Fifth-ranked Cardinals defeat No. 20 Blue Demons by 41

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The No. 5 Louisville Cardinals blew out No. 20 DePaul Blue Demons on Friday night in the Jimmy V Women’s Classic presented by Corona. The Cardinals won 116-75 over the Blue Demons at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

With the 116 points, the Cardinals set a scoring record in the game. The previous high was 115 points in a game against the Murray State Racers in 217.

Louisville Cardinals guard Kianna Smith dribbles the basketball against the DePaul Blue Demons
Kianna Smith dribbles the basketball against the DePaul Blue Demons (Photo by the Louisville Cardinals Athletic Department)

‘’The pace of the game was something that we like. We like to get up and down the floor trying to play as fast as we can,’’ Cardinals head coach Jeff Walz said. ‘’That’s how DePaul plays. They have a style of play and they are going to press the entire game. We did a really nice job looking for our teammates and making easy opportunities and made shots.’’

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The Cardinals were supposed to play the Connecticut Huskies in this game. However, due to the coronavirus, the Huskies program is on hold.

DePaul was scheduled to play the Villanova Wildcats on Friday. Thanks to an agreement by the two teams, the game was able to be moved to a new date.

‘’The victory on the whole night was being able to play the game,’’ Walz said. ‘’Give a huge shoutout to Doug (Bruno), DePaul and his program when he saw this was possibly a game that was needed. Got to give the Big East a lot of credit to make this happen. They had to move some games. … There was a lot of work that went in to play this game.’’

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The Cardinals were led by Hailey Van Lith and Kianna Smith, who had 21 points each. Van Lith also had four rebounds, one assist, one block, and one steal.

Smith also had six rebounds, six assists, one block and two steals.

Van Lith and Smith were one of five Louisville players, who scored in double figures. Dana Evans also added 20, Olivia Cochran scored 19 and Elizabeth Dixon contributed 12.

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Three of the five were starters, who scored more than 10 points. Van Lith, Evans, and Cochran were the starters.

The Cardinals had 56 bench points.

Darrione Rogers led the Blue Demons with 25 points. She also had four rebounds and two assists.

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The Blue Demons had just three players, who scored more than 20 points. The others were Dee Bekelja, who had 18, and Lexi Held, who scored 12.

DePaul had 31 bench points. Rogers led the bench with her 25 points.

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