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Louisville 79, Pittsburgh 47

PITTSBURGH - Missing two starters, including one of the best overall players in the country, it took a little while for No. 5 Louisville to get going against Pittsburgh.

Specifically, it took 10 minutes. The Cardinals (25-3, 14-2 ACC) led the Panthers by one point at the end of the first quarter but then took over. Louisville outscored Pitt 50-17 over the middle two periods to turn the game into a rout.

Starting point guard Dana Evans and shooting guard Elizabeth Balogun were both held out with injuries, but the Cardinals have plenty of quality depth to turn to.

"We had a few players that had to step up and play more minutes than they played in the past," Louisville coach Jeff Walz said. "I thought everybody played about as well as they could have today."

One of those players was senior forward Kylee Shook. Usually relied on for her defense, Shook stepped up to score a team-high 17 points and grab 10 rebounds. Shook now has six double-doubles on the season and three in her last four games.

"That was kind of my focus this year coming in as a senior," Shook said. "I felt like I had to be more aggressive on the offensive part of my game."

Fellow senior Yacine Diop added 15 points and four steals. As a team, Louisville forced 22 Pitt turnovers and turned them into 26 points.

The Cardinals turned the ball over just nine times while assisting on 21 of 30 made baskets. Mykasa Robinson led Louisville with eight assists and also grabbed seven rebounds.

Junior Gabbie Green scored 11 points to lead the Panthers (4-23, 1-15), who have dropped seven straight. Dayshanette Harris had 10 points and five rebounds.

Associated Press


February 23, 2020

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