Published March 10, 2013
HARTFORD, Conn. – Sara Hammond had 22 points and 11 rebounds to help No. 13 Louisville beat St. John's 62-55 on Sunday in the Big East women's tournament quarterfinals.
The Cardinals (24-7) will face either No. 2 Notre Dame or South Florida in the semifinals Monday night.
After trailing by three at the half, Shoni Schimmel's 3-pointer gave Louisville a 32-30 lead with 16 minutes left. Hammond followed with a three-point play moments later to extend the advantage. St. John's hung around over the next 11 minutes and trailed 54-50 after Nadirah McKenith's free throws with 3:11 left.
That's as close as the Red Storm (18-12) would get as the Cardinals scored the next four points to put the game away.
Shenneika Smith scored 19 points to lead St. John's, which hopes it's done enough to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. The Red Storm are hosting the first two rounds.