LOUISVILLE, KY.– Despite a career high from Gillian Abshire (Washington, D.C.) with 20 points and a career high from Nikoline Ostergaard (Vedbaek, Denmark) with 14 points, as well as holding Preseason Wooden Award Nominee Shoni Schimmel to 1-for-13 shooting, the Quinnipiac Bobcats fell to nationally-ranked No. 5 Louisville on Monday night in the Preseason WNIT, 100-82. With the victory Louisville moves on to the semifinals to face LSU while Quinnipiac will play in a consolation bracket that is to be determined.
After both teams won their opening round games, Quinnipiac and Louisville would battle for a spot in the Preseason WNIT Semifinals. Quinnipiac was coming off a 30 win season while Louisville was coming off a 29 win season and a National Championship Game appearance.
Louisville was able to force 22 first half turnovers scoring 21 points off of them and the Cardinals were able to build an 18 point halftime lead. Sara Hammond was dominant down low for the Cardinals in the first half scoring 16 points on 5 for 7 shooting while Antonita Slaughter was 3-5 from beyond the arc and scored 11 points before halftime. The turnovers would be the reason why Louisville was able to build a double digit lead.
The Bobcats were right with the Cardinals down low, scoring 20 first half points in the paint. Abshire was the leading scorer for the Bobcats at the half with nine points. Quinnipiac shot 50 percent from the field, but because of the turnovers found themselves behind 56-38 at the half.
In the second half, Quinnipiac was right with No. 5 Louisville. The Bobcats cut the turnovers down to six in the second half and were even in scoring in the second half. Both teams ended up scoring 44 second half points. After shooting 6-13 from the line, the free throw shooting improved with the Bobcats going 11-14 in the second half. The Bobcats completely shut down Schimmel in the second half as she ended up going 0-8 from the field. The Bobcats also held first half leading scorer in Sara Hammond to four second half points but were unable to cut enough into the Louisville lead.
Abshire finished with a career high 20 points and also had three assists while Ostergaard had a career high 14 points and had 3 rebounds. Brittany McQuain (Independence, MO) had nine points and 12 rebounds on the night. McQuain now sits at 995 career points and 811 career rebounds.
The Bobcats await their next opponent as they will be playing in a consolation game of the Preseason WNIT.
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