U of L women move to 5-0 and into final

Shoni Schimmel

Freshman Megan Deines and junior Shoni Schimmel led the way on offense and Louisville played solid in a 55-42 win over Gonzaga on Wednesday night in the Hardwood Tournament of Hope

Freshman Megan Deines and junior Shoni Schimmel scored 16 points apiece but on Wednesday night it was defense that helped the University of Louisville women's basketball team to a victory in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

The Cardinals held Gonzaga to one field goal - with three seconds left - in the final eight minutes and allowed just two points to the Zags top two leading scorers in a 55-42 win in the semifinals of the Hardwood Tournament of Hope.

"We did a great job," U of L coach Jeff Walz said. "The way they played was absolutely amazing defensively. We did a great job.

"I don't know if it's bad for them or good for them, but now they have showed me they can do it. So, I am going to expect it all the time."

Deines hit 4 of 6 three-point field goals, while Schimmel had three assists and scored 13 of her 16 points in the second half.

The Cardinals never trailed in the game and moved to 5-0 for the first time since the 2008-09 season.

Louisville will now face Oregon State in the championship game of the event on Thursday at 9:30 p.m.

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