Louisville defends home floor to advance

By The Sports Network
March 24, 2013 - 4:03pm

Louisville, KY (Sports Network) - Shoni Schimmel scored 20 points and Bria Smith finished with a double-double as the fifth-seed Louisville Cardinals ran past the 12th-seed Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, 74-49, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the KFC Yum! Center.

Smith had 10 points to match 10 rebounds and also handed out six assists and collected four steals for Louisville (25-8) which takes on Purdue, also at the KFC Yum! Center, on Tuesday. Monique Reid tallied 15 points off the bench and Jude Schimmel had 11 points, five assists and five steals, also as a reserve.

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