The basketball season has nearly concluded for the Louisville women's basketball team. They closed out their home season against an under-performing Virginia squad. The Cards walked away with a 66-55 victory.
#14 Louisville had plenty to celebrate Thursday night- three seniors graduating, a basketball manager who has been with the team since day one of starting school, and a student who won $38,000 during the halftime challenge. Cortnee Walton, Briahanna Jackson, and Taylor Johnson were all recognized before tip-off.
A common theme this season of dull first quarters continued for the Cards. They led 11-8 after the first 10 minutes. However, they raced out to a much larger lead in the second quarter for an 11-point halftime lead.
Asia Durr took over in the second half and finished with 24 points and seven rebounds. One of the leading three point shooters in the country, Durr made four on the night. Myisha Hines-Allen was finally back to 100% health and was a threat down low all night. She scored 21 points and pulled in nine rebounds. The only downside of the game was the 16 turnovers by U of L.
The Cavaliers struggled almost everywhere with the exception being behind the three point arc. They made 9-of-22 on the day, which contributed to half of their total points. Their major plus was the 11 steals, compared to Louisville's seven. Breyana Mason put up 19 points, with 15 of those from outside the arc.
At halftime, student Justin Logsdon made a layup, a free throw, a three pointer, and a half court shot all in under 30 seconds to win the 38k. Students during halftime of men and women's games all season have tried and failed until Justin pulled it off. Congratulations, Justin!
Louisville advances to 24-6 and 11-4 in the ACC while Virginia drops to 18-10 and 7-8 in conference play. Their final regular season game is Sunday at Wake Forest.