#3 Louisville Remains Undefeated Beating #17 Duke 66-60
On Thursday night, the #3 ranked Louisville Cardinals continued their hot streak taking down the #17 ranked Duke Blue Devils 66-60 in the Yum Center. The win marked the longest win streak in school history as the Cardinals moved to 17-0.
The first half was a record breaking one for Duke, as they got off to a hot shooting start going 80% from the field in the first quarter setting a new school record for the best field goal shooting percentage in a quarter. Shockingly, they were still down 26-16 at the end of the first quarter.
It was a scary scene in the Yum Center during the second quarter when star guard Asia Durr was carried off the floor by Louisville training staff with an ankle injury. The Blue Devils were unable to capitalize on Durr’s absence as the Cardinals we’re able to walk into the locker room with a 10 point lead at halftime. After the game Coach Jeff Walz joked about the Cardinals first half saying “I got a text from the concession stands saying ‘hey, stop scoring so people will come buy some food,” Coach Walz said jokingly. “The first half no one wanted to leave their seats.” (source)
The second half was tougher for the Cardinals, as they only made 7 of 26 shots going 27% from the field. The Blue Devils were able to cut the game to 3 points at 63-60 before missing their final three shots allowing Louisville to pull off the 6 point victory.
After the game, Jeff Walz voiced his displeasure after the Cardinals almost let Duke steal a victory, “We allowed wide open shots like we didn’t even guard, and that wasn’t the plan,” he said. “If you want to try it once to try and psych somebody out, then fine, but when they make it, you might want to guard them after that and we never even made an attempt.” (source)
Overall, the game felt promising for Duke as they were able to hang with Lousiville despite a bad game from Lexie Brown (2 for 12 from the field, 8 points) and no Rebecca Greenwell. Haley Gorecki lead the way for the Blue Devils with 25 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds. Duke will be looking to bounce back at home against NC State this Sunday.
For the Cardinals, Asia Durr ended up finishing with a team high 22 points and Myisha Hines-Allen notched a double double putting up 13 points and 10 rebounds. The Cardinals will be looking to keep their record breaking win streak going when they host Virginia Tech at home this Sunday.