- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - South Florida has a bright future, but that doesn’t immediately ease the pain after a tough loss.

Jude Schimmel scored 13 points, Myisha Hines-Allen added 12 and No. 3 seed Louisville reached its third consecutive NCAA Sweet 16 by beating No. 6 seed South Florida 60-52 on Monday night.

“They’re hurting because the goal was to finish our season here in Tampa at the Final Four from the very beginning,” USF coach Jose Fernandez said.

Courtney Williams had 25 points for South Florida (27-8). It was the 20th time she scored 20 or more this season.

South Florida didn’t have a senior and just two juniors, including Williams, in it’s starting lineup.

“We’re ready,” Williams said. “Now we’ve got to go get it back together during the summertime, and we’re back at it all over again. I think everybody has to have a great summer. We can’t just be complacent with where we’re at now.”

The 5-foot-6 Schimmel scored eight of her points over the final 3 minutes, including six in the last 69 seconds.

“Size, it’s just a number,” Louisville coach Jeff Walz said. “You can’t measure a kid’s heart, OK, and her heart is as big as anybody’s out there.”

Louisville (27-6) will face Dayton in the round of 16.

Schimmel had an in-close basket and set up Hines-Allen’s layup to put Louisville ahead 50-47 with 2:25 remaining. Bria Smith made it 52-47 with two free throws after a USF turnover.

Williams and Alisia Jenkins made layup during a 6-0 spurt that gave South Florida a 47-46 lead with 5 minutes to play.

“We expended a lot of energy to get that lead,” Fernandez said. “At that point in time, that’s where you’ve got to close.”

Sara Hammond had a basket and Hines-Allen followed with a layup as Louisville took a 34-26 lead 2 1-2 minutes in the second half.

The Bulls scored six consecutive points, keyed by two free throws by Williams after Mariya Moore was given a technical foul after a video review, to get within 37-34 with 13 minutes to play.

Shawnta’ Dyer had eight of her 10 points off the bench to help Louisville go up 28-23 at halftime.

Moore and Schimmel both had 3-pointers during an early 10-0 run that put Louisvile ahead 12-2. It was the Cardinals’ 75th run this season of 8-0 or larger. Moore finished with 11 points.

South Florida responded with a 12-2 surge, including a pair of 3’s by Laura Ferreira, to tie it 14-14 only 7 1-2 minutes in.

TIP-INS

Louisville: Walz is 20-6 in NCAA Tournament games. … The Cardinals have had success previously in advancing when a No. 3 seed, reaching the championship game in 2009 and the Elite Eight last year. … Louisville is 27-4 all-time against South Florida. … Hines-Allen scored 19 in the first-round 86-53 win over BYU.

South Florida: This was the Bulls’ third NCAA tourney appearance and highest seed. … USF is 2-3 in NCAA tourney games. … South Florida just missed reaching the Sweet 16 in 2013 when California beat the Bulls 82-78 in overtime of a second-round game. … Williams played the second half with a sore knee.

UP NEXT

South Florida’s season ends.

Louisville is making its sixth overall Sweet 16 appearance.

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