LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Shoni Schimmel scored 27 points and Sara Hammond added 22 as No. 5 Louisville beat Central Florida 75-56 on Wednesday night for its 10th straight victory.
Bria Smith added 10 points as the Cardinals (17-1, 5-0 American Athletic Conference) matched their best 18-game start since the 2009 season. This victory took work throughout as Louisville overcame a slow start to build a 23-point lead early in the second half, a cushion that came in handy after the determined Knights (8-8, 1-4) rallied to within 66-55 with 2Â½ minutes remaining.
Schimmel was just 8 of 22 from the field and 5 of 14 from 3-point range, but made several baskets including one from long range with 40 seconds left to seal the game. The senior guard overtook Jazz Covington for third place on the Cardinals' career scoring list.
Sara Djassi scored 28 points for the Knights, who shot 35 percent.
WEST VIRGINIA 73, No. 13 IOWA STATE 59
AMES, Iowa (AP) - Linda Stepney scored 16 points and West Virginia upset Iowa State in Ames for the second straight season.
West Virginia (15-2, 4-1 Big 12) hit seven 3-pointers in the first half and was 12 of 30 overall.
Iowa State (14-2, 3-2) cut the lead to six, 59-53 on a 3-pointer by Jadda Buckley with 6:57 left to play, but Stepney scored a layup and 3-pointer back-to-back to push the lead back to 11 points and was 4 of 4 from the free throw line in the final 1:28 to put the game away.
Bria Holmes and Christal Caldwell finished with 12 and 11 points, respectively, for the Mountaineers.
Hallie Christofferson had 21 points to lead the Cyclones, which lost its second straight game. Buckley added another 15.
MICHIGAN 65, No. 22 PURDUE 49
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Madison Ristovski scored 17 points and Michigan never trailed, knocking off Purdue on the road.
Ristovski was 5 of 9 from the field for the Wolverines (12-5, 3-1 Big Ten), connecting on 3 of 5 from long-range.
Michigan jumped to an 8-0 lead in the opening minutes of the game. Purdue battled back to twice cut the lead to a point, but the Wolverines took control with an 18-8 run capped by a Ristovski jumper.
The Wolverines pushed the lead to 42-29 on a Ristovski layup just over four minutes into the second half.
Siera Thompson and Shannon Smith each contributed 12 points for the Wolverines and Cyesha Goree added eight points and 14 rebounds.
The Boilermakes (11-5, 1-3) shot just 30 percent from the field and were led by the 12-point effort of April Wilson. Liza Clemons added 10 points.