Durr scores 24, No. 5 Louisville women beat Chat­tanooga

Imperial Valley Press - - SPORTS - BY RHI­AN­NON POTKEY

CHAT­TANOOGA, Tenn. — Asia Durr scored 24 points as No. 5 Louisville used an­other third-quar­ter burst to pull away and beat Chat­tanooga 75-49 on Fri­day night.

Af­ter a closely played first half, Louisville (2-0) outscored Chat­tanooga 30-10 in the third quar­ter to take con­trol. In their sea­son-open­ing win over West­ern Ken­tucky, the Car­di­nals outscored WKU 31-8 in the third quar­ter.

Bionca Dun­ham scored 12 points for Louisville while Sam Fuehring had eight. Louisville as­sisted on 21 of its 28 made field goals.

Durr, who scored 33 points against West­ern Ken­tucky, shot 7 for 14 from the field — in­clud­ing 5 for 0 on 3-point­ers — against Chat­tanooga. It was the se­nior guard’s 39th game with at least 20 points.

Lake­lyn Bouldin fin­ished with 11 points for Chat­tanooga (1-1), which shot 31.4 per­cent from the field (16 of 51)

Both teams strug­gled shoot­ing from the start, com­bin­ing to go 3 for 23 through the first four min­utes. Bouldin gave Chat­tanooga an of­fen­sive spark by bank­ing in a hook shot and mak­ing a 3-pointer from the cor­ner to give the Mocs an 11-7 lead.

Fu­eled by turnovers and Durr’s scor­ing, Louisville went on a a run to end the half. The se­nior guard hit a 3-pointer and fin­ished a layup on the break to give the Car­di­nals a 28-20 lead.

Louisville came out of the half­time break with re­newed en­ergy on de­fense and quickly built their lead. The Car­di­nals started the third quar­ter on an 8-0 run, and never looked back. Durr made back-to-back 3s to give Louisville a 51-27 lead, and capped the third quar­ter with a 40-foot shot at the buzzer.

BIG PIC­TURE

Louisville: The Car­di­nals need to find ways to score in the half-court when Durr isn’t. Louisville strug­gled to gen­er­ate points in the first half while Durr was con­tained by Chat­tanooga’s de­fense or sit­ting on the bench. Louisville’s pres­sure de­fense helped al­le­vi­ate the prob­lem in the sec­ond half by get­ting points in tran­si­tion.

Chat­tanooga: In their first big test un­der new coach Katie Bur­rows, the Mocs weren’t afraid and hung with Louisville through the first half. But Louisville’s pres­sure fi­nally wore Chat­tanooga down. The ex­pe­ri­ence will serve the Mocs well the re­main­der of the sea­son against less-her­alded op­po­nents.

Louisville guard Mykasa Robin­son (5) falls as she col­lides with Chat­tanooga guard Mya Long (3) in the sec­ond half of an NCAA col­lege bas­ket­ball game Fri­day, in Chat­tanooga, Tenn. Louisville won 75-49. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey). AP PHOTO/RUS­SELL CONTRERAS

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