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The Louisville Cardinal fans were invited to participate in a superhero themed day in Sunday’s ACC
conference season opener featuring the 9-1 Cardinals and the 6-5 Syracuse Orange. And it took some
superhero effort, particularly from senior Jazmine Jones, for the Cards to pull out a hard-fought victory.
The Orange came into the game battle-tested, with five games against AP top 25 teams in this early
season. Syracuse also came in with something to prove, themselves having dropped out of the top 25
for the first time in 31 weeks.
The first half of the game was back and forth with each team trading leads. Syracuse gained their
advantage through a hot first quarter, making over 50% of their shots including three of six three-
pointers. Louisville hustled their way to their leads forcing the Orange into six first-half turnovers, while
taking care of the ball on their end with only one.
The second half saw Louisville command the lead for the majority of the time. Syracuse continued to
struggle maintaining possessions and finished with 17 turnovers. At the end of the third quarter the
Cards had extended their lead to seven and the home crowd of 10,084 started to feel confidence of
their team earning a tough win.
But the Orange would not go away. Midway through the fourth quarter Syracuse made a 10-3 run to
take a 58-57 lead. That’s when the Louisville guards took over. Junior Dana Evans, the Cards top scorer
who was held scoreless until the second half, hit a huge three. And sophomore Elizabeth Balogun
followed her missed free throw for a huge basket, then hit one final free throw to seal the win.
Jones finished the game with 24 points (on 8-12 shooting) and four rebounds. Balogun was the only
other double-digit scorer with 13. Senior center Kylee Shook was honored before the game for
exceeding Louisville legend Angel McCoughtry’s all-time blocking record, and added two more blocks in
Next up for the Cards is a road conference game against Clemson on Thursday.