UofLâ€™s womenâ€™s basketball team seems all but unstoppable these days. On Sunday, January 10, Asia Durr, who has been playing through a substantial injury all season, led the Cards to their ninth straight win.
The game began modestly enough for Louisville with an 8-0 run in the first quarter, but by the end of the first half, UofL had bolstered their lead with a score of 31-17. Louisvilleâ€™s aggressive-style defense forced Duke into 22 turnovers, which the Cardinals converted into 27 points. Mariya Moore and Asia Durr carried the offense, producing 15 points apiece. Myisha Hines-Allen added 14 points, five rebounds and five assists to the victory. One of the immediately apparent concerns heading into the game was facing a Duke team that paraded four starters taller than six feet onto the court.
Cortnee Walton and Erin DeGrate alleviated those fears, combining for 21 rebounds and giving the Cardinals a 42-36 edge. After an even third quarter, the lead increased even further to 61-36 due to a three-point play by Hines-Allen with 4:48 left.
Sundayâ€™s upset spoiled a homecoming for Blue Devils team member and Owensboro Catholic product, Rebecca Greenwell, a 2013 McDonaldâ€™s All American in her redshirt sophomore season at Duke. Greenwell scored a team-high 14 points, but it just wasnâ€™t enough to put a dent in UofLâ€™s ironclad lead.
The game ended 65-48 in favor of the Cardinals and their streak to the championship. VT
Photos by BILL WINE | Contributing Photographer