It was an up and down affair, but Louisville finally notched their first win in Cameron Indoor this afternoon. Every time it seemed like the Cards were going to pull away the Blue Devils would shrink the lead just enough to still keep things interesting. With 9 minutes to go Louisville was up 50-40 but they committed two turnovers and it seemed like momentum might be swinging the Duke’s way. Instead Jade Williams for Duke walked on a fast break and Louisville countered with back to back threes by Arica Carter and Dana Evans respectively and it was all Louisville from that point.
Arica Carter finished the game with 23 points. She had her career high in three pointers with five minutes to go in the first half. After the game Assistant Coach Sam Williams said, “I knew we were going to have to have somebody today step up...I’ve been talking to Arica Carter all week and she was ready. It was a beautiful thing to watch her step up and have the confidence to knock down those threes.”
Arica Carter has been the difference her entire career at Louisville.— Kenton Hallinan (@kenticus) January 6, 2019
The Cards had 15 steals and forced Duke into 24 turnovers. Coach Williams said, “It was a team effort. They did a great job of locking in on the scouting report. We knew who their go-to players were going to be, and we did a great job taking away some of their strengths.”
Dana Evans finished with 16 points and 5 steals. Coach Williams said, “Dana in particular in the second half did a good job penetrating the zone and looking for her shot and her teammate.” She added, “She takes pride in her defense I can tell you that.”
Asia Durr had 2 points at halftime but finished the game with 13. Coach Williams said, “Asia’s gonna be fine. There’s no-one that works harder so you know that it’s coming. She’s just working through one of those things right now, and I’m confident she’s going to bounce back.”
A great time for a “bounce back” would be this Thursday when the Cards travel to South Bend to play the defending national champions. The game is at 7pm and can be seen on ESPN.