ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands — Louisville coach Jeff Walz wasn't about to overstate the significance of beating the country's top-ranked team during a late November tournament in the Caribbean.
The eighth-ranked Cardinals handed No. 1 Oregon its first loss of the season, getting 18 points and 15 rebounds from Kylee Shook in a 72-62 victory Saturday in the Paradise Jam tournament.
"It's just a great win ... but at the same time, it's not putting us in the Final Four," Walz said. "It's a win in November. We've got a lot of work to do. We've got to get better. But it shows our kids that if you follow the scouting reports and play hard and play aggressive like we did tonight, we can play with anybody."
Dana Evans scored 17 points, Elizabeth Balogun had 11 points and Jazmine Jones scored 10 for the Cardinals (8-0) to claim the tournament's Island Division title.
Satou Sabally scored 21 points to lead four players in double figures for the Ducks (6-1), who led by as many as 11 points early before Louisville took control.
Minyon Moore added 15 points, Sabrina Ionescu scored 13 and Ruthy Hebard had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Oregon, which trailed by nine points entering the fourth quarter.
The Ducks managed to close within six points twice, the last at 66-60 on Ionescu's 3-pointer with 1:32 left. Evans and Jones made 6 of 6 free throws to give Louisville some breathing room down the stretch.
"They wanted it more than us, basically, and they played like it," Oregon coach Kelly Graves said. "They were more intense and physical, and we got out of the way we want to play or normally play. We got very 1-on-1-minded, and we're just not built that way. We were completely out of sync, and credit them for doing a good job of getting us out of sync."
The Ducks had control in the first quarter, racing to a 24-13 lead by the end of the period on Ionescu's layup with 48 seconds left.
However, the Cardinals rallied in the second quarter to tie the game twice, the last at 32-all on Balogun's jumper with 1:40 left.
That began a 7-0 run by Louisville, with Evans' 3-pointer 30 seconds later putting them ahead 35-32, and Shook's layup gave the Cardinals a 37-32 halftime lead.
Louisville stretched its lead to as many as 12 points in the third quarter, going up 44-32 on Noriko Konno's jumper with 7:32 left, and were ahead 51-42 heading into the final period.
"We had our heads up, and coach gave us a great game plan," Shook said. "We just went out knowing that to keep it close, we had to defend and we've got to execute and do our best.
"It was a little nerve-wracking when it got down to six points, but we just had to keep trying, stick to our game plan and try to match them and see where it gets us."