--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photos by Seth Spalding and Jared Anderson
The Louisville Cardinals women’s basketball team played a tough game against Nebraska, for the first three quarters.
Louisville defeated the 2-3 Cornhuskers 85-68. The Cornhuskers played close in three quarters of the game, before Louisville pulled away late in the third.
But the Cardinals notched their seventh consecutive victory to open 2018-19. Asia Durr was a crucial part of the win, and led all scorers with 25 points and 8 assists. Sam Fuehring led the Cardinals with 10 rebounds.
"Defensively, we've got some room to continue to improve." Louisville head coach Jeff Walz said after the game. "You can't get beat back door, but unfortunately it was a common theme for us in the first half."
Nebraska proved to be tough in the first quarter. The Huskers hit 54.5 percent from the field, and had one three-point basket. Nebraska had the lead as late as 4:51 in the period. Then, Kylee Shook hit a pair of jumpers, and Sam Fuehring hit a layup to end the period on a 6-0 run. The Cardinals hit 56.3 percent from the field, and were one of five from beyond the arc.
Heading into the second, Louisville led 21-14.
The second was also tight. Louisville only outscored Nebraska by two, after a last-second jump shot from Dana Evans. The Cardinals hit 47 percent from the field, and only made one of four three-pointers. Louisville also shot only 40 percent from the free-throw line. But at the half, Louisville led 40-31.
Durr scored eight points in the third period. For most of it, it was back and forth. The Cardinals put up a few mini-runs, and hit 6 of 8 from the free-throw line. The Cardinals shot 43.8 percent for the quarter. Meanwhile, Louisville was strong on three-point defense; holding Nebraska to just three field goals from beyond the arc out of nine attempts. Nebraska shot 35.3 percent overall. Entering the fourth quarter, Louisville led 62-50.
Louisville pulled away in the fourth, but Nebraska also went on a run. The Cardinals went on a 12-1 lasting over two minutes. Then, Nebraska went on a 9-0 run, lowering Louisville's 24-point lead to just 15. But the Cardinals won the fourth quarter 23-18.
Louisville shot 51.6 percent for the game. They hit 7 of 20 from three, and 12 of 20 from the free-throw line. Nebraska shot 42.3 percent from the field, and 33.3 percent from three. The Huskers were 75 percent from the line.
Durr's eight assists were a career high for the star guard.
"Every time I drove, there was like two, three girls stepping up." Durr said about her career night in assists "So my teammates spotted up. We can all score so that's what I was trying to do. They shot the ball."
Louisville will host Tennessee State on Sunday at 2pm. The game is on ACC Network Extra. Tickets are also as low as $11.00.