Ball State women pounded by top ranked Louisville

By Rick Yencer

MUNCIE, INDIANA (NEWS) -  Ball State guard Jill Morrison looked dumbfounded after the 105-67 loss to top ranked Louisville at Worthen Arena.

"It was a really fast pace," said Morrison, who led her Cardinal team with 17 points with fellow guard Nathalie Fontaine with 14 points.

Louisville guard Shoni Schimmel also led her Cardinal team with 17 points followed by her sister, Jude with 14 points; Tia Gibbs putting 15 and Sara Hammond putting up 13 points.

 "We run and gun," said Schimmel, who has been named to three pre-season lists and set a new school record for three point scores in a season opener.

Of course, Louisville played in the NCAA championship last season, beat by  Connecticut. Ball State made it to the Sweet 16 of the WNIT.

On Tuesday,Louisville packed a big punch, running out to a 22-2 lead before Ball State even started to play. By the time the local Cardinals settled down, the visiting Cardinals were out to a 60-29 at halftime.

 While Ball State shortened that gap in the second. Louisville was just too fast, too much and too many in scoring where Ball State never seemed to have a chance.

 Schimmel said Ball State did mix up the play and showed defense despite the lopsided score. But Louisville has been on a roll in the early season at 11-1.

Ball State is still struggling at 3-6 but had dramatic turnaround last year that ended with a NIT appearance in the Sweet 16.

Sallee told the media it certainly was not the best performance by his Cardinals, but the visiting Cardinals were a fast scoring, stingy defense type of team. Besides, the Louisville team with plenty of seniors played in the national championship final last year.

Louisville coach Jeff Walz said he always liked to throw the first punch and that great lead translated to over 100 points for the seventh ranked women;s team in the nation.

Schimmel's three-point shooting at 4-9 was nearly matched by Morrison with 3-7. But Ball State did not have enough players in double figures to offset the deep bench and scoring power that Louisville offered.

Ball State womens had a tough pre-season, getting hammered last month by Pittsburgh and Evansvile along with Purdue.

 Louisville has literally mowed down its competition, with  Tuesday being the fourth 100 plus game.

Walz said the team still feels about everyone has a target on their back, and he emphaized  his Cardinals could learn from the Louisville team thst started  early and ended ended a inne..