It’s too early to say last night’s game was a must win, but it sure would have been a nice one. Unfortunately, the Cards did not come to play against the in state rival Kentucky Wildcats and the results were brutal. Final score UK 72- UL 54. As the losses pile up, (3-5) this one was different. The Cardinals started slow, and finished slower. There was a glimmer of hope in the middle, but it was not the type of sustained effort that was needed to beat a quality opponent and Coach Jeff Walz noticed. “This was the first one we didn’t even show up to play in the beginning.”
Junior transfer Briahanna Jackson paced the Cards with 18 and sophomore Myisha Hines-Allen added 16. No other Louisville player reached double figures. The Cats won the battle of the boards 36-27 and shot 56.7% from the floor compared to Louisville’s 36.4%.
Outshot, outrebounded, and generally out played, this game was never in doubt. The mistakes made were primarily defensive at the outset, but the Cardinals’ cold shooting habits didn’t help. There were missed layups, jumpers, and three-point tries. There were slow rotations, going under screens, rather than fighting over on shooters, and a general lethargy that is atypical for a Walz coached squad. Nevertheless, there is no time to pout. Walz said “You have two choices. Crawl in a hole and feel sorry four yourself and get your ass beat on Sunday or come back and fight.”
Louisville will take on IUPUI Sunday at 2:00 in the KFC Yum! Center. Although the Cards beat IUPUI by twenty in last year’s game, this Jaguar squad comes in to the matchup with a record of 6-2 with wins over programs such as Marquette and VCU. Given Louisville’s play thus far, no opponent can be overlooked. Tickets are available for Sunday’s game and it can be viewed on CardsTV.