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Mel Evans, Associated Press
Louisville's Bria Smith (21) takes a shot as Rutgers' Briyona Canty tries to block her path during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Piscataway, N.J., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Erica Wheeler scored 23 points, including an off-balance 3-pointer with the shot clock running out in overtime, and No. 8 Rutgers beat 16th-ranked Louisville 71-68 on Saturday.

Trailing 68-67, Wheeler corraled the rebound off a miss from Khadijah Rushdan and dribbled out to the 3-point line. She barely recognized the shot clock was down to its last tick before turning around and connecting with 1:12 left in the extra period.

The Scarlet Knights (15-2, 4-0 Big East) forced a shot clock violation on the other end. After Monique Oliver's lay-in rolled off the rim with 13 seconds left, Louisville had one last chance to tie it, but Bria Smith's drive came up short and Rushdan seal the win with a free throw with 1.2 seconds left.

Freshman Shawnta' Dyer led the Cardinals (14-4, 3-2) with a season-high 16 points.