Bionca Dunham at her best against Pittsburgh

Bionca Dunham photo by Cindy Rice Shelton

Bionca Dunham has started all 20 games for the University of Louisville women’s basketball team. She’s not a prolific scorer or rebounder so she doesn’t garner that much attention but Dunham makes her presence felt around the basket.

Jeff Walz happy with a balanced scoring attack with six Louisville players in double figures (Mike DeZarn photo).

UofL got off to a slow start against Pittsburgh on Sunday, falling behind 5-2 early, not getting a field goal until the 8:38 mark in the first quarter. That would be Bionca scoring her team’s first four points, hitting two free throws and making a layup.

Lots of games over four years, but few as fun as this one.

Dunham would have one of her better games in her Louisville career, scoring 12 points, grabbing six rebounds, making five assists and a steal. Louisville would defeat Pittsburgh 83-49 before a crowd of 11,624 at the KFC Yum! Center. UofL is now 20-1 overall and 8-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

A young Louisville fan has much to look forward in the years ahead (Mike DeZarn photo).

Elizabeth Balogun, Dana Evans, and Kylee Shook also scored 12 points apiece for the Cardinals, while Jazmine Jones added 11 points and Elizabeth Dixon chipped in 10. A well-balanced attack with Louisville credited with a total of 23 assists.

The Cardinals will play Notre Dame on Thursday night in South Bend, Ind., and then will host the USA Basketball Women’s National Team next Sunday at 2 p.m.


Louisville women in a yawner over Pittsburgh, now 20-0

Apparently a challenge for the University of Louisville women’s basketball team to get excited about playing Pittsburgh with all those empty seats at the Peterson Events Center.

Wake me when it’s over, the Cardinals ambulating to a 77-51 win over the Panthers.

The Cardinals led by only four points at the half and by 10 after three quarters. Bionca Dunham would erupt for six straight points in the fourth quarter to ignite a 16-0 run for the Cardinals. Dana Evans making life difficult for the Panthers as well, with three steals, two 3-pointers and eight points.

Yacine Diop of Pitt taking advantage of UofL’s lethargy and post Notre Dame letdown, hitting almost everything she threw at the basket in the first half, getting 19 points.  Her magical night ending when her shots stop falling and she runs out of fouls, but good for 26 points.

Myisha Hines-Allen getting off to a slow start but picking up her game in the second half. Chalking up the 37th double-double of her four-year tenure. She would score 13 points and grab a career high of 18 rebounds.

Asia Durr maybe saving her best stuff for the better teams, with only one 3-pointer and nine points. Steady Sam Fuehring good for 12 points.

Cardinals are 20-0 overall, 6-0 in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

Bench leads way, Louisville women crush Murray State

Asia Durr leads this Louisville fast break but spent most of her time watching the reserves while racking up an all-time program record of 115 points against Murray State (Cindy Rice Shelton photo).

A record that will stand for a while.

Bionca Dunham goes high over Murray State’s Brianna Crane for one her 16 rebounds (Cindy Rice Shelton photo).

Things are going right for the University of Louisville women’s basketball team when the reserves outscore the starters. The bench putting up 76 points to only 39 for the starting unit.

The end result was a 115-51 win over Murray State on Friday, a new record for the program before a crowd of 6,881 at the KFC Yum! Center, improving the Cardinals’ record to 5-0.

Some different names among the point leaders, including Kylee Shook with 21 points,  Sydney Zambrotta with 16, and Dana Evans with 14. But the dominating force was still another reserve, Bionca Dunham, turning in her first double-double with 19 points and 16 rebounds.

”Four of our five in double figures come off the bench, and that’s important because we have to have that depth and balance,” said Coach Jeff Walz.

Sam Fuehring, the only starter in double figures, scored the first four points to give a UofL a lead it would never relinquish. She would wind up with 12 points. Myisha Hines-Allen and Jazmine Jones had 8 points, Asia Durr had 7, and Arica Carter had 4.

The bench making it look easy.

Kylee Shook breaking loose for a personal high of 21 points to lead all scorers (Cindy Rice Shelton photo).