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.

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