SERIES HISTORY – Syracuse vs. Louisville
Louisville and Syracuse have met 12 times in series history, with the Cardinals holding a 7-5 advantage. The Orange boast a 4-2 record in games played in Syracuse. The two programs were conference rivals during their time together in the BIG EAST.
Last time out, Louisville outscored Syracuse 49-28 in the second half to earn a 78-58 victory and deliver head coach Jeff Walz his 200th career win. The Cardinals had 26 assists on 31 baskets and hit 51.7 percent of their shots. Myisha Hines-Allen had 23 points off the bench on 11-of-14 shooting, and Mariya Moore poured in 21.
In the last game in New York, Syracuse outscored Louisville 41-28 in the second half to earn a 68-57 victory on March 4, 2013. Shoni Schimmel scored a game-high 19 points for the Cardinals, who connected on just 27.6 percent of their second-half shots.
GAME FACTS – Louisville at Syracuse
Date: Monday, Jan. 25
Time: 7:02 p.m. ET
Site: Carrier Dome (34,616), Syracuse, N.Y.
TV: Regional Sports Networks (Fox Sports South in Louisville) will broadcast the game, with Tom Werme (play-by-play) and LaChina Robinson (analyst) calling the action.
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: Louisville leads the all-time series 7-5 (5-1 in Louisville, 2-4 in Syracuse). Louisville defeated Syracuse 78-58 on Jan. 29, 2015, in the KFC Yum! Center.
Next UofL Game: Thursday, Jan. 28 vs. Clemson, KFC Yum! Center/Crum Court in Louisville, Ky., 7 p.m. ET (ESPN3)
The University of Louisville women’s basketball team heads this weekend to the northeast, where it faces Syracuse on Monday evening at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y.
The Jan. 25 contest will air on the ACC Regional Sports Networks (Fox Sports South in Louisville), with Tom Werme (play-by-play) and LaChina Robinson (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.
The Cardinals (14-5, 6-0 ACC) extended their winning streak to 11 games last time out, with a 92-90 comeback victory at NC State on Jan. 17. It also kept Louisville atop the ACC, tied with Notre Dame.
Louisville scored 56 second-half points, including 35 in the fourth period, while holding the Wolfpack to a combined 7-of-18 shooting in the final two periods. The Cardinals finished the contest shooting 50.8 percent from the field and connecting on a season-high 12 3-pointers.
Mariya Moore, the reigning ACC Player of the Week, scored 24 of her career-high 31 points over the final 20 minutes. The sophomore, whose point total is the most by a Cardinal in two seasons, shot 10-of-19 and also added seven assists. She registered the Cardinals’ final four points, all from the free throw line, to tie and then win the contest.
Asia Durr also had a stellar performance, scoring a season-best 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting, going 5-for-5 from 3-point range. She was named ACC Rookie of the Week a day before becoming the first player in program history to earn U.S. Basketball Writers Association National Freshman of the Week accolades.
On the season, Myisha Hines-Allen is pacing the Cardinals in scoring (15.1) and rebounding (7.6), with a team-best 51.9 percent shooting. Moore is second on the team in scoring (14.7), while boasting a team-best 93 assists. Briahanna Jackson rounds out the top-three scorers at 12.7 points per contest, with a program-leading 44 steals. Durr now is averaging double-digit points, scoring 10.3 off the bench.
Nationally, Louisville is 11th in turnover margin (+5.84), 20th in turnovers forced (20.68), 25th in steals per game (10.6), and 30th in assists per game (16.5).
The Orange (14-5, 4-2) had their three-game winning streak snapped, when they fell 90-62 at No. 3 Notre Dame on Thursday. Syracuse, despite grabbing 28 offensive rebounds for 23 second-chance points, managed to hit just 28.0 of its shots. The Orange also made only 10 of their 17 free throws.
Brianna Butler and Alexis Peterson led Syracuse in scoring with 12 points apiece, however, the duo combined to go 8-for-35 from the floor. Brittney Sykes added nine points and seven rebounds, and Cornelia Fondren had eight points and eight rebounds.
On the season, Peterson is pacing the team in scoring (14.2) and assists, with 103. Brianna Butler (13.2) and Briana Day (10.7) also are averaging double figures in points, with Butler hitting a league-best 63 pointers (206 attempts), and Day boasting a team-best 7.5 rebounds per game. Fondren has a team-high 53 steals.
Nationally, Syracuse ranks second in steals per game (14.4), turnovers forced (25.0), and turnover margin (+10.68), fifth in offensive rebounds per game (19.1), and eighth in 3-point field goals per game (9.4).
Under the direction of 10th-year coach Quentin Hillsman, Syracuse has put together a 203-113 record. The Orange were picked to finish fifth in the ACC Preseason Media Poll.
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