LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Jazmine Jones scored 17 points and Kylee Shook recorded her second double-double of the season, as Louisville outlasted the Tar Heels of North Carolina, 73-66 in the ACC opener on Thursday night inside the KFC Yum! Center.
The third-ranked Cards improve to 13-0 on the year and 1-0 in ACC action, while the Tar Heels drop to 9-6 overall and 0-1 in conference play.UofL immediately came out swinging, scoring the first five points of the game. Dana Evans hit two three pointers and led all scorers with eight points as the Cards ultimately outscored the Heels 21-11 in the opening stanza. Louisville out-rebounded UNC 16-6 in the first quarter and held the Tar Heels to just 25 percent shooting from the floor.The second quarter began as a slugfest, as neither team was able to get much going on offense early in the period.
That all changed when an Arica Carter three-pointer and a subsequent converted three-point play by Shook opened up a 16-point lead for the Cards. UofL took a 40-23 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Cards held the Tar Heels to just 3-of-14 shooting for the period, while Shook led the Cards with eight points in the stanza.The Cards spread the rock around early and often in the first half, as seven different players got into the scoring column before the intermission.UNC made things interesting to start the third stanza, coming out with a 12-6 run that cut the Cards’ lead to 11.
The Cards built their lead back to 16, but an 8-0 Carolina run cut the lead to single digits before a Jones layup to end the period put the Cards back up by double digits, 57-47. Jones led the Cards in the quarter with 10 points.The Heels carried their momentum into the fourth quarter, as a 10-2 run pulled UNC to within two. The Tar Heels kept things close, pulling within a bucket of the Cards on four separate occasions. With Asia Durr on the bench in foul trouble, Carter, Jones, and Shook all came up huge for UofL with some late buckets, as Louisville held off the Tar Heels, 73-66. Carter carried the team with eight points in the final period.Jones scored 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field, while Shook recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
As a team, UofL out-rebounded UNC 45-30. Carter, Durr, and Evans also both scored in double figures with 14, 10, and 10, respectively. Jones collected three steals for the Cards, while Durr led the team in assists with six.
Next up, the Cards head to Durham for a showdown with the Duke Blue Devils on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.