The No. 3 ranked Louisville Cardinals traveled to Pittsburgh today for a Thursday night ACC battle where they defeated the Panthers, 82-58.
Louisville got off to a questionable start tonight struggling on the offensive end of the court and lacking in rebounds. While Pitt was not super-hot shooting, they were hitting three pointers and getting offensive rebounds, racking up 15 in the first half which kept them in the game. The Cards relied heavily on Liz Dixon during the first half, who had 10 of the team’s 33 first half points. Outside of not rebounding well, the Cards also had 7 turnovers in the first half and as expected, Coach Walz was not happy. Louisville allowed Pitt to go on a 15-6 run with just a few minutes left in the half, which would tie the game. The Cards would end the half on a 6-0 run to take the lead going into halftime, 33-27.
Dana Evans began to find her sweet spot in the third quarter tallying 13 points, which would help give Louisville a double-digit lead. They would hold, onto it through the remainder of the third quarter, thanks in part to excellent ball play from Mykasa Robinson who had 5 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists in those 10 minutes. By the end of the third period, the Cards had opened a 21-point lead. Going into the fourth period, Louisville had the momentum they needed to gift wrap this win and stay at the top of the ACC. Effort continued to improve through the last ten minutes of the game as the Cards would add 21 points to their total, led by Dana Evans who tied her career high with 29 points on the night. Also in double-digit scoring was Hailey Van Lith with 13 points, Liz Dixon with 12, and Elizabeth Balogun with 10. Mykasa Robinson led the team in rebounding with 9 and led the team in assists with 5.
Louisville will travel to Florida State this Sunday for a 4:00p.m. tip off. The game will be aired on ACCNX.