LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Asia Durr scored 15 points to lead No. 4 Louisville, which survived a sluggish start, to a 65-46 win over Clemson on Wednesday night.
The Cardinals (25-1, 11-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) held the Tigers without a field goal for the final 8:36 of the first half. However, even with that Clemson (11-14, 1-11) still managed to take a 19-18 lead with 4:41 left in the second quarter after Alexis Carter sank two free throws.
Arica Carter responded with a jumper on Louisville's ensuing possession to give the Cardinals the lead for good. That shot spurred a 14-2 run to end the half.
Louisville had its own woes on offense as it went more than five minutes in the third quarter without a basket. Still, the Cardinals managed to build the lead to as much as 22 late in the fourth quarter.
The Cardinals did get a scare late as Durr was knocked down on a foul by Aliyah Collier with 4:42 left. She eventually walked off the floor and off the court, but she did return to the bench a short time later.
Sam Fuehring added 14 points for Louisville, who also got 10 points each from Jazmine Jones and Kylee Shook.
Kobi Thornton led Clemson with 13 points.
Clemson: For most of the first half, the Tigers - whose first 10 conference losses came by an average of 24 points - played with an energy lacking from the Cardinals. However, that effort could not compensate for an offense that shot just 35.6 percent and committed 17 turnovers.
Louisville: The Cardinals started off lackadaisical against an overmatched foe. Eventually, though, they did put the conference's cellar dwellers away and now can get ready for a trip to top-ranked Connecticut on Monday.
Clemson: The Tigers return home to face No. 19 Duke on Sunday. It's the second of three straight games against ranked foes for Clemson.
Louisville: The Cardinals go out of the ACC for the last time in the regular season and hope to end UConn's 74-game home winning streak on Monday night.
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