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Struggling Cavs look to get on track

The Cardinals face the Virginia Cavaliers for the second time this season. Louisville handed the Cavaliers a devastating 59-41 loss in the matchup on January 14th.

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Louisville, KY -- The 11th ranked Louisville Cardinals take on the Virginia Cavaliers for the second part of a home-and-home.

In the January 14th contest, the Cardinals defeated the Cavaliers 59-41. Louisville flustered Virginia on defense creating 19 turnovers and converting the turnovers into 25 points. The Cardinals held the Cavaliers to only 33.3% from the field.

Last Time Out

Louisville picked up their 20th win of the season, defeating No. 19 South Florida, 67-50, in a late non-conference Big Monday matchup.

The Cardinals and the Bulls went neck and neck in the first period, battling for the lead. It was Louisville who slightly edged South Florida, 13 - 12, at the end of ten.

The battle for a lead continued early into the second period. The Bulls were able to pull ahead scoring the first four points of the period. However, buckets by Mariya Moore and Myisha Hines-Allen pushed the Cardinals ahead.

Louisville turned on the heat in the final five minutes of the half going on a 9-0 run to take a steady 31-27 lead.

Louisville connected on 13-of-32 from the field in the first half, hitting 40.6% of their shots. The Cardinals forced nine South Florida turnovers, converting the turnovers into 10 points. Moore paced Louisville posting 12 points and dishing out four assists, while Hines-Allen added 10 points and five rebounds.

Out of the half, Louisville extended their lead by five, but the Bulls were able to cut the lead to two with scoring from Laia Flores and Kitija Laska.

However, the Cardinals surged ahead on a 9 - 2 run to end the third period.

The fourth period saw a Cardinals' defense that anchored down. Louisville forced seven turnovers, converting the seven turnovers into 10 points. The Bulls connected on a dismal 3-of-11 from the field, 0-of-3 from beyond the arc, hitting only 27.3% of their shots in the final period. Louisville limited the Bulls to seven points.

The Cardinals proved their dominance in defeating the No. 19 South Florida Bulls, 67 - 50.

The three Louisville sophomores were crucial for the Cardinals in the win: Myisha Hines-Allen lead the Cardinals earning her eighth career double-double, racking up 25 points and 10 rebounds. Mariya Moore tallied 19 points while dishing out a team-best five assists. Arica Carter rounds out the top scorers with a career-high 15 points.

On the evening, Louisville shot 42.4% from the field and connected on six shots from beyond the arc, while limiting the Bulls to 39.3% shooting from the field.

Power Players

Myisha Hines-Allen leads Louisville in scoring putting up 15.8 points and pulling down 7.5 rebounds while connecting on 53.4% of her shots. Mariya Moore sits at second racking up 15.1 points while dishing out 121 assists on the season. Briahanna Jackson is tallying 11.3 points and collecting a team-best 59 steals. Asia Durr rounds out the top scorers chipping in 10.6points per game.

Cortnee Walton leads the Cardinals on the offensive glass, pulling down 110 on the season while chipping in 6.3 points per game.

Keeping Up with the Cavaliers

Virginia ended their six-game losing streak with a victory over Boston College, 61-50, on Sunday.

The Cavaliers converted 17 points off of 17 Boston College turnovers. Virginia also dominated the glass out rebounding the Eagles 40-33.

The Cavaliers had three players post double-figures: Mikayla Venson posted a game-high 19 points including three from beyond the arc. Lauren Moses earned a double-double grabbing 11 points and 15 boards. Aliyah Huland El rounded out the top scorers racking up 13 points in 25 minutes.

Venson leads the team in scoring putting up 15.3 points per game firing off 58 shots from beyond the arc. Breyana Mason is tallying 10.2 points per game connecting on 45% of her shots from the field. Lauren Moses is a force on the glass pulling down a team-best 7.3 boards, grabbing 105 defensive rebounds on the season.

The Cavaliers rank first in the ACC in free throw percentage and 22nd nationally hitting 74.9% from the charity stripe. Virginia also forces 19.12 turnovers per game, landing them at fourth in the ACC and 40th nationally.

The Cardinals and the Cavaliers tip off at 7 PM. The contest will air on ESPN 3.