Five days after knocking off the AP No. 1, Louisville has suffered its first defeat of the season.
In the ACC-Big Ten Challenge on Thursday night in Columbus, Ohio, the No. 2 Cardinals fell 67-60 to the unranked Ohio State Buckeyes.
Four Ohio State players scored in double-digits, but leading the way for the Buckeyes (5-3) was Dorka Juhasz. The 6-foot-4 sophomore from Hungary tallied 15 points, seven rebounds, two steals, an assist and a block in the victory.
Louisville (8-1) was powered once again by Dana Evans, who racked up 18 points, three steals and a rebound.
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The Cardinals shot poorly from the field, knocking down just 36.9 percent of their shots, and turned the ball over 11 times. Louisville also shot just 29.4 percent from three-point range and 58.3 percent from the free throw line.
Jazmine Jones – who was averaging 14.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.75 assists per-game this year – was limited for the Cardinals after picking up three fouls in the first quarter. She sat out the second quarter and fouled out with 4:36 remaining in the fourth quarter. She finished with just two points, three assists and one rebound, and connected on just 1-of-8 of her shots.
Despite leading by as many as nine points, Louisville fell behind Ohio State by seven points with five minutes to play. The run to build that Ohio State lead was capped off by a steal and lay-up by Kierstan Bell, who finished with 14 points on the night.
The Cardinals trailed by five points with 17 seconds to play, but a pair of charity stripe shots from Madison Greene clinched the win.
Louisville will look to bounce back on Sunday at Northern Kentucky, while Ohio State will hope to continue this momentum against Radford at home on the same day.
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