Updated at: 11/21/2012 10:35 PM
(AP) PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico - Megan Deines and Shoni Schimmel each scored 16 points to help No. 7 Louisville beat Gonzaga 55-42 on Wednesday night in the semifinals of the Hardwood Tournament of Hope.
Louisville (5-0) led by eight at the half before Gonzaga cut it to 44-40 with 8:12 left. That’s as close as the Bulldogs would get as the Cardinals scored the next 11 points.
Schimmel had seven points during the burst as the Bulldogs went without a point for over 8 minutes. Danielle Walter’s layup with 2 seconds left ended the drought.
Taelor Karr led Gonzaga (5-1) with nine points. The Zags shot just 30 percent from the field.
Louisville will face Oregon State in the championship game Thursday. The Beavers beat Winthrop 68-64.
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