cards shock irish, basketball world
By Mike Gilpatrick
January 11th, 2018
January 11th, 2018
No one expected this. Everyone thought this would be a close game. It wasn’t.
This team is special.
The No. 3 Louisville Cardinals entered Thursday’s matchup 18-0. They left Thursday’s matchup 19-0. The win was against the second team in the nation, Notre Dame. What’s more impressive, however, is Louisville dominated the Irish by 33; 100-67. Louisville had as much as a 41-point lead. Two women had more than 30 points: Asia Durr and Myisha Hines-Allen. Hines-Allen also had 12 rebounds. Jazmine Jones also was in double-digits scoring.
The game started fast and furious. Louisville had the lead within three minutes. The Cards went on a 16-2 run within the first five minutes. They sank almost every shot they took. Asia Durr had 11 within the first five minutes. When she connected on that jumper, she gave Louisville a double-digit lead over the No. 2 team in the nation. That lead would grow to 17. The Cards sank 14 of 19 shots, including five of seven threes. After one, Louisville led 33-16
Louisville had struggled with maintaining a high-tempo offense past the first period for the past few games. The trend looked like it would continue. Louisville’s first three points came via free-throw. The Cards scored just seven in the first half of the quarter.
Then, Myisha Hines-Allen hit a layup, and sparked the offense. Louisville went on an 16-2 run to end the first half. The Cards had doubled Notre Dame’s point total, and had a 56-28 lead after two.
Louisville held Notre Dame to 40 percent. They out-rebounded Notre Dame 20-9. Eight boards belonged to Hines-Allen. The forward also scored 19. Louisville’s top scorer was Asia Durr, who had 20.
The dominance continued. Notre Dame began the period outscoring Louisville. But within the last five minutes, Louisville went on another long run, this time 9-2. Over the period, Louisville extended their lead Against the No. 2 team in the nation. Asia Durr sank a three at the buzzer, putting the Cards up by 39 entering the fourth quarter. It was 85-46 Louisville.
Louisville already won the game. They just had to play the last quarter to finalize the score. Hines-Allen and Durr were pulled from the game, with 31 and 36 points, respectively. Bionca Dunham made a layup with 1:31 to put Louisville in triple-digits.
The Cards are 19-0. It’s extended their longest streak, and best start, in program history. They’re about to enter a week-long and well-earned break. They return to action next Thursday, in Pittsburgh, to take on the Panthers.