Former Franklin High star Shoni Schimmel's team-high 24 points helped No. 5 Louisville beat host Rutgers 80-71 Tuesday night for the Cardinals' 14th consecutive victory.

Louisville improved to 21-1, 9-0 in the American Athletic Conference.

But the Cards trailed 48-42 five minutes into the second half at Piscataway, N.J., before Schimmel and Sara Hammond took over.

Schimmel launched a 22-9 run with a 3-pointer. Hammond had eight consecutive points in the flurry.

Schimmel, a senior guard, was 4 of 13 on 3s, giving her 20 made in the past three games, which ties Iowa's Melissa Dixon for the most by any player over a three-game span this season.

Schimmel was 3 for 3 on 2-pointers and 6 of 7 at the free-throw line. She also had four assists, two blocks, one steal and five turnovers in 38 minutes.

Rutgers (15-5, 6-3 AAC) battled back to within three points with just under five minutes to go, but the Cardinals never relinquished the lead against last year's NCAA runner-up.

"We definitely have matured as a team going through our run last year," Schimmel said. "We learned a lot from it. For us, take it a basket at a time instead of trying to hit a home run shot."

Jude Schimmel, Shoni's sister, came off the bench for 19 minutes for Louisville but did not score and was 0 for 1 from the field.

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