HARTFORD, Conn. -- Shoni Schimmel scored 15 of her 20 points in the first half and Louisville (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today, No. 20 AP) beat Villanova 63-47 on Saturday night in the second round of the Big East tournament.
Asia Taylor added 13 points for the Cardinals (22-8), who will face St. John's (No. 21 ESPN/USA Today, No. 18 AP) in the quarterfinals on Sunday.Leading 38-33 early in the second half, Louisville went on a 22-8 run over the next 13 minutes to take control. Taylor got the burst started with back-to-back layups. Then Shawnta' Dyer took over scoring seven of her nine points during the spurt. Bria Smith capped the run with a 3-pointer that made it 60-41 with 3:53 left.A back and forth first half saw Villanova take a 29-26. After the Wildcats committed a foul with 2.9 seconds left, Schimmel hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to tie the game at 29.Laura Sweeney had 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead Villanova.