Once deliberate a primary claimant to redshirt, Asia Durr has proven personification by a pain is worthwhile.
The centerpiece of the Louisville women’s basketball team’s top-ranked 2015 recruiting category led a Cardinals to their ninth true win Sunday, this one by approach of maybe a team’s best 40 mins yet.
Durr scored 15 points in a 65-48 win over No. 18 Duke, removal a pivotal 3-pointer before she assisted another in a third entertain that put a Blue Devils divided early. The Georgia local also had open behind in her step, something blank a initial half of her beginner year while recuperating from offseason groin surgery.
“It’s been a struggle, and we know it’s been tough for me personally,” Durr said. “But I’m only perplexing to go out there and have fun since we adore this diversion so much. I’m perplexing to put all that behind in a past.”
Durr managed a season-high 28 mins on a building as a Cardinals (12-5, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) assisted on 18 of their 25 done baskets. Sophomore Mariya Moore combined 15 points, and Myisha Hines-Allen chipped in 14 to gait U of L.
Recruited as a indicate guard, Durr has taken to a No. 2 spot while still slowed by her injury. In November, manager Jeff Walz deliberate Durr’s symptoms critical adequate to cruise a year off.
A day after her manager done that statement, however, Durr poured in 20 points as a Cardinals dissapoint nationally ranked Michigan State. Durr was too gifted to go without, and doctors insist personification won’t make her condition worse.
Getting better, though?
“You could only tell with how she’s moving,” Walz said. “She done a integrate big-time plays. She’s really, unequivocally good with a basketball, and that’s what we need. You have to ensure her. She can get a round to her teammates as well. It gets us another scorer, and that’s unequivocally what we were lacking during a commencement of a year.”
So Durr was around to assistance fluster turnover-prone Duke early in Louisville’s full-court press, and apt flitting pushed a U of L lead to as many as 25 points in a second half. A subjection of a ranked competition should land a preseason No. 8 Cardinals behind in a Top 25 on Monday after they plummeted during a 1-4 start.
Durr was hurting, and her 4 associate first-year players had to grow adult “a lot faster than other freshmen do since we have so many of them on a team,” pronounced youth brazen Cortnee Walton, “and we count on them to play vital mins like Asia did today.”
Walton pronounced these days, Walz, who once pronounced this group had him during a finish of his rope, is “always yelling. He’s now yelling with a grin more.”
Sunday’s upset marred a homecoming for Owensboro Catholic product Rebecca Greenwell, a 2013 McDonald’s All American in her redshirt sophomore deteriorate during Duke (12-5, 1-2 ACC). Greenwell scored a team-high 14 points though went 4-of-11 from a field.
By a 42-36 margin, U of L also out-rebounded a Blue Devils team featuring 6-foot-5 Azura Stevens, 6-4 Amber Henson and 6-4 Oderah Chidom.
Three days after a Cardinals limited Virginia Tech to 18 first-half points, Duke managed only 17. An 8-0 Blue Devils run to finish a diversion – with U of L’s substitutes on a building and a press called off – done a better demeanour like a bit reduction of a drubbing.
“You take divided a final two-and-a-half minutes,” pronounced Walz, who educated his group to run out a clock, “and we really, unequivocally did a good job.”