Michigan Wolverines women's basketball team knocked out of NCAA tournament
By GARY B. GRAVES
AP Sports Writer
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Asia Durr took the initial lead for top-seeded Louisville by finding teammates for baskets before knocking down shots, making sure to do both quickly.
It typified the Cardinals’ fast approach in many areas that ultimately left No. 8 Michigan a step behind.
Durr scored 24 points, including 12 in the first quarter to lead Louisville past the Wolverines 71-50 on Sunday in the second round of the women’s NCAA Tournament.
The Cardinals (31-3) started fast and stayed in gear on the way to earning their third consecutive Sweet 16 berth.
Louisville isn’t taking that achievement for granted.
Advancing meant getting a bigger, physical Michigan squad eager to follow up a 30-point first round win with a huge upset. The Cardinals didn’t let it happen, pushing the ball offensively while pressing Michigan defensively. It quickly built a 19-4 lead that steadily increased.
“We’re always trying to play our own game, whether it’s our transition game, just playing fast,” forward Sam Fuehring said. “Definitely worked today.”
Durr got the Cardinals going with two assists before adding the first of five 3-pointers in the game and a four-point play.
Louisville’s defense also came up big, holding the taller Wolverines to just 23 percent shooting in the second half and 43 percent overall. The Cardinals scored 28 points off 22 turnovers, forcing 17 by halftime alone.
Jazmine Jones added 15 points while Sam Fuehring and Dana Evans each had 10. Kylee Shook had 10 rebounds and guard Arica Carter seven after missing two games with a left knee injury.
Akienreh Johnson had 12 points and Kayla Robbins 10 for Michigan, which fell to 1-4 all-time against Louisville. Michigan (22-12) failed in its fifth attempt to reach the Sweet 16 in its history.
“You can’t put yourself in a 19-4 hole against a No. 1 seed and try to climb back from that,” Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico said. “We had cut it to six, but it’s not easy to climb back from that deficit. So, definitely a learning experience.”