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January 26, 2014

Shoni lights up Memphis for new record




Louisville senior guard Shoni Schimmel was named ESPNW and American Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday after she lit up Memphis for nine threes during Louisville's 88-61 win Sunday.

"It feels great," Schimmel said. "My teammates did a great job of getting me the ball so for me to do the easy part and just shoot, it felt pretty awesome. I was smiling a lot."

Schimmel hit six threes in a row during her first-half scoring spree. She tied her own single game school record with eight first-half threes and then broke the record with one more three in the second half.

"When she gets open looks in rhythm, within in the offense, Shoni can shoot the ball very well," coach Jeff Walz said. "It's when she's trying to create off the dribble - dribbling left, dribbling right, doing all this shaking and then throwing it up - those are the ones that don't normally go in that often for her. If it's within in the offense and she's stepping in to ball reversal, she shoots it at a very high percentage."

Schimmel averaged 27 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3 assists for Louisville last week as the Cardinals improved to 8-0 in the American Athletic Conference and 19-1 overall. She currently leads in the nation in made three-pointers per game with 3.75.

She finished the week shooting 63.3 percent (19-for-30) from the field and 69.6 percent (16-for-23) from 3-point range. She hit 8 of 9 in the first half against Memphis.

"Yea, they just felt like they were going in," Schimmel said. "I knew in my mind, `That's a good shot.' So for me to just keep that mindset throughout that time frame- they just kept going in."

Against Houston, Schimmel scored 25 points while going 7 of 11 from behind the 3-point line. She also pulled down a season-high eight rebounds and dished out five assists.



HENDERSON HONORED
Freshman Emmonnie Henderson was named to the weekly honor role after averaging 14.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game last week. Henderson scored career-highs in back-to-back games last week against Houston and Memphis. Against Houston, Henderson scored a career-high 14 points and pulled down seven rebounds. She finished the game shooting 6 of 9 from the field. She also dished out two assists and grabbed three steals. Against Memphis, Henderson tied her career-high with 14 points and pulled down two rebounds. She went 4 of 5 from the field and 4 of 4 from the foul line against the Tigers.


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