University of Louisville women’s basketball continues its homestand when it hosts UT Martin on Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.
With the 107-52 win over Tennessee State, the Cardinals move to 8-0 on the year. It marks the second straight season and the fourth time in the Walz era that they have started with wins in their first eight games.
Asia Durr was named ACC Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 20.0 points, 4.7 assists and 4.0 rebounds, while shooting 51 percent from the floor, in home wins over Miami (Ohio), Nebraska and Tennessee State.
She opened with 16 points, on just 13 shots, while adding three assists and three steals vs. Miami (Ohio). She then had 25 points on 8-17 shooting, 4-9 from 3-pt range, and a career high eight assists vs. Nebraska. On Sunday against Tennessee State, she finished with 19 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals. During the week, she eclipsed both 1,900 career points, moving into fourth place all-time in program history, and 300 career 3-pointers, ranking second all-time.
It marks the second time this season and the eighth time in her career that she has been named ACC Player of the Week. She also earned the honor at the end of the first week of the season after averaging 28.5 points per game in wins at Western Kentucky and Chattanooga.
Kylee Shook recorded a program-record eight blocks in the 107-52 win over Tennessee State. It broke the previous mark of seven set by Sheronne Vails vs. Houston Baptist on Nov. 17, 2010.
The eight blocks on Sunday give Shook 100 blocks in her career, which is just outside of the program’s all-time top 10 list. Sara Hammond (2011-15) ranks 10th with 102 career blocks.
Shook’s previous career high for blocks in a game was six against Middle Tennessee on Dec. 9, 2017. Last year, Shook finished with 51 blocks, which ranked third all-time in a single season behind only Yuliya Tokova (59, 2006-07) and Angel McCoughtry (56, 2006-07).
In addition to the eight blocks, Shook added eight points and a career-high 14 rebounds.
Louisville finished with 11 blocks in the win, which marks the most in the Walz era, eclipsing the previous high of 10 vs. UT Martin on Dec. 5, 2017. The program-record for blocks in a game is 13 vs. Kentucky State on Jan. 25, 1984.
The 107 points in a game rank sixth all-time in program history and it’s the second time this season that the Cardinals have eclipsed 100 points. They finished with 37 points in the third quarter, which ties the most points ever in a quarter. They also had 37 points in the second quarter against Hartford earlier this season.
ABOUT THE SKYHAWKS
Last year, UT Martin went 19-15 overall and 13-5 in OVC play. They fell 74-50 at Indiana in the first round of the WNIT. They return two starters from a year ago and are off to a 5-2 start this season. Their two losses are at IUPUI, 73-72, and at Northwestern, 90-64. They won 81-79 at Chattanooga last Wednesday. They have three players averaging double figures, led by sophomore Chelsey Perry’s 12.1. Redshirt-freshman Damiah Griffin averages 11.9 and junior Aundrea Adams averages 10.7. Overall, the Skyhawks rank 12th in the country with 86.6 points per game.
Series History – UofL is 7-0 all-time against UT Martin. This marks the eighth time in the past nine years that the two teams have met. The only season during that stretch where they didn’t meet was 2013-14. Louisville is 5-0 against the Skyhawks at the KFC Yum! Center, winning 91-56 last year on Dec. 5, 2017. The Cardinals have won the seven games by an average margin of 25.7 points and the smallest margin of victory was a 13-poinit victory (W, 70-57) on Dec. 28, 2011.
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 4
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Site: KFC Yum! Center
Louisville, Ky. (22,000)
Radio: WKRD-790, Nick Curran, play-by-play; Adrienne Johnson, analyst
Last Meeting: W, 91-56 (Dec. 5, 2017 at KFC Yum! Center)
Series History: 7-0 (5-0 Home, 2-0 Away, 0-0 Neutral)
UofL National Ranking: 5th Associated Press, 4th USA Today
Officials: Edward Sidlasky, Maggie Tieman, Ryan Durham