The Cards traveled to Cameron Indoor to face Kara Lawson and the Bluedevils in a 63-56 loss.
The first half felt sloppy. Chrislyn Carr, Olivia Cochran, and Mykasa Robinson all found themselves with two fouls each before the end of the second quarter. On top of that, turnovers were a major issue that had heavily contributed to Louisville being down by as many as 14 points. I’ve heard Jeff Walz mention in the past he never wants his team to have more than 12 turnovers in a game. Today, his team had 12 in the first half. Hailey Van Lith, who is coming off a 24-point game last week against Syracuse, did not see her first shot fall until the middle of the second quarter. It may have taken her a moment to find her shot, but after the first one landed, she went 3-4 and was the leading scorer by the halftime break.
There seemed to be some life on the shooting end in the third quarter when the Cards cut the lead down to 2 before giving up a shot and heading into the fourth quarter down by 5 points.
Although they improved their shooting percentage from 42.3% in the first half to 50% in the second half, it wouldn’t be enough to stop Duke who found themselves on an 8-0 run late in the fourth quarter to help secure their win. Hailey Van Lith had the hot hand today with 23-points, but we saw a rare three-pointer from Olivia Cochran who finished her day with 8 points and 5 rebounds.
Overall, this team must fix their turnover issue. The ACC schedule only gets more difficult from this point forward and Louisville needs to find a way to be more disciplined to prevent the high number of turnovers we are currently seeing.
Louisville comes home on Thursday to host Georgia Tech for an 8p.m. game on the ACCN.
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