Car­di­nals over­come near-col­lapse to win

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - COLLEGE BASKETBALL -



BLACKSBURG, Va. — Asia Durr was hav­ing a big day and No. 2 Louisville was rolling, up 20 points mid­way through the third quar­ter.

Then it was Vir­ginia Tech that grabbed the mo­men­tum, and it took Durr and fel­low se­nior Sam Fuehring to help the Car­di­nals hang on.

Durr scored 34 points and Fuehring had 21 points and 13 re­bounds as the Car­di­nals over­came a near-col­lapse in a 72-63 vic­tory Sun­day.

“I got some good shots out there,” Durr said af­ter mak­ing 11 of 21 shots over­all, in­clud­ing 5 of 7 from be­yond the three­p­oint line. “My team­mates found me on the court. My coach was call­ing some great plays to free me, so that’s all I was try­ing to do was make a play.”

The Car­di­nals (23-1, 10-1 At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence) won their ninth in a row. Fuehring made con­sec­u­tive driv­ing bas­kets in the fi­nal quar­ter af­ter the Hok­ies had closed to within 62-56 with un­der four min­utes to play, al­low­ing Louisville to avoid an up­set.

“That was a huge win for us,” Durr said. The 30-point game was the 12th of her ca­reer.

That the Hok­ies made it in­ter­est­ing was no sur­prise to Louisville Coach Jeff Walz.

“They’re a re­ally good bas­ket­ball team. They can make shots in a hurry and there’s some years you just don’t get the bounces,” he said. “You can sit there and prob­a­bly take 10 min­utes out of their 10 con­fer­ence games and in­stead of them be­ing 2-8, they could eas­ily be 7-3. I mean, it’s some­thing else and that’s re­ally what I tried to ex­plain to our kids through­out the whole game.”

Dara Mabrey scored 17 points to lead the Hok­ies (158, 2-8), who scored the last 11 points of the third quar­ter to get within 51-42, then scored six con­sec­u­tive mid­way through the fi­nal quar­ter to get within 62-56. But Mabrey missed two free throws with 3:49 to play that would have pulled Vir­ginia Tech within 62-58.

Re­gan Ma­gar­ity, who had 14 points and 8 re­bounds, scored in­side with 34 sec­onds left to make it 66-63, but Durr hit two free throws with 25 sec­onds re­main­ing for the Car­di­nals, boost­ing their lead back to five.

Durr hit two more free throws with 13.2 sec­onds left to keep the Car­di­nals on top of the ACC stand­ings.

In other Top 25/SEC women’s games Sun­day, Sab­rina Ionescu had 27 points, 9 re­bounds and 8 as­sists, and No. 3 Ore­gon ran its NCAA-best win­ning streak to 16 games by run­ning away from No. 11 Stan­ford 88-48. … Arike Ogun­bowale scored 27 points and Jes­sica Shep­ard added 26 as No. 4 Notre Dame got its tran­si­tion game go­ing again to beat No. 24 Florida State 97-70. … Teaira McCowan had 24 points and 15 re­bounds, Jor­dan Dan­berry added 20 points as No. 6 Mis­sis­sippi State pulled away late to beat Ten­nessee 91-63. … Des­tiny Slocum scored 26 points and No. 7 Ore­gon State over­came an 11-point deficit to beat Cal­i­for­nia 82-74. … Natisha Hiede­man scored 22 points, Al­lazia Block­ton had 19 and No. 8 Marquette beat Villanova 93-55 for its 12th con­sec­u­tive vic­tory. … Kaila Charles scored 17 points and No. 10 Mary­land ex­tended its lead in the Big Ten by beat­ing No. 20 Rut­gers 62-48. … Mi­randa Drum­mond made 6 of 9 three-point­ers and scored 24 points, and No. 15 Syra­cuse beat Bos­ton Col­lege 96-69. … Me­gan Gustafson had 19 of her 29 points in the sec­ond half as No. 16 Iowa pulled away to beat Ohio State 78-52. … Kennedy Burke scored 26 points, Michaela Onyen­were added 25 points for the sopho­more’s 11th 20-plus game of the sea­son and UCLA beat No. 17 Utah 100-90. … Beatrice Mom­premier scored 23 points with 13 re­bounds and No. 25 Mi­ami beat Pitts­burgh 65-51, keep­ing Pitt win­less in the At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence.


Louisville guard Asia Durr (25) scored 34 points to lead the No. 2 Car­di­nals to a 72-63 vic­tory over Vir­ginia Tech.

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