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No. 3 Louisville women pull away from Cincinnati 75-51 to set up AAC showdown with UConn

  • Louisville guard Antonita Slaughter (4) drives against Cincinnati forward Jeanise Randolph (33) during the first half of an NCAA  college basketball game, Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

    Louisville guard Antonita Slaughter (4) drives against Cincinnati forward Jeanise Randolph (33) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)  (The Associated Press)

  • Louisville guard Shoni Schimmel (23) goes up for a shot against Cincinnati forward Shelbi Chandler (32) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

    Louisville guard Shoni Schimmel (23) goes up for a shot against Cincinnati forward Shelbi Chandler (32) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)  (The Associated Press)

  • Louisville forward Asia Taylor (31) looks to shoot against Cincinnati forward Shelbi Chandler (32) during the first half of an NCAA  college basketball game, Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

    Louisville forward Asia Taylor (31) looks to shoot against Cincinnati forward Shelbi Chandler (32) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)  (The Associated Press)

Tia Gibbs scored 17 points and No. 3 Louisville pulled away from Cincinnati in the second half for a 75-51 victory Saturday.

Antonita Slaughter added 14 points, Asia Taylor finished with 12 and Shoni Schimmel scored 10, helping keep alive Louisville's bid for a share of the inaugural American Athletic Conference championship.

The second-place Cardinals (28-2, 16-1) went into Saturday's game trailing top-ranked and conference-leading Connecticut by one game.

The two are scheduled to meet in the regular-season finale on Monday in Louisville.

The Cardinals have won five straight games since an 84-61 loss at Connecticut on February 9.

Before a crowd of 1,088 on Cincinnati's Senior Day, Bearcats' senior Jeanise Randolph had 22 points and 11 rebounds — her ninth double-double of the season and 14th of her career.

Alyesha Lovett added 15 points for Cincinnati (12-16, 5-12).