Asia Taylor helps No. 4 Louisville win to set weekend contest with No. 1 UConn
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Asia Taylor and fourth-ranked Louisville insisted they weren't looking ahead to Sunday's showdown against No. 1 Connecticut.
The Cardinals had enough to deal with Tuesday night against Central Florida.
''And if we didn't take care of business tonight, Sunday wouldn't have mattered,'' Taylor, whose double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds paced the Cardinals' 74-59 victory that extended their winning streak to 16 and set the stage for Sunday's meeting with the Huskies, said.
Her third-double-double of the season led a balanced Louisville (23-1 overall, 11-0 conference) scoring effort that saw four players reached double figures.
Sara Hammond had 14 points, Shoni Schimmel 11 and Emmanuel Henderson 10 for the Cardinals, who finally pulled away when Schimmel and Hammond combined for 10 points on a 15-3 run that gave Louisvile a 58-38 lead on Taylor's 3-pointer with 12 minutes to play.
STORRS, Conn. -- It's not that unusual for top-ranked Connecticut to have five players score in double figures.
But on Tuesday night, four Huskies also dished out at least five assists as UConn dominated from wire-to-wire in a 102-41 rout of SMU. The Huskies had 31 assists on 40 baskets.
''Honestly, you can pass to anybody on this team and get an assist,'' Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, who had seven of them to go with 16 points and 11 rebounds, said. ''Our offense, when we're moving and we're flowing, we get great shots.''
Bria Hartley scored 21 points and Breanna Stewart added 20 to lead UConn (24-0, 10-0 American Athletic Conference) to its 30th consecutive win. Stefanie Dolson had 16 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and five of UConn's 14 blocked shots. Moriah Jefferson had 14 points and five assists.
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Katie Hempen scored 11 points Tuesday, nine in the second half, and No. 11 Arizona State rode a second-half surge to a 60-36 win against Arizona.
With the score tied at 26, Arizona State (20-3, 9-2 Pac-12) opened the second half with a 12-2 run and led 38-28, forcing an Arizona timeout, then ripped runs of 8-0 and 14-0 to lead by 26.
Deja Mann and Joy Burke scored eight apiece for the Sun Devils, who will face Arizona (4-18, 0-11) again on Sunday.
Adrianne Thomas put the Sun Devils on top with a layup, but Arizona took charge on a 7-0 run capped by a layup by Breanna Workman and led 18-8. ASU's Mann and Elisha Davis each hit treys in an 8-0 run that tied the score at 26 at halftime.
Kama Griffits led Arizona with 10 points and LaBrittney Jones grabbed nine rebounds.