The No. 13 University of Louisville women’s basketball team and No. 3 Notre Dame square off Sunday at 2 p.m. in the KFC Yum! Center.
The Feb. 7 contest will air on ESPN2, with Pam Ward (play-by-play) and Carolyn Peck (analyst) on the call. The radio broadcast will be available on WKRD 790 AM (also on the TuneIn app) in Louisville, with Matt Andrews (play-by-play) and Adrienne Johnson (analyst) calling the action.
Coming into Sunday’s game, both Louisville and Notre Dame are on 15-game winning streaks and remain undefeated in the ACC (10-0). The Cardinals are just one win shy of tying the school’s longest winning streak of 16 consecutive games.
Louisville (18-5, 10-0 ACC) registered its eighth win away from home this season after a 78-60 victory over North Carolina on Thursday night. Sophomore Mariya Moore reached the 20-point mark for the second-consecutive game, scoring 22 points and making 7-of-9 (77.8 percent) of her free-throw attempts. As a team, Louisville shot 86.4 percent (19-of-22) from the foul line. Louisville also scored 17 second-chance points on 16 offensive rebounds.
Freshman Asia Durr tied a season high in points (21) and went 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. Sophomore Myisha Hines-Allen registered her seventh career double-double, with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Cortnee Walton grabbed nine rebounds, including a season-high eight on the defensive end.
Hines-Allen is pacing the Cardinals in scoring (15.6) and rebounding (7.8), while Moore boosted her season average to 14.8 points, with a team-high 107 assists. Durr, who has been stellar in league play, has recorded double-digit points in nine-consecutive contests and is producing 11.6 points.
Notre Dame (22-1, 10-0) enters Sunday’s game on a 15-game winning streak and an 82-46 victory over NC State on Thursday night.
Notre Dame defeated NC State 82-46 on Thursday in South Bend. The Fighting Irish shot 52.6 percent from the field and rallied for 27 points off the Wolfpack’s 24 turnovers. Defensively, Notre Dame limited NC State to 33.3 percent shooting.
Madison Cable had a game-high 25 points, and Brianna Turner added 14 points in 19 minutes. Marina Mabrey (11), Lindsay Allen (10), and Arike Ogunbowale (10) also scored in double figures. Allen had a game-best eight assists.
On the season, Cable is pacing the Fighting Irish in scoring (14.0) and has connected on nearly 50 percent of her long-range shots (51-for-109). Turner is second in scoring (13.9), while averaging a team-high 6.9 rebounds. Marina Mabrey (11.7) and Ogunbowale (11.4) round out the top four scorers. Allen boasts an ACC-leading 5.6 assists per game.
Nationally, Notre Dame is first in 3-point field goal percentage (41.6), fourth in field goal percentage (49.1), sixth in scoring margin (+20.1), eighth in assists per game (18.3), 10th in scoring offense (80.4), and 15th in free throws made (342; 14.9 per game).
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SERIES HISTORY – Notre Dame vs. Louisville
Louisville and Notre Dame were members of the BIG EAST Conference from 2005-13 and have met 15 times. The Fighting Irish hold an 11-4 advantage, including winning the last three meetings in Louisville.
The last time the two programs met, Notre Dame outscored Louisville 37-24 in the second half and earned a 68-52 victory in South Bend on Feb. 23. The Cardinals shot just 33.3 percent from the field, but held a 37-33 advantage on the boards. Shawnta’ Dyer, Mariya Moore, and Sara Hammond scored 11 points apiece.
The two programs faced each other in Louisville on Feb. 20, 2012, and the Fighting Irish used a 40-point second half for a 68-52 win. Antonita Slaughter was the Cardinals’ lone double-digit scorer with 12 points.
GAME FACTS – Notre Dame at Louisville
Date: Sunday, Feb.7
Time: 2:01 p.m. ET
Site: KFC Yum! Center (22,000), Louisville, Ky.
TV: ESPN2 will broadcast the game, with Pam Ward (play-by-play) and Carolyn Peck (analyst) calling the game.
Radio: WKRD 790 AM (also on TuneIn) will broadcast the game, with Matt Andrews (play-by-play) and Adrienne Johnson (analyst) calling the action.
Series History: Notre Dame leads 11-4 (4-1 in Louisville, 4-2 in South Bend, 3-1 neutral). Notre Dame defeated Louisville 68-52 on Feb. 23, 2015, in South Bend, Ind.
Next UofL Game: Thursday, Feb. 11 vs. Pittsburgh, Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh, Pa. (ESPN3)
by Ira Green


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