#5 Rutgers Falls to Louisville

Rutgers' consecutive win streak versus un-ranked opponents came to an end on Sunday evening in Quartefinal action of the Big East Tournament. The Louisville Cardinals (22-8, 11-6), behind 20 points from their leading scorer Angel McCoughtry, ended RU's non-ranked win streak at 29. Rutgers will now await the NCAA Committee's decision though a #2 seed is likely.

After 27 lead changes and 7 ties, Louisville (23-8) continued their surprising run in the Big East Tournament with a 57-56 defeat of Rutgers (24-6).

The Scarlet Knights remain 1 victory shy of 25. The 25-win mark will extend the streak of 25 or more victories in a season to four straight seasons, a streak dating back to 2004-05, when RU 28 games.

Rutgers was able to hold Louisville under 50% shooting for the game, but it was the Cards' defense that proved decisive this time around. The Cards full-court pressure defense forced the Scarlet Knights into 16 turnovers. Like the previous outing between the two teams, Louisville owned the offensive glass, outrebounding Rutgers 21-17.

Rutgers was led by Epiphany Prince and Matee Ajavon, each of which contributed 13 points. Ajavon also aded 8 assists.

Angel McCoughtry led Louisville with 20 points, though she was just 8-of-25 from the field. Essence Carson, the Big East's Defensive Player of the Year for the third straight season, made one of the nation's most prolific scorers work for every one of her points.

In the end, it was a pair of shots by McCoughtry down the stretch that kept Lousivlle neck and neck with RU. With the Cards up by a point, McCoughtry then got her hand on the ball, making Prince's desparation trey a high degree of difficult shot that missed its mark.

Rutgers was playing for a likely #1 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament but seems headed for a #2 seed instead.

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