SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Angel McCoughtry scored 20 points and Brandi Radde added 15 for Louisville (No. 21 ESPN/USA Today; No. 23 AP)
in a 68-56 win over Syracuse on Saturday.
Syracuse (9-19, 3-12 Big East) defended the Cardinals better than the last meeting on Feb. 10 when Louisville (24-5, 10-5) beat the Orange 98-50 at Louisville.
Louisville, leading by five midway through the second half, 48-43, finally took control of the game when Toni Slaughter came off the bench and sparked a 13-2 run that included all of her 11 points, nine of those from 3-point range.
Radde and Slaughter each had three 3-pointers in the game.
McCoughtry, Radde and Jazz Covington were able to work in the paint through most of the game but especially in the first half when the trio helped the Cardinals take their first lead during an 18-7 run over a five-minute stretch midway through the half.
Covington helped Louisville take a halftime lead, scoring four of her 10 points late in the first half for a 30-28 halftime advantage.
Nicole Michael led the Orange with 17 points and 12 rebounds for her ninth double-double of the season. Michael's 17 points gave the freshman 470 points on the season, the most ever by a Syracuse freshman.
Fantasia Goodwin scored 14, eight in the second half, and Vaida Sipaviciute had 12.