After moving up to No. 2 in both the Associated Press and USA Today polls, Louisville women’s basketball travels to Columbus, Ohio, to play Ohio State on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
Last week, the Cardinals claimed the Paradise Jam Island Division crown by finishing a perfect 3-0 against UT Arlington, Oklahoma State and No. 1 Oregon. All three teams entered the tournament with an undefeated record.
The win over Oregon marked Louisville’s second ever win over a No. 1 team and the first since their 82-81 victory over No. 1 Baylor in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
Dana Evans was named espnW, USBWA and ACC Player of the Week following her MVP performance at the Paradise Jam. She finished the week averaging a tournament-best 21.3 points, while shooting 47 percent from the floor, 11-21 (.524) from 3-point range and 17-18 (.944) from the free throw line.
Evans is leading the Atlantic Coast Conference with 19.6 points per game and 24 made 3-pointers. She is shooting 52 percent from beyond the arc, which ranks second the league, and her 3.4 assists per game rank 13th.
Kylee Shook was named to the Paradise Jam All-Tournament team after scoring a season-high 18 points and tying a career high with 15 rebounds. It also marked her fourth double-double of the season.
Louisville finished November unscathed (8-0) for the third consecutive season and are 22-0 in November over that span. All-time, head coach Jeff Walz is 74-13 (.851) in November.
The ACC went 8-6 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge last season and is 9-0-3 overall in the challenge. UofL is 4-1 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. 2018 – Louisville 85, Nebraska 68 (at UL); 2017 – Louisville 72, Indiana 59 (at IU); 2016 – Maryland 78, Louisville 72 (at UL); 2015 – Louisville 85, Michigan State 78 (at MSU); 2014 – Louisville 86, Iowa 52 (at UL)
ABOUT THE BUCKEYES
Ohio State enters Thursday’s contest with a 4-3 record and just went 1-1 in the Southpoint Shootout in Las Vegas, Nev. They lost 68-53 to South Dakota and won 64-46 over Northern Iowa. Prior to venturing to Vegas, the Buckeyes played No. 4 UConn close at home, eventually falling 73-62.
Sophomore Dorka Juhasz leads Ohio State in scoring (10.2 ppg) and rebounds (8.5 rpg), while freshman Kierstan Bell is the only other Buckeye in double figures with 10.0 points per game.
Defensively, Ohio State is allowing opponents to shoot just 34.6 percent, which ranks 45th in the country and their 5.0 blocks per game rank 26th in the NCAA.
Series History – Louisville is 2-0 all-time against the Buckeyes and both games have been played in Columbus. The Cardinals won 67-66 in the Women’s Sports Foundation Tournament on Dec. 14, 2001 and they won 95-90 in overtime in the Countdown to Columbus at Nationwide Arena on Nov. 12, 2017.
The Last Meeting (Nov. 12, 2017) – Asia Durr scored a school-record 47 points as No. 9 Louisville women’s basketball downed No. 5 Ohio State, 95-90, in overtime in the Countdown to Columbus. In a game of runs, Louisville led the majority of the way, but Ohio State made a late spurt to force overtime. But, Durr, who controlled the entire game, took over in the extra period. She knocked down 3-of-4 shots and 6-of-6 free throws for 13 of the Cards’ 15 overtime points to lead Louisville to victory. Durr’s 47 points surpassed the previous school record of 43, set by Angel McCoughtry in 2009 against Providence. She finished the game 16-of-29 from the floor, 9-of-15 from three-point range and 6-of-6 from the free throw line. Her nine three-pointers tied the school record, set by Shoni Schimmel against Memphis in 2014.
Date: Thursday, Dec. 5
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Site: Value City Arena | Columbus, Ohio
TV: Big 10 Network, Chris Vosters, play-by-play; Vera Jones, analyst
Radio: 790 AM (WKRD), Nick Curran, play-by-play; Adrienne Johnson, analyst
Last Meeting: W, 74-61 (Nov. 19, 2019 at KFC Yum! Center)
Series History: 2-0 (0-0 home, 0-2 away, 0-0 neutral)
UofL National Ranking: 2nd Associated Press, 9th USA Today
Next Game: Sunday, Dec. 8 at Northern Kentucky
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Asst. Sports Information DirectorWomen’s Basketball, Women’s Lacrosse
University of Louisville Athletics