No. 9 Louisville Set To Face No. 5 Ohio State In Countdown To Columbus

Jeff Walz
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The Cardinals are hitting the ground running this season. While Southeast Missouri seemed to be an easy victory for Louisville, the Cardinals have only one game behind them entering the matchup against No. 5/8 Ohio State.

Louisville will get its first taste of an NCAA Tournament atmosphere as the Cardinals play Ohio State in Nationwide Arena, the home of the 2018 Women’s Final Four.

Louisville’s Dynamic Duo

Asia Durr and Myisha Hines-Allen combined for an uncharacteristic 14 points in the season opener against Southeast Missouri. While the dynamic duo did not have the best night, Hines-Allen did lead the Cardinals in rebounds with 11.

Big Points off the Bench 

The Cardinals starting five accounted for 36 points, while Louisville’s bench picked up 44 points. Freshman Dana Evans and sophomore Kylee Shook led the bench players with 11 points each. While Bianca Dunham added 10 points of her own.

Last Time Out – Louisville

In an extremely lopsided game, the Louisville Cardinals came away with a 40 point victory over the Southeast Missouri Redhawks. At the end of four quarters, Louisville outscored Southeast Missouri 80-40.

Louisville had four players notch double-digits: Jazmine Jones led the Cardinals with 12 points. Jones added 4 assists, 4 rebounds and zero turnovers in 20 minutes. Freshman Dana Evans followed up with 11 points and 5 rebounds. Kylee Shook picked up where she left off last year, picking up 11 points and 4 rebounds. Rounding out the top scorers is Bianca Dunham who racked up 10 points and 5 rebounds.

On the game, Louisville dished out 22 assists on 29 made field goals. The Cardinals also grabbed 44 rebounds and 10 steals. Louisville converted 28 Redhawks turnovers into 33 points.

Scouting the Buckeyes

The fifth-ranked Buckeyes destroyed the 10th-ranked Stanford Cardinal on Friday. Ohio State cruised to an easy 85-64 victory behind senior guard Kelsey Mitchell’s 30 points.

You may recognize the name Kelsey Mitchell. Two seasons ago, Mitchell scored a school-record 48 points against Michigan State. But, that was not her only 40+ point game. Mitchell notched 43-points against Rutgers in the Big Ten Tournament, setting a Big Ten single-game record and 45-points against West Virginia in the NCAA Tournament, setting an Ohio State Tournament record.

Last season, Mitchell paced the Buckeyes picking up 22.6 points per game. She also led Ohio State in assists with 137 on the season and steals with 43.

Kelsey Mitchell is not Ohio State’s only threat. The Buckeyes return nine letter winners, eight of which are upperclassmen.

Last Time Out – Ohio State

The Buckeyes sailed to an easy 85-64 victory over the No. 10 Stanford Cardinal. The Cardinal kept the game close early scoring 24-points to the Buckeyes 27 in the first period, and 16-points to Ohio State’s 19 in the second. Entering the half, the Buckeyes held a slight advantage, 46-40.

But, Ohio State came out of the locker room re-energized. The Buckeyes surged to a 12-2 run in the first 4:30 of the third period, effectively squashing any hope of a Stanford comeback.

Ohio State had four players grab double-figures: Kelsey Mitchell paced the Buckeyes racking up 30-points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 1 steal in 36 minutes played. Stephanie Mavunga pulled down a school-record 26 rebounds, while also scoring 17 points, 4 blocks, 3 assists and 2 steals in 29 minutes. Mavunga picked up her first double-double on the season. Linnae Harper also earned a double-double with 15 points and 11 boards. Sierra Calhoun rounded out the top scorers with 15 points.

How to Watch

No. 9 Louisville will face off against No. 5 Ohio State at 4 PM EST on Sunday. Watch the game on ESPNU or listen on 790 AM WKRD.

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