Duke Win Makes Nine Straight Wins for Cards

UofL’s women’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. Louisville’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.

Sunday’s upset spoiled a homecoming for Blue Devils team member and Owensboro Catholic product, Rebecca Greenwell, a 2013 McDonald’s All American in her redshirt sophomore season at Duke. Greenwell scored a team-high 14 points, but it just wasn’t enough to put a dent in UofL’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

Myisha Hines- Allen broke free to the basket in the first quarter as Duke\'s Rebecca Greenwell pursued.Arica Carter elevated to take a jump shot in first quarter action. Carter played 26 minutes, had 4 rebounds, 4 points with 3 assists and 4 steals in the 65-48 victory over Duke.Erin Degrate took a contested shot in the first quarter with Duke\'s Oderah Chidom, # 22, Rebecca Greenwell, # 23 and Amber Henson, # 30 all defending the shot attempt. Degrate failed on the shot attempt however, she pulled down 5 rebounds in 7 minutes ofAsia Durr knocked down this 3-Ptr. shot in the first quarter.Erin Degrate powered up for a shot over Duke\'s Azura Stevens,# 11, during the second quarter.Myisha Hines- Allen scored on a reverse layup during the second quarter. Hines had 10 points, 5 rebounds , 4 assists and 3 steals during the first half.Asia Durr took a baseline jump shot in the second quarter. Door totaled 10 points in 12 minutes of action in the first half.Mariya Moore drove around Duke\'s Azura Stevens during the third quarter.Duke\'s Faith Suggs released a 3-Ptr. shot in the third quarter as Briahanna Jackson displayed her leaping ability to defend the shot.Myisha Hines- Allen dribbled across mid- court early in the third quarter.Head Coach Jeff Walz gave instructions during a timeout.The University Of Louisville bench celebrated on a made 3-Ptr shot in the third quarter.Asia Durr released a shot over the outstretched arms of Duke\'s Azura Stevens late in the third quarter.Myisha Hines-Allen took a 13-foot jump shot in the fourth quarter. Hines- Allen totaled 14 points,5 rebounds, 5 assists and a steal in the 65-48 victory over Duke.Taja Cole looked to set up a play early in the fourth quarter as Duke\'s Angela Salvadores  guarded the 3-Ptr. line.Asia Durr blew past the defense late in the fourth quarter to attempt this layup.Sam Fuehring put up a jump shot late in the 65-48 victory over Duke.