The 5th ranked Cards took down a top ranked Michigan Wolverine squad that housed a now program leading scorer on Thursday night in front of a crowd of 5,651 at the KFC Yum! Center.
But it wasn’t a given for this Louisville squad who gave up FIVE first half 3 pointers to the program record setter and senior, Katelynn Flaherty. In post game interviews, Coach Walz explain the team’s failure to defend in the first half and said ‘it must’ve been opposite day’ because he stressed the importance of defending the senior guard but said he should’ve told them to NOT defend her and that maybe they would do so.
Senior Myisha Hines-Allen continues her consistent and impressive ability to put the team on her back and score the basketball. She finished shooting 9-18 with 19 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, a block and 2 steals. She played only 3 minutes in the final quarter. After a program record setting performance by Asia Durr just days before, Durr could not find her shot in this one which resulted in the first half deficient. She was 1-9 shooting from the field and 0-4 beyond 3 with 2 turnovers in the first half.
The Cards were down 37-32 at the halftime break.
All I can say is that must’ve been one hell of a halftime speech by Coach Walz, because the Card’s defense allowed only 12…. TWELVE second half points; 4 in the third quarter compared to the Cards’ 19. The Cards forced 23 turnovers by Michigan and had 24 points to show for it. The offense starting coming off the bench for Louisville. The Cards scored 21 points off the bench and 40 in the paint.. compared to Michigan’s 7 and 16, respectively.
Junior Sam Fuehring also had a hard fought night on 3-4 shooting for 8 points, 5 rebounds and a steal. This is her first year in the starting role. Sophomore Kylee Shook relieved her and put up 4 point and 4 rebounds in 12 minutes.
Dana Evans was put into the rotation relatively early and her defense is outstanding… the offense has not hit its consistency just yet but her motor and defensive ability are impressive. Sydney Zambrotta, again, a spark off the bench, she had 2 huge wide open three pointers and 2 rebounds in just 8 minutes on the floor.
#5 Louisville welcomes #10 Oregon for
WNIT Championship @ KFC Yum! Center
Sunday 11/19 at 3:00PM