) thanks to Hammond, Schimmel and Reid, who combined to shoot 13 for 22. The other Cardinals were 1 for 10.
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