Louisville hosted SIUE tonight and are back in the win column after two back-to-back losses. 

Imagine the second half of Louisville vs. Ohio State, where the wheels seemingly fell off. The first half of tonight’s game was the complete opposite of that. Morgan Jones was absolutely dominating both ends of the court with 13 points and 6 steals and Nyla Harris was providing further proof that she’s an immediate impact player. She simply does not play like a freshman and although the talent was lacking with SIUE, Nyla still had 4 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal, and 1 block in the first half. As a team, Louisville set the school record for the most points in a half with 62 and only gave up a total of 11 first half points. 

The second half needed to be a story of a team who didn’t let off the gas. They needed to continue to build their confidence in an attempt to bounce back from the loss to MTSU. I love a happy ending and in a 105-32 win over SIUE, Hailey Van Lith joined the 1,000 point club before heading to the bench and finishing her night with 21 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists. Morgan Jones solidified her title as a baller with 17 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and 8 steals. It was good to see the team still playing hard with a huge lead and under 5 minutes to play. Josie Williams hit one from beyond the arch to send the Cards past the century mark and we even saw an appearance from Jaylyn Brown tonight who had a three-pointer and 2 steals. Louisville finished the night with 5 players in double-digits. (Carr 14, Van Ltih 21, Jones 17, Cochran 12, and Williams 11)

It felt like a complete turnaround from the MTSU game and it was the confidence builder the Cards needed before heading to Lexington on Sunday to face rival Kentucky. You’ll be able to watch the game on ESPN and hear it on 93.9 The Ville at 1pm.  Be sure to tune into the women’s post-game show immediately following coverage from Nick Curran on 93.9 The Ville.

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