Durr scores and dishes as No. 5 Louisville beats Nebraska
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Asia Durr scored 25 points to lead No. 5 Louisville to an 85-68 victory over visiting Nebraska Thursday night in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge.
Playing a team that has four starters returning from an NCAA Tournament trip last season, the Cardinals (7-0) never really dominated in the first three quarters, but they weren’t really threatened either. After the first quarter, the Huskers (2-4) never got closer than five points to the Cardinals, and that came with 6:30 left in the first half.
Louisville finally broke away with a 10-2 run than spanned the final minute of the third quarter and the first 1:38 of the fourth that. Bionca Dunham’s inside jumper made it 68-52 with 8:22 left in the game.
The Cardinals led by as 24 points in the final period. Durr, a senior guard and national player of the year candidate, didn’t just provide a scoring punch. She added a career-high eight assists before leaving the game with 3:21 left. Five of those came in the final quarter.
Sam Fuehring added 14 points and 10 rebounds for Louisville, while Arica Carter pitched in 12 points.
Maddie Simon scored a season-high 16 points to lead the Cornhuskers, who also got a season-high 15 points from Hannah Whitish.
Nebraska: Having already played two ranked teams, the Cornhuskers didn’t come into the Yum Center the least bit intimidated. They shot 56 percent in the first quarter and even led midway through the period. However, it wasn’t enough to overcome their season-high 23 turnovers.
Louisville: While the Cardinals defense has been good at forcing turnovers, it has been a little shaky of late in allowing opponents better looks at the rim. After keeping their first four opponents under 40 percent, the Cardinals have allowed 45.8 percent in the last three games.
Nebraska: The Cornhuskers venture to Omaha Sunday for an afternoon contest against Creighton.
Louisville: The Cardinals play their third of six straight home games on Sunday when they host Tennessee State.