For the fourth game in a row, Jeff Walz’s ladies got off to a slow start. Hampered by cold shooting early, and defensive lapses throughout, this time the Lady Cards were unable to overcome the early deficit and fell to Duke 66-58 at Cameron Indoor. The first half saw Louisville shoot just 29% from the floor, while connecting on just 1 of 7 three point tries.
Duke (16-6) shot 42% in the first half and 52% in the second to extend their lead to a game high 17 early in the second half. The game felt eerily similar to the Men’s game against UNC on Saturday, but the Lady Cards (19-3) were just not able to get over the hump. With 4:03 to play, the Cards had cut the lead to 7, but timely three point shooting for Duke, and several defensive stops pushed the lead back to double figures and the Cards never seriously, threatened again.
The Cards were paced by Senior Sara Hammond’s 17 points and aided by Mariya Moore’s 14. There was a brief scare midway through the second half when Hammond scored on a layup but was fouled hard and went to the floor. Her sobs were audible over the ESPN2 broadcast and she lay face down on the court for some time before being helped to the bench. Hammond would return a short time later, and there appeared to be no long lasting effects of the collision.
The team will return to the friendly confines of the KFC Yum! Center on Sunday afternoon for a conference tilt with Pittsburgh at 2:00 P.M. Pittsburgh is coming off of an impressive 81-66 win at Miami. The Panthers have a record of 14-7 (4-4) in league play. They are paced by Senior guard Brianna Kiesel who averages 18.1 points per game and is a three time team captain.
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