Taylor and Hammond lift Louisville over Rutgers

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 23, 2014 at 6:10 pm •  Published: February 23, 2014
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer wasn't happy with several aspects of her team's play against Louisville.

Inside play, turnovers and bench play were all listed as problems.

Rutgers (20-6, 11-4) was led by freshman guard Tyler Scaife's 17 points and six rebounds, but she had four turnovers. Forward Betnijah Laney added 14 points and 12 rebounds in a 72-58 loss to No. 3 Louisville on Sunday.

Starting forward Rachel Hollivay started, played 19 minutes and didn't score, but had seven rebounds.

"Our four and five positions (forwards) have been killing us," said Stringer. "The rebounding side has been killing us. We knew what we needed to do. I wish that we would have executed and we didn't. Hopefully we'll learn from that."

While Rutgers outrebounded Louisville 46-40, the Scarlet Knights turned the ball over 18 times leading to 23 Louisville points.

Louisville (27-2, 15-1) went on a 13-5 run near the end of the first-half and led 34-26 at halftime. Rutgers got within 40-31 on Copper's two free throws with 17:37 to play, but the Lady Cards scored 10 straight as senior forward Asia Taylor had four of her career high 25 points during the stretch. She also had a career high 15 rebounds.

The Lady Cards' lead grew to 62-44 on Antonia Slaughter's jumper with 8:55 to play. Rutgers never got closer than 11 the rest of the way — the last time at 69-58 with 2:33 to play.

It was Louisville's second win this season over the Scarlet Knights, the other a nine-point win at Rutgers. Taylor had 19 points, four rebounds and four steals in that game.

"Asia Taylor was too quick," said Stringer.

Rutgers rallied in the second-half of its first game with Louisville but could never really seriously threaten this time.