No. 2 Louisville women’s basketball (22-1, 9-1) looks to extend its eight-game winning streak when it plays at Virginia Tech (15-7, 2-7) on Sunday afternoon at 12 p.m. ET.
With the win 76-51 win over No. 15 Syracuse on Thursday, UofL is 5-1 against Associated Press Top 25 teams this season and 14-4 in the last two years.
Dana Evans finished with 12 points, on 4-7 shooting from deep, while adding six rebounds, four assists and four steals.
In the last four games, she is averaging 15.8 points, while shooting 16-30 (.533) from 3-point range and dishing out 3.8 assists. She is 16-30 (.533) from deep in the last four games. In the first 19 games this season, she was 14-38 (.368) from beyond the arc.
Kylee Shook recorded her third double-double of the year, and sixth of her career, with 12 points and 11 rebounds vs. Syracuse. She had 10 points and 11 rebounds vs. UNC and 15 points and 11 rebounds vs. NKU for her other two double-doubles.
She ranks seventh on the team with 7.6 points per game, while pulling down 6.6 rebounds, which is tied with Sam Fuehring for team-lead. In ACC games, she is averaging 8.6 points and a team-high 8.1 rebounds.
After holding opponents to less than 50 points in six of last eight games, UofL’s scoring defense has improved from 64.3 to 59.0 points per game and moved from 182 to 64 nationally. During that eight-game stretch, opponents are averaging 48.9 points per game, while shooting 31.5 percent from the floor and 24.5 percent from 3-point range.
ABOUT THE HOKIES
Virginia Tech enters Sunday’s game with a 15-7 record, 2-7 in the ACC. They entered conference play with a perfect 13-0 record and moved up as high as No. 25 in the USA Today Coaches poll. The Hokies then went on to lose their first seven games in ACC play. They got their first ACC win at Pitt (W, 74-58) and backed that up with a win at Boston College (W, 95-86).
The Hokies rank first in the ACC in free throw percentage (.792) and 3-point field goals made (9.5 per game), second in 3-point field goal percentage (.383), second in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.273), second in defensive rebound percentage (.747) and fourth in scoring defense (60.5 points per game).
Senior Taylor Emery leads the team and ranks fourth in the ACC with 17.9 points per game. Redshirt senior Regan Magarity leads the league with 12.5 rebounds per game, while averaging 13.8 points, which ranks 20th in the league. Freshman Dara Mabrey is averaging 12.4 points per game, while shooting a league-best 48.7 percent from 3-point range, while knocking down 2.7 3-pointers per game, which ranks third.
Series History – UofL is 20-17 all-time against Virginia Tech and 7-10 in Blacksburg, Va. The Cards have won five straight and are 5-0 against the Hokies since joining the ACC, 2-0 at Virginia Tech. When the Cards and Hokies met on Feb. 19, 2015 in Blacksburg (W, 69-49), it marked the first time in 20 years that the two teams had squared off. Last season, UofL beat VT twice. They won 67-56 at the KFC Yum! Center and 73-70 in the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals. Louisville won 88-70 on Feb. 9, 2017 in their last matchup in Blacksburg.
Date: Sunday, Feb. 10
Time: 12 p.m. ET
Site: Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Va. (9,250)
Radio: WKRD-790, Nick Curran, play-by-play; Adrienne Johnson, analyst
Video: RSN (Fox Sports South), Jenn Hildreth, play-by-play; Kelley Deyo, analyst
Last Meeting: W, 73-70 (March 2, 2018 at ACC Quarters)
Series History: 20-17 (9-7 Homes, 7-10 Away, 4-0 Neutral)
UofL National Ranking: 2nd Associated Press, 2nd USA Today
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Asst. Sports Information DirectorWomen’s Basketball, Women’s Lacrosse