Asia Durr came into Friday’s game with high expectations. She led the U-23 National Team in scoring last summer. She was the Coaches’ pick for pre-season ACC Player of the Year. She was on the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award watch list for the top scoring guard in women’s basketball. So with all that hype she took the floor against Southeast Missouri.....and scored 8 points. A lesser person might have questioned whether Asia deserved all the accolades she’d received. A lesser person would’ve felt pretty dumb after watching Louisville’s 95-90 OT win again #6 Ohio State.
Asia played like a scoring bot. Her 47 points broke Angel McCoughtry’s record for most points in a game in school history. Louisville had a 10 point lead in the first half when Asia had to sit after a questionable foul call. With her out the Buckeyes climbed back to take a 41-40 lead into halftime.
That girl @A_Hooper25 had 47 I️ SEE YOU! Keep working!!— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) November 12, 2017
However, she picked back up where she left off in the 2nd half raining down threes from all over the floor in front of several WNBA scouts. Still, Ohio State pushed the game into overtime and Asia added clutch free throws to go with her free throws to ice the game.
Even though it was a record-breaking performance by one person, it’s worth mentioning that thus far this team seems to be playing as a much more cohesive unit than they did last year. This felt like a TEAM win. They look for each other and support each other. They seem to be having more fun. Hopefully this is a trend that continues.
The next game is at home on Tuesday night at 7pm. It will be shown on ACC Network Extra.