No. 2 Louisville bounced back into the win column with a 61-44 win over Georgia Tech on Sunday afternoon in front of a crowd of 10,570 at home.
The Cardinals jumped out to a 15-2 early lead to start the game, primarily led by Asia Durr who scored eight of her game-high 21 points within the first three minutes of the game. Sam Fuehring netted her 6th career double-double with 13 points and a career-high 14 rebounds.
The Louisville defense held the Yellow Jacket's offense to a season-low 26-percent from the field on the game and forced 21 turnovers. They got up and pressured the Georgia Tech guards within the 3/4 court, they did a great job of anticipating passing lanes and knocking down cross-court passes, and used their size on the inside to limit their paint touches. Ultimately, they forced Tech to shoot it from the perimeter.
Georgia Tech came out strong defensively in the third quarter themselves and held Louisville to just 28-percent shooting. That effort sparked a 6-0 run cutting the game to single digits headed into the fourth, but Louisville regained control in the 4th outscoring Tech 17-11.
Elizabeth Balogun led the Yellow Jackets with a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double.
One of the biggest bright sports for the young Tech team, who's roster features only three upperclassmen, were the rebounding numbers. They were dominant on the glass as they out-rebounded Louisville 46-32, with 21 of them being offensive rebounds. They converted those o-boards to 15 second chance points. A key to their ability to keep the game as close as they did considering scoring struggles.
Louisville currently sits at 15-1, 3-1 in the ACC while Georgia Tech dropped to 12-5, 2-2. Louisville hosts Virginia this Thursday at home at 7:00pm while Georgia Tech heads back out on the road to Clemson that same night.
Other ACC Weekend Scores:
No. 1 Notre Dame 78, Wake Forest 48
Boston College 59, Pittsburgh 55
Clemson 57, No. 22 Florida State 45
No. 8 NC State 66, Virginia 38
No. 12 Syracuse 90, North Carolina 77