It’s only a couple games into the college basketball season, and there is plenty of buzz about Asia Durr of Louisville.
The Douglasville native has been the talk in women’s college basketball this week after a spectacular record-setting performance on Sunday against then No. 5-ranked Ohio State in the Countdown to Columbus Showcase.
Durr scored 47 points, including 13 in overtime, as the Cardinals defeated Ohio State 95-90 in front of 9,711 fans at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
From the start, Durr give the Buckeyes headaches with 17 first-half point. She finished the game with nine 3-pointers, which tied a school record.
Durr’s previous career-high was 36 points set against Syracuse last season.
“One of the keys was we allowed her to get comfortable early and because of that she stayed in that zone,” Ohio State coach Kevin McGuff told The Columbus Dispatch. “That was the thing if we could go back and do some things differently to start the game, that would put her in a different place, but we didn’t and she took advantage of it.”
The 47 points also represent the most by either a men’s or women’s player in the program’s storied history. It also surpassed the high on the men's side, as Hall of Famer Wes Unseld's record for points in a game is 45.
For her effort, Durr was named the ACC Player of the Week.
"When she's on, she's on," Louisville coach Jeff Walz told espnW.com. “And I'm challenging her to become more consistent. I want to see that every day in practice. It might not be scoring 47; it might be getting the ball to her teammates.
"I know what her goals are. And I want to make sure I do everything I can to help her reach those goals. Some days she doesn't like me, and I just put her on the list of many.”
With the win, Louisville climbed to No. 5 in the latest Associated Press poll. It was considered a signature win for the Cardinals and should reflect well in March when the selection committee evaluates it NCAA Tournament field.
An All-American selection last season after leading the Cardinals in scoring, Durr was selected the conference’s preseason player of the year coming into the season.
She played for U-23 National Team over the summer, and helped lead the team to a 3-0 record at the Four Nations Tournament in Tokyo, Japan, while leading the team in scoring with 12.3 points per game. Durr, a St. Pius X High graduated, participated in National Team training camp earlier this fall, which several WNBA players.