Hammond leads #5 Cards over Quinnipiac 100-82

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Sara Hammond had 20 points and 11 rebounds and No. 5 Louisville forced 28 turnovers in a 100-82 victory over Quinnipiac in a second-round game of the preseason WNIT on Monday night.
Hammond's energy on both ends of the court and 7-of-9 shooting helped the junior forward post her second consecutive double-double. This time, Hammond was critical in helping Louisville (2-0) stay safely ahead of a Quinnipiac squad that always seemed to be on the brink of mounting a run.
The Bobcats trailed 82-68 with about 6 minutes remaining but got no closer as the Cardinals made timely baskets and hit free throws down the stretch.
Antonita Slaughter had 19 points and Jude Schimmel added 16 for the Cardinals, who were 34 of 71 from the field (47.9 percent).
Louisville will host No. 14 LSU in Thursday night's semifinal.
Gillian Abshire had 20 points for Quinnipiac (1-1).
Asia Taylor had 12 points as every Louisville player scored. One Cardinal who struggled from the field was senior guard Shoni Schimmel, who shot just 1 of 13 but contributed 11 assists and five rebounds.
The Cardinals scored 30 points off turnovers and outscored the Bobcats 46-38 in the paint.
Hammond's double-double comes off her 11-point, 11-rebound effort in Louisville's 101-54 rout of Loyola Chicago on Saturday.
Louisville came in pretty strong from that game. Bria Smith's 16 points led six Cardinals in double figures in a game they shot a respectable 47 percent from the field while holding the Ramblers to just 29 percent.
Cardinals coach Jeff Walz no doubt wanted to maintain that momentum, which the Cardinals did in some respects against a Quinnipiac squad that advanced by beating North Carolina A&T 77-63 on Friday.
Louisville forced 22 turnovers leading to 21 points and shot 20 of 39 from the field (51.3 percent) en route to a 56-38 halftime lead that took more work than the Cardinals preferred.
Quinnipiac hit seven of its 12 shots and outhustled the Cardinals for a 7-5 rebounding edge through 9 1-2 minutes, but they were already down 31-17 as Louisville hit 11 of 16 from the field and were much better from beyond the arc.
Quinnipiac missed its first eight from long range before Abshire and Adily Martucci hit consecutive 3-pointers with about 5 minutes remaining in the first half, which became moot as Slaughter sandwiched 3s around another basket by Tia Gibbs for a 48-29 lead.
Hammond had 16 points and Slaughter 11 in the first half.

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