GAMEDAY Womens Basketball

Louisville 84, Syracuse 71

By GARY B. GRAVES
AP Sports Writer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Kianna Smith and Hailey Van Lith each scored 20 points, with Van Lith making a couple of clutch baskets to spark a critical 9-0 run in the final minutes to help No. 3 Louisville escape Syracuse 84-71.

The determined Orange rallied to tie the game at 62 early in the fourth before Smith and Van Lith delivered consecutive 3s to give the Cardinals (14-1, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) a 68-64 edge. Van Lith made another basket before Olivia Cochran followed with a three-point play to make it 73-66 with 3 minutes remaining. Van Lith added a jumper and Emily Engstler two free throws for a 77-66 cushion, Mykasa Robinson added a layup and Engstler closed with the game's final five points to cap Louisville's 14th consecutive victory.

Christianna Carr had 19 points and Chrislyn Carr 17 for Syracuse (8-8, 1-5), which shot 48% but dropped its fourth in a row.

Smith made 4 of 7 3-pointers and 8 of 12 shots overall, while Van Lith was 9 of 16 and 2 of 6 from deep. Louisville finished 34 of 66 from the field, with every basket needed to put away Syracuse. Engstler had 15 points and eight rebounds against her former team, while Cochran had 13 points and seven boards.


Syracuse
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
A. Styles F 39 4-5 2-4 0-0 4-8 2 0 2 3 4 10
C. Carr G 40 7-10 0-0 3-4 0-5 2 0 0 4 2 17
C. Carr G 36 6-14 4-4 3-8 2-3 2 1 1 5 3 19
N. Murray G 35 2-9 0-0 1-4 1-5 2 0 1 2 4 5
T. Hyman G 33 6-14 3-4 1-1 1-6 2 0 0 4 3 16
A. Rice 17 1-2 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 4
Totals   200 26-54
(.481)
11-14
(.786)
8-17
(.471)
9-31 10 1 4 20 16 71


Louisville
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
O. Cochran F 23 5-10 3-4 0-0 4-7 1 0 1 2 1 13
H. Van Lith G 39 9-16 0-0 2-6 0-3 3 0 1 1 1 20
K. Smith G 33 8-12 0-0 4-7 0-0 5 0 2 0 0 20
C. Hall G 32 1-6 0-0 0-2 3-5 2 0 5 3 2 2
E. Engstler G 25 4-8 6-6 1-2 0-8 5 1 0 2 3 15
M. Robinson 18 1-4 0-0 0-0 1-1 4 0 2 0 1 2
L. Dixon 15 4-6 0-0 0-0 2-3 2 1 0 1 0 8
P. Verhulst 8 1-3 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 0 0 2
N. Konno 7 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 1 1 2
Totals   200 34-66
(.515)
9-10
(.900)
7-17
(.412)
11-31 22 3 11 10 9 84


Officials: Karen Preato, Bruce Morris, Mark Berger
Attendance: 7,307




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