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February 23, 2014

Huge crowd sees Louisville women rout Rutgers

Asia Taylor could not have chose a better day to have the best performance of her college basketball career. Taylor was almost unstoppable during No. 3 Louisville women's basketball's convincing 73-58 win over No. 22 Rutgers.

A total of 14,327 fans, the largest turnout of the season, were on hand to witness the clash between the two top 25 basketball teams, expecting a skirmish typical of the bruising battles between these teams in the past.

Few fans would be disappointed, however, that it turned out to a relatively easy win for Louisville, the Cardinals owning an eight-point lead at the half and extending it to 18 points at one point in the second half.

Taylor, a senior who has battled injuries during her five years, is finally healthy. She scored 25 points, pulled down 15 rebounds, made three assists and three steals.She has always had the size and speed. Now finally back at full strength, she has the confidence and the accuracyto go with her natural abilities.

Taylor provides UofL with still another serious scoring threat in addition to Shoni Schimmel and Sara Hammond with the regular season winding down and tournament action looming. Schimmel and Hammond added 13 and 12 points, respectively.

"It means nothing without the win. I'm happy that I got a career-high in both of those (scoring and rebounding)," Taylor said after the game."That's great. It just shows that I was out there working hard. But without the win, without Sara out there battling with me and Shoni getting me the ball and everybody playing together, that really means nothing. So I'm just happy about the win than anything."

The win improved Louisville's record to 27-2 for the season and ended a five-game winning streak for Rutgers.

Charlie Springer, the founder and owner of UofLCardGame.com, is a former sportswriter for The Courier-Journal and former Managing Editor of Louisville Magazine. In addition, he was Internal Communications Manager for Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation and currently serves as a Legislative Consultant for the National Association of Tobacco Outlets. He is a University of Louisville graduate and a longtime fan.

UofLCardGame.com has been covering University of Louisville athletics since 2007. Click Click HERE to read more of Charlie's writing at UofLCardGame.com

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