LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Asia Durr scored 47 points to match her career high, the first 22 during No. 3 Louisville’s 36-point opening quarter in a 92-62 victory over No. 10 North Carolina State on Thursday night.
Durr made a career-best 11 3-pointers on an Atlantic Coast Conference-record 17 attempts. The senior All-America guard was 6 of 8 from long range in the first quarter alone as the Cardinals (26-2, 13-2) started 14 of 19 (74 percent) from the field. Durr also scored 47 points at Ohio State in November 2017.
Durr had as many points (28) as the Wolfpack (24-4, 11-4) at halftime and Louisville quickly put the matchup of the league’s Nos. 2 and 3 teams out of reach. She finished 17 of 27 from the field and the Cardinals shot 52 percent, hitting a school-record 15 3-pointers.
Dana Evans added 15 points, and Sam Fuehring had 12 for Louisville.
Kiara Leslie had 17 points for N.C. State. The Wolfpack shot 38 percent.
Louisville reinforced its top-five status. N.C. State needs to beat Miami to have a chance at staying in the top 10.
N.C. State: The blowout concluded a 3-4 month for the Wolfpack that featured three losses against ranked schools. Besides failing to slow Durr, they were overwhelmed on both ends from the start and never gained footing.
Louisville: The Cardinals had already claimed one of four double-byes in the conference tournament but can still clinch a share of the regular-season title with Notre Dame. The hot shooting start certainly helped their quest, and they didn’t cool off much afterward in surpassing 50 percent for the second consecutive game.
North Carolina State: Hosts No. 15 Miami in its regular-season finale Sunday.
Louisville: Concludes the regular season Sunday at Pittsburgh.