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Sophomore Asia Durr scores 34 points as the Louisville women's basketball team rolls to a fourth win on the season

The University of Louisville women's basketball team rolled to a 4-0 record with an 83-58 victory over Bowling Green on Saturday afternoon in the Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge in the KFC Yum Center. Asia Durr scored 34 points to lead the way.

It was the Asia Durr show in the KFC Yum Center on Saturday.

The sophomore guard had 34 points and hit 8 of 13 from three-point range to lead the Louisville women's basketball team to an 83-58 victory over Bowling Green in day one of the Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge.

Durr, the former No. 1 player in the country who was injured much of last season, was 12 of 18 from the field and finished with 34 points, two rebounds, one assist, one blocked shot and just one turnover in 23 minutes.

The Cardinals are now 4-0 on the season.

MVP of the game

Hmmm, let me think?

Well, that's pretty easy as Asia Durr scored the first 13 points of the second half and at one point late in the third quarter was tied with Bowling Green at 34 points. She scored her 34 in less than three quarters on the floor.

She is averaging 24.5 points a game and has hit on 23 of 44 - 52.3 percent  - from three-point range.

Three takeaways

1. Durr is Player of the Year candidate: Myisha Hines-Allen is the preseason ACC Player of the Year and averaging 11.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in just 19.5 minutes a game for the Cardinals in the early part of the season.

But it's obvious that a healthy Durr is the team's most talented player. She's virtually unstoppable by opponents.

And now the thing that Durr is going to do is make Hines-Allen and Mariya Moore that much better. The focus from opponents will have to shift to Durr, leaving the other two stars to work a little easier on the defensive end.

2. The boom is coming: It took a little longer in this one but this Louisville team is always good for one big run.

The Cardinals opened the second half with an 18-2 run that took just 2:36.

3. Cards doing it with defense: Louisville forced 32 turnovers against Bowling Green, marking the fourth time in four games that the defense has forced at least 20 turnovers. The opponents are losing the ball 26.8 times a game.

Three pointers

*****The Cardinals have won 29 of their last 33 games, dating back to last season. U of L is now 162-17 when scoring at least 70 points with Jeff Walz as the head coach.

*****Louisville is 31 of 83 from three-point range in four games.

*****Louisville had 24 assists on 35 made field goals and for the season already has 87 assists on 134 made field goals. Mariya Moore leads the Cardinals with 20 assists in four games.

Quotable

U of L coach Jeff Walz as asked if he puts Asia Durr in the same class with former U of L All-Americans Angel McCoughtry and Shoni Schimmel:

“She's four games into her sophomore year," Walz said. Before I sit there and tell you she's Angel or Shoni, let's give her a few more ball games. Is she talented? Yes. Does she shoot the 3? And what I'll say for her is right now she is being a lot more efficient than I think both of them were. She's getting points without taking as many shots.

"Now, Shoni passed the ball a lot better than Asia passes it right now just because her court vision was off the charts. You know she would drive and dish and she'd end up with a night of like 34 (points) and five assists. That's something Asia is developing as she goes. Right now, I want her to shoot. I told her that, 'when you get it, shoot it'."

Up next . . . 

The Cardinals will continue the Hall of Fame Challenge on Sunday at 4 o'clock with a game against Lafayette (1-3). U of L will take on Chattanooga on Monday night at 7 o'clock.


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