Posted: Feb 19, 2014 7:20 PM
Updated: Feb 19, 2014 7:21 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Sara Hammond scored 17 points, and Shoni Schimmel added 15 to lead No. 3 Louisville to an 81-62 victory over Houston on Wednesday night.
Schimmel, the school's second all-time leading scorer behind Angel McCoughtry, topped 2,000 points for her career and helped the Cardinals (26-2, 14-1 American Athletic Conference) improve to 16-0 at home. Louisville is one shy of matching its record for home wins set in 2006-07.
Marche Amerson scored 23 points and Jessieka Palmer added 16 for Houston (5-21, 1-14).
Louisville led 13-3 early, but the Cougars rallied behind Palmer, who had eight points in a 3-minute span. Amerson's two free throws cut the deficit to 17-15 and Houston kept it close until the Cardinals closed the half with an 11-3 run to take a 38-27 lead at halftime.
Louisville maintained a double-digit lead throughout the second half and improved to 6-0 at home against the Cougars.