--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
After defeating Boise State on Monday, the Louisville Cardinals faced their toughest competition yet: 19th-ranked Arizona State; in the first game of the Southpoint Shootout in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Louisville played a close; defensive game; that ultimately came down to the wire. The Cardinals ultimately prevailed; 58-56.
Sam Fuehring was the hero of the game. She put 18 points on the board; and was one rebound shy of a double-double. She had the most points of the game. Asia Durr was behind her, with 14.
The score was tied at the end of the first; 14-14. The Cardinals’ largest lead of the period was three; which happened twice: First, at the 7:54 mark; after Durr drained a three; assisted by Arica Carter. The second was also from a deep bucket from Durr, that was assisted by Carter; with 5:46 left until the second.
Arizona state began the second period on a 4-0 run. It came after a pair of layups from Charnea Johnson-Chapman and Sophia Elenga. Fuehring made two layups and a free throw to regain the lead. The Cardinals ended the first half on an 6-0 run; and a 29-27 lead.
The Sun Devils won the third period. Kianna Ibis made a jumper 15 seconds into the period. Like the previous two periods, Louisville couldn’t gain more than a four-point lead. Arizona State scored three unanswered buckets; and led 41-37 heading into the fourth.
Dana Evans made three consecutive baskets, and Durr made a layup; for Louisville’s largest run of the game. It gave Louisville a four-point lead with 5:31 left in the game. In the last minute, Elenga made both free throws; and put the game within two. Durr made a jump shot with 49 seconds left; and Fuehring made a jump shot; giving Louisville a 54-49 lead with 26 seconds in the game.
Then, the game became more interesting. Arizona State scored three via free throws, Louisville made two, and the Devils made four more. With 10.7 seconds left, Evans stormed down the court; and passed the ball to Fuehring; who made an easy layup with two seconds left. It secured Louisville’s 58-56 victory.
Louisville shot 40.7 percent for the game. The Cardinals were 3 for 11 from beyond the arc. Louisville also connected on seven of nine free throw attempts.
The 4-0 Cardinals will face off against Hartford tomorrow at 3pm. It will be the last of five road games to open the season. Louisville will play Miami of Ohio Monday at 7, at the KFC Yum! Center.