Women's basketball: Louisville earns Team of the Week while on longest win streak
Currently enjoying the longest winning streak in program history, the Louisville Cardinals are the NCAA.com Team of the Week.
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Picked during the preseason to finish second in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), the Cardinals set a program record for consecutive wins to start a season, improving to 16-0 with ACC opening wins last week at Georgia Tech (74-71) and North Carolina State (55-47). The road wins against two solid teams, placed Louisville in prime position for an upcoming homestand that includes Duke (Jan. 4), Virginia Tech (Jan. 7) and Notre Dame (Jan. 11). Florida State will come to Louisville on Jan. 21. The Cardinals are ranked third in the latest Associated Press women's college basketball poll.
Louisville’s latest triumph over North Carolina State was fueled by Myisha Hines-Allen, who had 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Asia Durr also scored 17 points for the Cardinals, who tied the 2013-14 team for the longest winning streak in program history. Louisville began the game on a 26-1 run as North Carolina State missed its first 24 shots from the field. The Cardinals led 41-18 midway through the third quarter and held on after their lead was trimmed to 47-43 late in the fourth.
Against Georgia Tech on Dec. 28, it was Durr, playing in her hometown, who led the way with 38 points for the Cardinals. The 5-10 junior is currently fourth in the ACC in scoring at 20.1 points per game and had earlier in the season set a Louisville scoring record with 47 points against Ohio State. Together with Hines-Allen (13.8 points per game), Louisville has one of the best scoring tandems in the country this season, with Durr and Hines-Allen averaging a combined 33.9 points per game.
Louisville currently has a scoring margin of 24.8 points per a game this season which ranks second in the ACC behind Florida State. The Cardinals are averaging 80.7 points per game, while surrendering only 55.9.