No. 2 Cardinals pushed in second half by Hokies
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 Sunday in Blacksburg, Va.
Durr scored 34 points and Fuehring had 21 points and 13 rebounds as the Cardinals overcame a near-collapse in a 72-63 victory.
“I got some good shots out there,” Durr said after making 11 of 21 shots overall, including 5 of 7 from beyond the three-point 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 ACC) won their ninth in a row. Fuehring made consecutive driving baskets in the final quarter after the Hokies had closed 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,” he said.
Dara Mabrey scored 17 points to lead the Hokies (15-8, 2-8), who scored the last 11 points of the third quarter to get within 51-42, then scored six straight midway through the final quarter to get within 62-56. But Mabrey missed a pair of free throws with 3:49 to play that would have pulled Virginia Tech within 62-58. Regan Magarity, who had 14 points and eight rebounds, scored inside with 34 seconds left to make it 66-63, but Durr hit a pair of free throws with 25 seconds remaining for the Cardinals, boosting their lead back to five.
“We have to get rid of those moments in games when we kind of lose focus,” the Hokies’ Taylor Emery said. “We’ve been saying the same thing over and over again, but this game, I feel, we played very well about three, 31/ quarters, and we kind of let
2 them go on a run.”
Durr hit two more free throws with 13.2 seconds left to keep the Cardinals on top of the ACC.
VIRGINIA 53, DUKE 47: Jocelyn Willoughby scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace the Cavaliers to a win over the Blue Devils in Charlottesville.
Dominique Toussaint added 14 points for Virginia (10-14, 4-7 ACC), which trailed 26-23 at halftime.
Leaonna Odom and Haley Gorecki scored 13 points apiece for Duke (11-12, 3-8).
DEPAUL 76, GEORGETOWN 71: Chante Stonewall scored 20 points and Mart’e Grays added 18 to lead the Blue Demons over the Hoyas in Chicago.
Lexi Held added 11 points and Kelly Campbell pulled down nine rebounds for DePaul (17-7, 8-4 Big East.)
Senior guard Dionna White scored 16 points for Georgetown (11-13, 5-8) and added four assists and four steals to pass Sugar Rodgers as the program’s career leader in steals with 328.
Dorothy Adomako contributed 15 points and six rebounds for the Hoyas, and Morgan Smith added 10 points.
SAINT JOSEPH’S 41, GEORGE WASHINGTON 38: Mary Sheehan scored 14 points and Alyssa Monaghan and Katie Mayock chipped in with eight apiece to lead the Hawks over the Colonials at Smith Center.
Saint Joseph’s improved to 8-15 overall, including 4-6 in Atlantic 10 play.
Kayla Mokwuah scored a gamehigh 16 points for George Washington (8-16, 5-6), which lost despite enjoying a 40-28 rebounding advantage. Olivia Gumbs had nine points and eight rebounds for the Colonials.
FORDHAM 64, GEORGE MASON 53: Bre Cavanaugh scored 22 points and Mary Goulding added 19 to pace the Rams (17-8, 8-3 A-10) over the Patriots in New York.
Sarah Kaminski led George Mason (12-11, 4-6) with 15 points. Camarie Gatling added 12, and Nicole Cardano-Hilla had 11 points.