Syracuse, N.Y. - - After a week off, the No. 17 Louisville Cardinals return to the court as they face the Syracuse Orange(15-5, 4-2 ACC) in the Carrier Dome.
Cards Fly High
Coming off a nail-biting win over NC State, the Cardinals proved they are worthy to sit amongst the best; rising in the polls to No. 17.
Louisville also swept the ACC's weekly awards as MariyaMoore and Asia Durr were both honored. Moore was named ACC Player of the Week for the second time this season and Durr was tabbed ACC Rookie of the Week for the first time in her career.
It comes as no surprise that the top-rated point guard in the 2015 class picked up another honor, earning the title of USBWA National Freshman of the Week. Durr is the first player in program history to earn the honor.
Durr averaged 15.5 points, 2.5 steals, and 2 rebounds, while connecting on 52.4% from the field and 6-of-9 from beyond the arc last week.
Moore averaged 21 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds and 2.5 steals in the victories over Virginia and NC State.
Last Time Out
The Cardinals pulled out a come from behind win against a tough NC State team. Louisville trailed by as much as 14 points in the contest.
NC State nearly led the entire game. However, coming down the stretch the Cardinals came alive, while the Wolfpack struggled. NC State lead by five with 25 seconds remaining in the contest.
But, Asia Durr banked a three and Mariya Moore grabbed a steal and drew a foul to put her at the line to shoot two, tying the game at 90 with 17 seconds left. It appeared the game would head into overtime, but NC State's DD Rogers fouled Moore with 3 seconds on the clock, sending her back to the line to shoot two. Moore connected on both shots, grabbing the W for the Cardinals.
Louisville shot 50.8% from the field in the contest connecting on 32-of-63 and banking 12 three-pointers. While NC State shot 52% from the field, hitting 10 from beyond the arc. The Cardinals dominated the paint outscoring the Wolfpack 32-24. Louisville's defense forced 17 turnovers that the Cardinals turned into 32 points. However, the Wolfpack lived at the charity stripe connecting on 34-of-43.
The Cardinals had three players post double-digits: Mariya Moore paced Louisville connecting on 10-of-19 from the field, 3-of-8 from three and racking up a team-best 31 points. Moore dished out a team-high seven assists.
Asia Durr tallied 19 points connecting on a perfect 5-of-5 from beyond the arc while hitting 6-of-10 from the field. Arica Carter rounded out the top scorers adding 13 points including two from the three point line. Myisha Hines-Allen led the Cardinals in rebounding pulling down seven while putting up nine points.
On the season, the Cardinals have four players averaging double-digits: Myisha Hines-Allen leads the Cardinals with 15.1 points, connecting on 51.9% from the field. Hines-Allen is averaging a team-best 7.6 rebounds.
Mariya Moore is racking up 14.7 points while dishing out 93 assists. Despite her recent scoring slump, Briahanna Jackson still sits at the top putting up 12.7 points and grabbing a team-high 44 steals. Rounding out the top scorers is Asia Durr. Durr is adding 10.3 points and connecting on 40.7% from beyond the arc.
Syracuse is coming off of a crushing 90-62 loss to No. 3 Notre Dame.
Syracuse was no match for the suffocating Notre Dame defense. The Fighting Irish smothered the Orange holding them to a dismal 28% (23-of-82) from the field and 23.1% (6-of-26) from beyond the arc.
Surprisingly, the Orange outrebounded the Irish, 55-42, and turned Notre Dame over 19 times. However, Syracuse struggled around the rim.
The Fighting Irish held Syracuse's top scorer, Alexis Peterson, to 4-of-22 from the field, 0-6 from beyond the arc. Peterson is averaging a team-best 14.2 points, connecting on 41.3% from the field. Notre Dame allowed Peterson only 12 points. Brianna Butler chipped in 12 points for the Orange while Cornelia Fondren led the team in rebounds pulling down eight.
The Orange have three players posting double-figures: Alexis Peterson is pacing Syracuse racking up 14.2 points while dishing out 103 assists on the season. Brianna Butler is chipping in with 13.2 points, firing off a team-high 63 threes. Briana Day rounds out the top scorers putting up 10.7 points while pulling down a team-best 7.5 rebounds. Day also leads the team in blocks with 39.
Syracuse is aggressive on defense averaging 25 forced turnovers, 14.4 steals and 5 blocks per game, limiting opponents to 38.4% from the field and 28.2% from beyond the arc.
Louisville is on a hot streak winning 11-consecutive games. The Cardinals look to keep the streak going and notch win number 12 in the Carrier Dome. The Cardinals and the Orange tip off at 7 PM.