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.


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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.