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Cardinals fly south to face rugged Yellow Jackets

Coming off a huge upset against No. 15/13 Florida State, the Cardinals look to grab their seventh consecutive win. Louisville faces a Georgia Tech team that is perfect at home this season.

Photo by Michael Clevenger/The Courier-Journal

Atlanta, GA -- The Cardinals head south for the first road game of the new year as they face the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

Starting Strong

The Cardinals kicked off 2016 with a bang upsetting No. 15/13 Florida State 79-69 to open ACC play.

Louisville held the Seminoles to a crushing six points in the first period; the lowest first quarter score the Seminoles have posted all season. The Cardinals converted nine Seminole turnovers into ten first period points.

Florida State continued to struggle against the Louisville defense turning the ball over 24 times in 40 minutes and allowing Louisville to rack up 30 points off turnovers.

Mariya Moore was crucial for the Cardinals posting a team-best 20 points while dishing out eight assists and grabbing five rebounds. Moore played the entire 40 minutes.

Three other Cardinals posted double figures: Briahanna Jackson racked up 15 points, Myisha Hines-Allen tallied 13 points, and Arica Carter added 11 points. Cortnee Walton and Asia Durr posted nine points apiece. Walton fell just shy of a double-double as she grabbed 11 boards.

The Cardinals outplayed a talented Florida State team to pick up their sixth consecutive win and first ACC win on the season.

The Big Three

The Big Three- Myisha Hines-Allen, Mariya Moore and Briahanna Jackson- are coming off of a stellar performance against Florida State.

On the season, Hines-Allen is leading the Cardinals in scoring posting 15.1 points and grabbing 7.7 rebounds per game while shooting a team-best 52.9% from the field. Jackson falls close behind racking up 14.7 points per game. Jackson leads the team in thefts with 37 on the season. Moore is averaging 13.6 points per game while dishing out a team-high 72 assists through 14 games.


Louisville heads to Georgia, the home of two-time Miss Georgia Basketball and Louisville freshman, Asia Durr. Durr, a native of Douglasville, Georgia, was nationally recognized during her time at St. Plus X Catholic School. Durr finished her high school career with 2,764 points, connecting on more than 50% from the field while grabbing 706 boards, 254 assists, 266 steals and 75 blocks. She set the point total for both genders in school history.

Scouting the Yellow Jackets

Georgia Tech is fresh off a loss to ACC powerhouse, the No. 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Ciani Cryor was instrumental for the Yellow Jackets racking up 19 points while Roddreka Rogers and Aaliyah Whiteside added 17 points apiece in the 85-76 loss.

Georgia Tech shot 48.3% from the field connecting on 29-of-60 from the field, but the Fighting Irish fired off 11 from beyond the arc.

The Yellow Jackets are a perfect 8-0 at home this season. Georgia Tech is averaging 84.2 points and posting a +29.5 margin of victory at home for 2015-2016.

On the season, the Yellow Jackets have two players averaging double-digits. Aaliyah Whiteside leads Georgia Tech in scoring posting 19.9 while grabbing 7.6 boards and dishing out a team-high 51 assists. Roddreka Rogers is connecting on 62.5% of her shots, putting up 13.2 points per game.

Georgia Tech sits at 10th nationally in steals per game with 12.3, 32nd in both field goal percentage, shooting 44.7%, and rebound margin (+8.7), and 36th in scoring offense (76.8).

Keys for the Cardinals

Georgia Tech is posting 76.8 points while limiting opponents to 60.1 points per game. The Yellow Jackets have held opponents to 39.7% from the field through 14 games.

The Cardinals are allowing opponents to hit 46.2% from the field. Louisville has to contest shots and keep the Yellow Jackets from attacking the rim. The Cardinals need to continue forcing turnovers and crashing the boards in order to grab a win in the A-T-L.

The Cardinals and the Yellow Jackets tip off at 2 PM (EST). The game will air on ESPN 3.