Jan. 31, 2009
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Louisville senior Angel McCoughtry wasn't about to let Providence pull of another upset of the Cardinals.
When McCoughtry was a sophomore, Providence snapped Louisville's 15-game winning streak. On Saturday, the All-American scored a school-record 43 points to help No. 6 Louisville beat Providence 81-49.
"We brought it up," McCoughtry said of Providence's win two years ago. "We said we've got to play and you can't underestimate them. Coach (Jeff Walz) knew what happened two years ago and I think he prepared us very well."
The 43 points gave her 2,373 for her career, surpassing Darrell Griffith - the all-time scoring leader in the history of Louisville men's and women's basketball.
The win also extended the best start in school history for the Cardinals (20-2, 7-1).
Louisville mixed up defenses that forced Providence (8-13, 2-6) into 29 turnovers.
"I thought we did a very good job in the last five minutes of the first half of following our assignments," Walz said. "We had some bad breakdowns in the first 15 minutes and gave them some easy layups.
"We finally settled into some things. We played some 2-3 zone and went to man after a few passes just trying to change things up. I thought that really confused them."
The Friars took their only lead of the game, 30-28, on two free throws by Catherine Bove. But Louisville closed the half with a 12-0 run for a 40-30 lead at halftime.
McCoughtry almost single-handedly broke the game open early in the second half by scoring 11 consecutive Louisville points - including her only 3-point basket of the game which gave the Cardinals a 56-34 lead.
She also converted 12-of-13 free throws, grabbed seven rebounds, handed out five assists and was credited with eight steals.
"She played an outstanding game and played within the offensive system," Walz said. "She didn't force anything. She scored points off steals and in transition. She scored in the post. She gets to the free throw line 13 times.
"It wasn't a selfish 43 points. She had five assists and should have had about seven if we made some layups."
Brittany Dorsey led Providence with 13 points.
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