--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Seth Spalding
Asia Durr dropped 31 points and led all scorers; leading the Louisville Cardinals to a close 71-68 victory over the Central Michigan Chippewas.
The Louisville guard hit 55.6 percent from the field, and made 10 of 11 free-throws. The only detractor from her performance was her 1 for 7 shots made beyond the arc.
Overall, the Cardinals hit 43.5 percent for the game. They hit just 4 of 19 from three, and made 13 of 16 form the free-throw line. CMU out-shot Louisville, and made 44.8 percent. They also were better from three.
The first period proved to be close. The Cardinals led 21-17 after the period, despite the 52.9 percent shooting performance. Both teams played even. The largest Louisville lead was six points, and came after Dana Evans made a jump-shot that was assisted by Sam Fuehring with 2:39 left in the period.
Both teams scored 11 to close out the first half. Louisville’s shooting was not good. The Cardinals made just five field goals, and missed all five three-point attempts. Central Michigan also was not good, and made five of twelve, with one of five from three.
Central Michigan outscored Louisville 21-20 in the third. Both teams made 50 percent from the field- the difference was that CMU made one more free-throw than Louisville.
Just like the second, both teams scored 19 in the fourth.
The 12-0 Cardinals look for lucky number 13. They will take on North Carolina at the KFC Yum! Center on Thursday, January 3rd at 7pm.