--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
Three Seniors were honored Thursday night. The Louisville Cardinals women’s basketball team concluded their home schedule with a 92-62 rout of NC State on Senior Night.
You could describe the game as “Durr-riffic.” The famous Louisville Senior went Nite-Nite on Wes Moore and the Pack; and dumped 47 points on the No. 10 team in the country. NC State was undefeated and No. 1 in the ACC just a few weeks ago, on January 31st. It tied her single-game scoring record.
Sam Fuehring also had a double-double: 12 points, and 12 rebounds. She also had 5 assists.
Obviously, that changed. The Cardinals are now tied with Muffet McGraw’s Notre Dame Fighting Irish for first in the conference.
Durr put up 22 points in the first period, leading to a 36-13 Louisville lead. She hit 8 of 11 from the field, and was 6 for 8 from three. The Cardinals hit 73.7 percent overall, and held NC State to 33.3 percent. At one point, the Cardinals hit a 24-2 run.
Louisville was not as sharp in the second quarter. For starters, the Wolfpack hit an 11-2 run early in the period. Louisville shot under 30 percent for the first eight and a half minutes. One of the Seniors, Durr, only had two points until the last 90 seconds of the period. Then, she hit a jump-shot that was followed by a layup. Sam Fuehring ended the period with a layup. The late 8-0 run led to a 53-28 Louisville lead.
Louisville shot 55.3 percent in the first half.
Durr’s dominance continued into the second half. She led off the period with a jumper 10-seconds in. Then, she hit a three a few minutes later. Then another three with 7:06 left. Then, yet another three with 3:52 left. She kept scoring. Durr had 13 points in the period. It led to a 75-43 Louisville lead.
Durr was apparently going for 50. She had a pair of deep three-point baskets, putting her total at 47. Until she was pulled with 3:31 left. She left to a standing ovation. As did Sam Fuehring, and Arica Carter. The fourth was the only period where NC State outscored Louisville, and just by two points.
Louisville shot 52.2 percent for the half. They made 15 of 34 from beyond the arc, and held State to under 40 percent. 22 Louisville points were off of turnovers.
Louisville moves to 26-2 (12-2 ACC). They have one more game left: at Pittsburgh on Sunday, March 3rd. The game will be at 2.
Since the Cardinals lost a one-sided officiating game in South Bend, they will need to first win against Pitt; and for Notre Dame to lose against Virginia. If this happens, they will be the No. 1 overall seed in the ACC Tournament.