For starters, when you begin the season as the number eight team in the nation, with the number one recruiting class, a 5-5 record cannot make you happy. Nothing could embody that more than Coach Jeff Walz’s reaction after last night’s game where the Cards (5-5) dispatched the Big Green from Dartmouth (2-9) by a score of 94-52. “I thought offensively we did a pretty good job. Defensively, it’s not very good.” “We are really good at fouling. If there is such a thing as being good at something, we can foul with the best.”
Areas of concern for Walz stem in part from energy and effort, and in part from execution. “Look, they average 52 points a game and that is exactly what we held them to.” “We scored 94 that’s fantastic, but we didn’t do anything but hold them to their average defensively, we’ve got to figure out a way to take a lot more pride in our defense.” The frustration was not reserved simply for the post game comments. With 5:20 left to play in the first quarter a massive substitution was in order. All five starters were replaced with five freshmen and the energy level went up noticeably.
Highlights of the game for Louisville included:
Three Point Shooting – Louisville shot 10-22 from behind the arc for the game, led by Briahanna Jackson’s 4-6 performance.
Rebounding – Louisville owned the glass against the Big Green out rebounding Dartmouth 45-27, including a 16-4 advantage on the offensive glass.
Turnovers – Louisville forced the Big Green into 22 miscues, while only committing 10 for the game.
Overall Field Goal % – Louisville shot 52% for the game, including 63.6% in the second half. This was a drastic improvement for the Cards who had only broken the 50% barrier one other time this season. (Louisville’s 85-78 win over Michigan State.)
Freshman Output – Against IUPUI on Sunday, the freshman class accounted for exactly 0 points. On Tuesday night, the freshman class pitched in 44 of the team’s 94 points. They were led by Sam Fuehring’s 14 points, and followed closely by Asia Durr’s 12.
Next up for the Cards is a road game against Tennessee Tech Friday the 18th at 6:30. The Golden Eagles dropped their last game to Clemson on Sunday 71-53. They come into Friday’s game with a record of 3-6.
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