--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
Louisville played in a rematch of the 2018 NCAA first round. The Cardinals travelled to Idaho on Monday; taking on the Boise State Broncos.
Boise gave the Cardinals everything they could handle, and had the lead late in the second quarter. But the Cardinals ultimately prevailed in the final minute, and in the second half; securing the 74-55 victory.
Boise State scored first, and had a five point lead for nearly the first five minutes of the game. A layup from Sam Fuehring and three from Dana Evans tied the game. After that, both teams exchanged baskets for most of the rest of the first period.
Louisville trailed by one, 12-11; heading into the second quarter.
The Cardinals began to find their footing in the second half. The Cardinals had as much as a four-point lead in the period, after Asia Durr layed up a fast-break basket. But with just over two minutes left; Boise State guard Braydey
Hodgins drained a quick three-point basket; and gave the Broncos a four-point lead.
Louisville ended the period on a 7-0 run; and the 31-28 lead.
The Cardinals shot just 34 percent in the first half; and hit 50 percent from beyond the arc. They held Boise State to just 29 percent, and 38 percent from three.
Louisville pulled away in the third. The Cardinals outscored the Broncos 22-13, after a pair of runs. The first was a 9-2 run from 9:40 to 7:21. Then, Louisville went on a 10-0 run. Asia Durr hit the last basket of the quarter; a three-point jump shot that was assisted by Sam Fuehring.
Heading into the final quarter, Louisville led 53-41.
Louisville continued to maintain their lead in the fourth. The Cardinals exchanged baskets, and pulled away; eventually hitting a 19-point lead.
As to be expected, Durr led scoring; with 20 points. Arica Carter was hot off the bench; scoring 16. Fuehring was strong off the glass; and managed to grab eight rebounds.
The Cardinals open 2018-19 3-0. The Cardinals will travel to Las Vegas; and compete in the Southpoint Shootout. On Friday, the Cards will take on Arizona State at 5:30. Then, on Saturday, Louisville plays Hartford.
Louisville will play their first home game on Monday, November 26th, at 7pm; against Miami of Ohio.