Louisville, KY -- The No. 14 Louisville Cardinals round out their two-game homestand on Sunday, as they face the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.
CARDS are HOT in January
Louisville started the new year hot, defeating then No. 15/13 Florida State. The Cardinals continued to pick up impressive wins handing Georgia Tech their first home loss on the season, overpowering the then 13-1 Virginia Tech Hokies ,and derailing then No. 18 Duke.
After winning nine consecutive games and going 4-0 in ACC play, the Cardinals returned to the rankings coming in at No.23/22. Louisville spent nearly a month on the outside after beginning the season 1-4.
The Cardinals have continued to dominate, notching 13-consecutive wins, going 8-0 in ACC play.
CARDS Crush Clemson
Louisville bulldozed Clemson Thursday evening, coming away with a 75-33 victory over the Tigers.
The Cardinals had four players hit double-figures: Briahanna Jackson paced Louisville connecting on 5-of-8 from the field and a team-high 3-of-5 from beyond the arc, while dishing out three assists and grabbing three steals.
Asia Durr and Sam Fuehring racked up 12 points a piece. Durr picked up a team best five assists and one block. Mariya Moore rounds out the top scorers racking up 10 points and three assists.
Erin DeGrate and Cortnee Walton dominated the glass grabbing 10 boards apiece. DeGrate had a team high six defensive boards. Louisville outrebounded the Tigers 50 to 33.
Myisha Hines-Allen leads Louisville in scoring putting up 15.7 points and pulling down 7.8 rebounds, while connecting on 52.3% of her shots. Mariya Moore sits at second, racking up 13.9 points, while dishing out 102 assists on the season. Briahanna Jackson is tallying 12.7 points and collecting a team best 50 steals. Asia Durr rounds out the top scorers chipping in 10.7 points per game.
Cortnee Walton leads the Cardinals on the offensive glass, pulling down 88 on the season while chipping in 6.1 points per game.
Louisville ranks 18th in assists per game with 17.0; 21st nationally in turnovers forced with 20.62 per game and 26th in steals per game grabbing 10.7.
Scouting the Demon Deacons
Wake Forest defeated North Carolina and Boston College before No. 11 Florida State ended their two game win streak in a 95-55 decision.
Florida State took an 18-2 lead in the first period and did not slow down. The Deacons connected on 21-of-28 from the charity stripe, but committed 30 turnovers that the Seminoles converted into 33 points. Florida State controlled the glass outrebounding Wake Forest 33-19. The 41-point loss was the largest margin of defeat for Wake Forest since November 2012, when the Demon Deacons fell to Connecticut, 95-34.
Ariel Stephenson was the silver lining for Wake Forest in the match. Stephenson came off the bench for the Deacons and posted 20 points, falling one point shy of her career high. Elisa Penna also posted double-figures grabbing 10 points, connecting on 4-of-13.
On the season, Amber Campbell is pacing the Demon Deacons putting up 12.7 points, hitting 41.7% from the field. Campbell leads the team in assists with 32 and steals with 39. Ariel Stephenson is racking up 11.9 points per game. Stephenson leads the team in made threes with 38. Elisa Penna rounds out the top scorers chipping in 11.4 points per game.
Milan Quinn controls the glass pulling down a team-high 8.5 rebounds per game. On the season, Quinn has grabbed 115 defensive rebounds for the Demon Deacons.
Louisville looks to close out January by notching their 14-consecutive win. The Cardinals and the Demon Deacons tip off at 1 PM EST.