Louisville, KY — No. 12 Louisville shook the Boston College Eagles. Louisville was led by freshman Kylee Shook’s 14 points in the 68-43 victory.
The No. 12 Louisville Cardinals returned home after nearly a week on the road to face the Boston College Eagles. The Cardinals are 13-2 at home this season. Louisville’s last home loss was its last time home against NC State.
Louisville entered the game with confidence after a big win on the road against Virginia Tech. The Cardinals had three players notch double-doubles, including sophomore Sam Fuehring.
However, the Cardinals entered the Boston College matchup without leading scorer and three-point shooter, Asia Durr. In the post-game press conference, Coach Jeff Walz said Durr was serving a one-game suspension for “violation of team rules.” Coach Walz did not elaborate, but said she would return and start against North Carolina on Sunday, Feb. 19.
Louisville’s shut down defense limited Boston College to only two field goals in the opening period. The four points was the lowest scoring first period for the Eagles on the season.
Kailey Edwards scored one of the Eagle’s buckets at the 7:43 mark. Boston College would not score again until the closing seconds of the period when Emma Guy connected for two.
Louisville capitalized on the Boston College scoring drought racking up 14 unanswered points. The Cardinals saw scoring from four different players: Kylee Shook, Myisha Hines-Allen and Taylor Johnson each had four points, and Cortnee Walton added two from the charity stripe.
Despite holding a significant lead over the Eagles, the Cardinals only shot 38% from the field.
Behind a 10 point lead, the Cardinals sailed to the second period with a 14-4 advantage.
Boston College was able to pick up steam in the second period, grabbing 5 field goals and 12 points.
Mariella Fasoula, Boston College’s leading scorer, struck first for the Eagles laying the ball in for 2.
Louisville did not allow Boston College to gain any momentum. The Cardinals, behind Sam Fuehring, went on a 7-0 run to take a 21-6 lead.
For the following 2:00, the Cardinals and the Eagles traded buckets. Katie Quandt made a jump-shot, but a foul committed by Emilee Daley sent Mariya Moore to the foul line to hit 2-of-3. Taylor Ortlepp drew a foul also getting to the line to hit 1-of-2. Louisville countered with a jump shot from Shook, before Boston College answered as Fasoula added 2. The Cardinals still held a hefty 14-point lead midway through the second period.
Louisville’s defense locked in after the second-period media timeout as Jazmine Jones scored 6 of the Cardinals’ next 8 points. Boston College was forced to burn a timeout as the Cardinals ran ahead behind a 33-11 lead.
Louisville outscored Boston College 21-12 in the second period. At the half, the Cardinals held a 35-16 advantage.
The Cardinals shot 44.8% in the first half, connecting on 13 field goals. Louisville was led by Hines-Allen who racked up 8 points and 9 boards.
Boston College knocked down 7 field goals in the first half, hitting only 24% of its shots. Mariella Fasoula led the Eagles with 7 points.
Out of the half, the Cardinals struck first as Shook connected on a jump shot to extend Louisville’s lead, 37-16.
But a foul committed by Shook sent Edwards to the line. Edwards missed both free throws, however, Fasoula came down with the rebound and laid the ball in for two.
Boston College was unable to find an answer for Shook as she fired off back-to-back three-pointers. The Eagles were forced to burn another timeout with 6:41 remaining in the third as the Cardinals took a 44-18 lead.
Myisha Hines-Allen praised Shook in the post-game press conference, “It’s hard to play her. She’s a great shooter, and she can rebound the ball really well.”
Boston College was able to pick up some momentum, scoring 6 unanswered points behind back-to-back three-pointers from Edwards and Kelly Hughes.
Louisville answered with 6 unanswered points of its own, extending the Cardinals lead to 26 points.
Heading into the final period, the Cardinals held a 50-27 advantage.
With all its starters on the bench, the Louisville bench was up to bat. The Cardinals’ bench put up 8 field goals for 57% shooting. In the final period, Louisville outscored Boston College, 18-16. Bianca Dunham knocked down 8 of Louisville’s 18 points.
Despite picking up 16 points in the final period, the Boston College Eagles were unable to get its third ACC win.
The Cardinals’ defense proved too tough for the Eagles. Louisville notched win number 22 on the season with a 68-43 victory.