While 52 points was barely enough for the men to pull out a win on the road against a struggling Georgia Tech team, it was not enough offense for the 8th ranked Lady Cardinals (23-4, 11-3) to beat the 4th ranked Fighting Irish from Notre Dame (26-2, 13-1). Assisted by a 16-0 second half run, the Irish pulled away from the Lady Cards mid-way through the second half to escape with the victory.
What the final score does not indicate is the ferociousness with which this game was played. Jeff Walz’s ladies came to play early and led by as many as five in the first half. They did so in large part due to offensive rebounding, grabbing 10 in the first half. While the Lady Cards battled on the glass, their cold shooting woes did not allow them to take control of the game early. Shooting just 37.5% in the first frame, the Cards were unable to build upon their early five point lead and took a three point halftime deficit with them to the locker room at 31-28.
The second half found much of the same for the Lady Cards, this time however, they would struggle more offensively and only shoot 29% for the half. The rebounding advantage that had been so dominant in the first half (23-15) was also erased when Notre Dame outrebounded Louisville 18-14 in the second half. Perhaps the biggest stat line of the night however came from Notre Dame Forward Brianna Turner who had seven blocks, with six of those coming in the second half.
Leading the way for Coach Walz team was a three headed attack of Sara Hammond, Mariya Moore, and Shawnta’ Dyer with eleven points a piece. Hammond also paced the Lady Cards with nine rebounds while Jude Schimmel doled out seven assists. Next up for the Cardinals is Boston College on Thursday Night at the KFC Yum! Center. Game time is 7:00 p.m. The game will be the final home game for Seniors Sara Hammond, Sherrone Vails, Shawnta’ Dyer, Bria Smith, and Jude Schimmel. It will also be Native American Appreciation Night.
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