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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Jazmine Jones scored a career-high 26 points and Dana Evans hit two key late 3-pointers to lift No. 7 Louisville to a 60-55 win over Duke on Sunday afternoon inside the KFC Yum! Center.
The Cards improve to 14-1 overall and 3-0 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, while the Blue Devils drop to 7-7 overall and 1-2 in conference play.
”It was a game where we had to grind,” head coach Jeff Walz said. ”Jaz stepped up and knocked down pull-up jump shots. She played really, really well, and that’s what we’re going to need now. We’re going to need that consistency.”
Jones scored Louisville’s first 10 points as they trailed 22-12 after the first quarter. The Cards then outscored the Blue Devils 13-9 in the second quarter to pull back within 31-25 at halftime.
Down 39-33 midway through the third quarter, UofL used an 8-0 run capped by back-to-back baskets by Elizabeth Balogun to take a 41-39 lead. Duke ended the quarter on a 6-2 run to take a 45-43 lead into the final period.
A three-pointer by Evans and two Jones free throws gave the Cards a 51-47 lead midway through the final stanza and the two sides went back-and-forth the rest of the way.
After Duke tied the game at 55-55 with 1:06 left, Evans drained a deep 3-pointer at the end of the shot clock to put UofL ahead 58-55 with 36 seconds to go. Louisville then got a stop on the other end and Bionca Dunham sank two clutch free throws to seal the 60-55 victory.
Jones set a new career high with 26 points, her sixth 20-point game of the season. She also grabbed 10 rebounds to notch her first double-double on the season. In addition to leading the team in scoring, Jones also became Louisville’s 30th career 1,000 point scorer.
Evans scored 10 points, eight of which came in the final quarter. Yacine Diop chipped in with nine points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field, while Mykasa Robinson added six points, including a huge offensive rebound and put-back late in the fourth quarter.
Next up, the Cards head back on the road to take on No. 23 Miami on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET.