'Hoos can't keep up with (4) Louisville

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Midway through the fourth quarter Thursday night Louisville coach Jeff Walz caught an errant pass from one of his players, so he gave in to temptation and put up a shot. The long-range jumper clanged off the rim, one of just a few misses by the No. 4 Cardinals on Thursday night.

Asia Durr scored 20 points in 23 minutes and all 11 Louisville players scored in a 91-43 rout of Virginia, thanks to a season-best 57 percent shooting effort.

The Cardinals (16-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) broke the game open with a 24-3 run to start the second quarter. Durr, a senior guard, scored the final five points of the burst as her 3-pointer gave Louisville a 39-17 lead with 2:20 left in the half.

Virginia held the Cardinals to just 15 points in the first quarter, but Dana Evans said it was the defense that was the catalyst for the big second quarter.

"Once we started to rebound, we got a couple easy buckets, and that kind of opened the gates up for us," said Evans, a sophomore guard who made all six shots in a 14-point effort.

That dominance carried over to the second half where the Cardinals used a 19-2 third quarter run to ensure there would be no comeback by the Cavaliers (7-11, 1-4).

Louisville bested the 56.4 percent it shot against Kentucky on Dec. 9. Kylee Shook added 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds. Bionca Dunham scored 12 on 6-of-7 shooting.

The sharp shooting carried over to the perimeter, where Louisville made 12-of-24 3-point attempts, Walz's shot excluded. Durr, one of the leading players in the country, made 4-of-9, her best effort since making that many against Nebraska on Nov. 29.

"Overall, I was really, really pleased with how we shot it, and the areas of the floor where we got shots in," Walz said.

The Cavaliers were led by Dominique Toussaint's nine points.



 
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