St. John's women lose to No. 13 Louisville

St. John's Shenneika Smith drives past Duke's Ka'lia St. John's Shenneika Smith drives past Duke's Ka'lia Johnson during the first half. (March 24, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Antonita Slaughter scored 22 points and No. 13 Louisville reeled off eight unanswered points to overtake St. John's 57-54 Sunday for its third straight win.

Trailing 52-49, Slaughter made two free throws with 5:22 left. Neither team scored until Sara Hammond's two foul shots put the Cardinals (17-4, 5-2 Big East) on top with 3:05 to go.

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Hammond hit two more free throws and Bria Smith's layup gave Louisville a five-point cushion with 1:45 remaining.

Two free throws by the Red Storm's Shenneika Smith made it 57-54 with 42 seconds showing. She then blocked a Shoni Schmimmel jumper, but missed a 3-pointer with 9 seconds left. After an Aliyyah Handford steal, Nadirah McKenith missed a 3-point try at the buzzer.

The Cardinals hit 21 of 25 free throws compared to 7 of 15 for St. John's.

Shenneika Smith scored 23 as the Red Storm (9-9, 3-3) dropped their third straight.

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