louisville downs stanford, advances to lexington regional final
By Mike Gilpatrick
March 23rd, 2018
March 23rd, 2018
For the first time ever, the Louisville Cardinals played the Stanford Cardinal.
Also for the first time, the Louisville Cardinals defeated the Stanford Cardinal. Louisville advanced to the Elite 8, after their 86-59 victory. Four women were in the double-digits scoring, led by Asia Durr's 24. Sam Fuehring led the rebounding game, with 11 boards.
The game was close from the start. The first quarter had four lead changes. The longest run either team went on was a 6-0 run; only because Arica Carter and Asia Durr hit back-to-back three-pointers. Louisville shot 64.7 percent from the field, made three of six beyond the arc, and limited the Tree to just 11 attempts. The Cards forced seven turnovers, and scored seven points off of them.
Louisville led 25-19 after one.
The game continued to be close into the second. Neither team could go on a long run. Both teams shot under 50 percent. Louisville held Stanford to just 10 tries, and made 11 boards. At the end of the half, Louisville led 42-31.
Louisville shot 46.7 percent in the entire first half. The Cards were three for nine beyond the arc, and won the rebounding battle, 16-9. 18 Louisville points were in the paint. The Cards also made 10 second-chance points. Myisha Hines-Allen led all scorers with 11 points. Sam Fuehring had six rebounds.
One way to describe the Third was interesting. At one point, Stanford missed 12 field goals. They had 10 rebounds during the same time. Stanford finished with 14. The Tree made just five shots, out of 20 attempts.
That poor shooting led to Louisville's 22-14 third quarter victory. They shot only 13 shots, but made seven buckets. Louisville also hit all their free-throws. They had a comfortable 64-45 lead heading into the final quarter.
Stanford tried to shoot better in the fourth, but Louisville forced a few turnovers, and won the game on the glass. They outscored Stanford 22-14 to finish out the game.
The Cardinals will face the Oregon State Beavers; after the six-seed upset No. 2 Baylor. The game will be Sunday at noon, at Rupp Arena.
images from the game
Photos by Jared Anderson and Seth Spalding