No. 2 University of Louisville women’s basketball hosts Georgia Tech (12-4, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET.
Louisville (14-1, 2-1) is coming off its first loss of the season, an 82-68 defeat at Notre Dame. The Cardinals entered the fourth quarter down 10 points, but trimmed the lead to 66-64 and 68-66 with two minutes remaining, but the Fighting Irish ended the game on a 14-2 run.
Prior to the loss at Notre Dame, Louisville had won 11 straight ACC road games. Their previous road loss also came at Notre Dame on Feb. 6, 2017 (L, 85-66).
Mykasa Robinson played pivotal minutes down the stretch at Notre Dame and helped lead a charge that trimmed the lead to two points. She entered the game with nine minutes to go and the Cardinals trailing 62-50. She played the rest of the way and helped UofL go on a 14-4 run to trim the lead to 66-64 with 2:39 to go. She finished with six points on 3-3 shooting and an assist, a block and a steal in 12 minutes.
Asia Durr led the way for the Cards at Notre Dame, finishing with 29 points, on 9-20 shooting, and six rebounds. She tied a career-high with 10 made free throws (10-12).
Earlier this week, Durr was named to the Wooden Midseason Top 25. She is averaging 21.5 points per game, which ranks second in the ACC and 13th in the country. She is connecting on 2.5 3-point field goals per game, which ranks fourth in the ACC. She is 65-76 (.855) from the free throw line, which ranks fifth in ACC. She is shooting 73-128 (.570) from 2-point range and 37-116 (.319) from deep.
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Georgia Tech enters Thursday’s contest with a 12-4 overall record, 2-1 in conference. Earlier this week, they won 70-64 against Duke. They built a 17-point lead and hung on to a six-point win. Their lone loss in conference came at home to Notre Dame, 76-55. The Irish used a 21-7 second quarter to cruise to victory.
The Yellow Jackets rank 14th in the country with 681 total rebounds and 16.6 offensive rebounds per game, which also ranks second in the ACC. They have an offensive rebounding percentage of .424, which ranks second in the ACC, while Louisville ranks 13th in defensive rebounding percentage at .652.
Freshman Elizabeth Balogun, who has been named ACC Rookie of the Week three times, leads the way for the Jackets with 14.8 points, which ranks 14th in the ACC. She is also averaging 5.1 rebounds, while shooting 46 percent from the floor and 30-83 (.361) from 3-point range. Francesca Pan averages 13.3 points and has knocked down a team-high 35 3-pointers (35-111, .315), while Elizabeth Dixon rounds out their double-digit scorers with 11.1 points. Dixson leads the team with 7.4 rebounds and ranks fourth in the ACC with 3.7 offensive rebounds per game.
Series History – UofL is 5-0 all-time against Georgia Tech and all five meetings have taken place since the Cardinals joined the ACC. Louisville is 2-0 against the Yellow Jackets at the KFC Yum! Center with a 91-51 win in 2016-17 and a 75-48 win in 2014-15. Last season, Louisville won 74-71 at Georgia Tech as Myisha Hines-Allen’s layup with two seconds to go gave them the victory.
Date: Sunday, Jan. 13
Time: 2 p.m. ET
Site: KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky. (22,000)
Radio: WKRD-790, Nick Curran, play-by-play; Adrienne Johnson, analyst
Video: ACCNE, Don Russell, play-by-play; Sara White, analyst, Cortnee Walton, sideline
Last Meeting: W, 74-71 (Dec. 28, 2017 at GT)
Series History: 5-0 (2-0 Home, 2-0 Away, 1-0 Neutral)
UofL National Ranking: 2nd Associated Press, 2nd USA Today
Promotions: Spirit Day, Faculty and Staff Appreciation
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Asst. Sports Information DirectorWomen’s Basketball, Women’s Lacrosse
University of Louisville Athletics