No. 23 Louisville Women's Basketball Routs Virginia
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – What seemed to be Louisville's Achilles' heel has turned into one of its biggest strengths.
Myisha Hines-Allen scored a game-high 16 points to go with seven rebounds, and the Cardinals (13-5, 5-0 ACC) used another strong defensive outing on Thursday evening to rout Virginia 59-41 for their 10th-straight victory.
Louisville scored 25 points off of its 19 forced turnovers and held the Cavaliers to just 33.3 percent shooting, the fourth-consecutive game an opponent has shot below 40 percent.
Mariya Moore added 11 points, five rebounds, and five assists, and Cortnee Walton totaled 12 points in the win.
Virginia (12-6, 2-2) struggled early with the Cardinals’ pressuring defense, tallying seven turnovers and not connecting on its first field goal until the 4:06 mark. The Cavaliers finished with a season-worst six points in the period.
Back-to-back layups by Aliyah Huland El and Lauren Moses pulled the Cavaliers within two early in the second quarter, but Louisville scored 14 straight over the next four-plus minutes to make it 26-10 and went into halftime with a 33-18 lead.
The Cardinals pushed the lead to 23, their largest of the game, after Hines-Allen converted a three-point play – a layup and a free throw – with 6:43 left in the contest.
Asia Durr came off the bench and totaled 10 points and three assists, and Virginia native Taja Cole had one of her best games of the season in front of family and friends, with six points, two rebounds, three assists and one steal.
The Cavaliers’ Mikayla Venson, who ranked sixth in the conference in scoring, was held to 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting.
Louisville also had one of its more impressive nights at the free throw line, connecting on 14-of-15 attempts.
Louisville continues its road trip on Sunday, when it plays at NC State at Broughton High. Tip against the Wolfpack, who are coming off an upset win over No. 22 Duke, is set for 2 p.m.