DURHAM, N.C. — No. 8 Louisville has made a habit of starting slow and slipping into deep deficits.
Duke showed Louisville just how dangerous that can be.
The 15th-ranked Blue Devils beat Louisville 66-58 on Monday night behind 17 points from Freshman Azura Stevens's 17 points led the Blue Devils.
The Cardinals never led, missed 11 of their first 12 shots and came up empty on seven consecutive possessions down the stretch.
"We could have easily gotten beat by 30," coach Jeff Walz said. "I was proud that we continued to fight."
The Cardinals erased early double-figure deficits in wins over Pittsburgh, Wake Forest and most recently Miami. They escaped a 20-point deficit against Florida State, only to fade down the stretch in a 68-63 loss to the Seminoles.
Sara Hammond (Rockcastle County) scored 17 points and Mariya Moore had 14 for the Cardinals (19-3, 7-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who shot 35 percent.
"We're not the type of basketball team that can just go out and just play," coach Jeff Walz said. "We've got to follow a scouting report to a T. When we do that, we're pretty talented. But we can't just roll the ball out and say, 'Hey, let's play 5 on 5.'"
Duke never trailed and went up by 17 before Louisville chipped away at that lead, pulling to 56-49 on Bria Smith's layup with about 4 minutes to play. The Cardinals didn't score on any of their next seven possessions before Jude Schimmel's three made it 62-52 with 27.7 seconds remaining.
Elizabeth Williams scored all 11 of her points in the second half while blocking five shots for Duke (16-6, 7-2).
Oderah Chidom added 14 points and Rebecca Greenwell, a former Owensboro Catholic star, had 13 points with three 3-pointers in the second half to help the Blue Devils win their third straight.
No. 3 Virginia 75, No. 12 North Carolina 64: Malcolm Brogdon scored 17 points to lead the Cavaliers, whose defense locked down the Tar Heels in the second half.
Justin Anderson added 16 for the Cavaliers (20-1, 8-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who responded to their first loss of the season by blowing open a tight game at halftime.
Coming off Saturday's loss to Duke in one of the program's biggest home games in years, Virginia erased a 33-32 halftime deficit by shooting 50 percent while holding the Tar Heels (17-6, 7-3) completely in check to build an 18-point lead and improve to 8-0 in true road games this year.
After shooting 52 percent in the first half, UNC went just 11-for-29 (38 percent) after halftime while preseason ACC player of the year Marcus Paige struggled for open looks against Brogdon's constant defensive harassment.
Paige finished with 15 on 5-for-10 shooting, though a good chunk of that production came after Virginia had built its big lead and UNC was in desperation-comeback mode late.
No. 9 Kansas 89, No. 11 Iowa State 76: Wayne Selden scored 20, Frank Mason had 12 points and eight assists and the Jayhawks avenged an 86-81 loss to the Cyclones (16-5, 6-3 Big 12) last month.
Freshman Kelly Oubre added 16 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block for Kansas (19-3, 8-1).
Lindsey Wilson: The Mid-South Conference named D'on Hall its men's player of the week. He averaged 22.5 points and 5.5 rebounds last week, including a career-high 27 points in a win over Pikeville.
Georgetown: Devanny King was named the Mid-South Conference women's player of the week. King is the first Georgetown player to win the honor this season. She leads the MSC in double-doubles and rebounds per game (9.1).
Transylvania: Katelyn Smith (Perry County Central) was named women's player of the week by the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. The Pioneers (18-1) are undefeated in HCAC play (12-0).