Syracuse, N.Y.-- Despite 28 Louisville turnovers, the No. 14 Cardinals took care of business defeating Syracuse, 71-53.
Syracuse won the tip, but it was the Cardinals who struck first on a Mariya Moore three. Louisville took an early 7-0 lead as Briahanna Jackson drove it in for two and Myisha Hines-Allen chipped in two. Cornelia Fondren ended the Orange's scoring drought nailing a jumper for two. Syracuse only had three players post points in the first: Fondren, Bria Day and Julia Chandler connected on shots for the Orange.
Louisville's defense was a problem for the Orange in the first period, holding Syracuse to 3-of-14 (21.4%) from the field, 0-4 from beyond the arc. The Cardinals converted seven Syracuse turnovers into nine points. Louisville closed the first period on a 12-2 run, outscoring the Orange, 22-6.
The Cardinals extended their run into the second period, 29-2, holding the Orange scoreless for nearly four minutes. But Syracuse started to find their groove. The Orange were able to put up 12 points, including the first three of the night from Brianna Butler with 40-seconds remaining in the half.
Louisville entered the half with a comfortable 19 point lead.
The Cardinals dominated the first half, shooting 46.9% from the field, 23.1% from beyond the arc, while holding the Orange to 18.2% from the field, 8.3% from the three point line. However, the Orange won the battle of turnovers forcing 15 Louisville turnovers.
Asia Durr led all scorers with 12 points, including a pair of threes. The Orange had two players with five points; Bria Day and Brianna Butler.
Syracuse tried to mount a comeback in the third period outscoring the Cardinals, 23-19. The Orange came out of halftime strong going on a 9-0 run to cut the Louisville lead to 15. However, Myisha Hines-Allen ended the drought for the Cardinals. Alexis Peterson carried the Orange putting up 12 of Syracuse's 23 points in the third.
Despite the effort from Peterson to mount a comeback, the Cardinals led by 15 heading into the final period, 58-45.
The strong Louisville offense was too much for the Orange. Syracuse could not shut down Myisha Hines-Allen. The Cardinals won the game, 71-53.
Syracuse's Alexis Peterson led the Orange in scoring with 13 points, connecting on 4-of-16 from the field, 1-of-4 from beyond the arc and knocking down a pair of free throws. Peterson also dished out a team-best six assists. Brianna Butler struggled from the three point line only hitting 2-of-11. Butler was able to grab eight points and six rebounds on the evening.
Louisville had three players post double-digits: Myisha Hines-Allen set a new career-best putting up 27 points, connecting on 56.5% of her shots, and pulling down 10 rebounds. Hines-Allen notched another double-double on the season. Asia Durr racked up 16 points connecting on 3-of-5 (60%) from the field and 2-of-4 from beyond the arc. Durr dished out four assists and grabbed four steals. Briahanna Jackson rounds out the top scorers tallying 11 points and nine rebounds.
Mariya Moore had an off night, only posting three points and turning the ball over 10 times for the Cardinals. However, Moore had a team-best six assists.
Louisville improves to 7-0 in the ACC while notching the 12th-consecutive win.