GAME FACTS – Duke at Louisville

Date: Sunday, Jan. 10
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Site: KFC Yum! Center/Crum Court (22,000), Louisville, Ky.
TV: ESPN3 will broadcast the game, with Don Russell (play-by-play) and Sara White (analyst) calling the action.
Radio: WKRD 790 AM will broadcast the game, with Matt Andrews (play-by-play) and Adrienne Johnson (analyst) calling the action.
Series History: Duke leads the all-time series 2-1 (2-1 in Durham). Duke defeated Louisville 66-58 on Feb. 2, 2015, in Durham, N.C.

The University of Louisville women’s basketball team squares off against No. 18/16 Duke on Sunday afternoon in the KFC Yum! Center at 1 p.m. 

The contest will air on ESPN3, with Don Russell (play-by-play) and Sara White (analyst) on the call. The radio broadcast will be available on WKRD 790 AM in Louisville, with Matt Andrews (play-by-play) and Adrienne Johnson (analyst) calling the action. 

Heading into the Jan. 10 game, Louisville boasts an eight-game winning streak. Under head coach Jeff Walz, Louisville has a 46-20 record in games played in the month of January.  The Cardinals have currently won 18 of their last 19 games played in the month, including winning 22-consecutive home games since the 2009-2010 season. 

Louisville (11-5, 3-0 ACC) earned its third-consecutive win to begin conference play with a 56-45 victory over Virginia Tech on Thursday night. The Cardinals’ defense limited Virginia Tech to just 37.5 percent shooting from the field, allowing the Hokies just five points in the second quarter. Louisville also forced 21 turnovers in the win. 

Myisha Hines-Allen scored a game-high 18 points to go along with 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double on the season. Briahanna Jackson had 13 points, reaching 1,000 for her career in the game, to go with three steals, and three rebounds. Cortnee Walton finished with four points and a game-high 11 rebounds, her fifth time this year with double-digit boards. 

Hines-Allen is pacing the Cardinals in scoring (15.5) and rebounding (7.9) and connecting on 51.9 percent of her shots. Jackson is second on the team in scoring at 14.5 per contest, while collecting a team-high 44 steals. Moore rounds out the top three scorers at 13.9 per contest to go with 77 assists, the most on the team.

Nationally, Louisville is 12th in total steals (167), 14th in turnover margin (+5.56) and total assists (268), and 21st in turnovers forced per game (20.94) 

Duke (12-4, 1-1 ACC) has won three out of its last four games after posting a 95-68 decision against Wake Forest on Thursday

Duke’s defense held Wake Forest to just 37.5 percent shooting in the second half and forced 23 turnovers in the game. The Blue Devils shot 53.8 percent from the field for the game, connecting on 10-of-18 (55.6 percent) 3-point field goal attempts. 

Azurá Stephens had a game-high 23 points, shooting 9-of-16 (56.3 percent) from the floor. She also recorded three blocks in the game to go along with seven rebounds. Rebecca Greenwell scored 21 points, including shooting 50.0 percent (5-of-10) from the 3-point line. Greenwell had a game-high nine rebounds and four steals. Angela Salvadores added 18 points, hitting 7-of-10 (70.0 percent) from the floor, with 4-of-5 (80.0 percent) from beyond the arc. 

On the season, Stevens is leading the Blue Devils in scoring, averaging 18.1 points per game. She also leads the team in rebounds at 9.0 per game. Greenwell has made a team-high 39 3s for Duke at a 39.4 percent clip. Salvadores leads the team in assists with 61, averaging 3.8 per game. 

Duke ranks in the top-25 nationally in multiple statistics: total rebounds (10th, 656), 3-point field goal percentage (12th, 24.7 percent), field goal percentage (18th, 46.1), rebounding margin (21st, +10.3), total blocks (21st, 76), and field goal percentage defense (21st, 34.3 percent).

Duke leads the series 2-1 over the Cardinals, winning last year’s matchup in Durham. This season’s meeting marks the first between the two programs in Louisville. 

The two teams faced off on Feb. 2 last year in Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C., where Duke earned a 66-58 victory. The Blue Devils held Louisville to just 35.4 percent shooting from the field. Elizabeth Williams had five of the Blue Devils’ 11 blocks in the game. Sara Hammond scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Cardinals.

Louisville’s defense forced 22 Duke turnovers. Azura Stevens had high 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting

Next UofL Game: Thursday, Jan. 14 at Virginia, John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Va., 7 p.m. ET

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