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For the past few years the dominant factor in ACC women’s basketball has unquestionably been Notre Dame. That all came to an abrupt end as Louisville invited the Irish into their house Thursday night. The Cardinals took firm control of the conference with a dominant win and broke an 11 game losing streak at the hands of Notre Dame.

Jeff Walz’s team moves to 19-0 and after defeating the #2 team in the country he was asked should they be the #1 team in the country? Walz emphatically responded, “No, I’ll leave that to UConn. You don’t want to poke a bear.”

The Cardinals will get their shot at the Huskies in one month when they travel to Hartford on February 12.

In front of a basketball savvy crowd of 12,614 Louisville dispatched the Irish behind the offensive duo of Asia Durr and Myisha Hines-Allen. Durr delivered 36 points on the night and Hines-Allen went 15 of 20 for 31 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

Louisville shot a blazing 72 percent in the first half leading to a 56-28 lead going into the locker rooms.


Cardinals Upset Apple Cart


Defense played a key part in the overall success of the Cardinals as well. Walz had Jazmine Jones go to work on Irish guard Arike Ogunbowale who had been averaging 20.8 points per game.

With a combination of full court pressure Jones essentially shut down Ogunbowale who went 1 of 6, hitting a three and finishing with five total points.

Walz applied that defensive posture in making Notre Dame’s offense work twice as hard to find the basket.

How significant of a win within the conference was it? Take into consideration that the Irish have only lost three games since joining the conference.

For Notre Dame, Muffet McGraw’s offense wasn’t completely stymied as Jackie Young netted 23 and Marina Mabrey delivered 14 points for the Irish.


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