It was her last trip to the Yum! Center and Dana Evans was not going to step on that court without dominating the game. She has spent the last few years building her legacy and she solidified it when she broke a record previously held by Angel McCoughtry. Evans has now had 37 straight games with double-digit scoring after scoring 25 points in tonight’s victory over Georgia Tech.
Louisville came out in the first quarter playing a little back and forth with the Yellow Jackets and were looking flat on defense. It did not take long for them to get out of that rut and start their takeover of the game. Dana Evans recorded 13 first half points and Liz Dixon had 6 rebounds. As a team, the Cards were able to score 20 points in the paint and held Georgia Tech to just 10 points in the paint through the first half.
The Cards put on an offensive show in the second half and Kianna Smith was sharing the spotlight with Dana Evans. Kianna had 17 second half points to go along with her 3 second half assists, while Evans had 12 second half points and 4 assists. Smith and Evans totaled 21 and 25 points on the night, respectively. It is also worth noting that Dana had 7 assists and no turnovers at the end of the night. Liz Dixon and Olivia Cochran were also in double-digit scoring tonight, with 13 points each. Louisville was able to score 44 of their points in the paint tonight, which was a little surprising given Georgia Tech’s size. The Cards added another double-digit win to their resume in their 85-70 win over the Yellow Jackets tonight.
In his post-game interview, Coach Walz stated how proud he is of Dana Evans. He says she has had an unbelievable career and continued to develop and grow. When asked about the game Sunday, Coach Walz says Syracuse will be a battle. They are long and they have three-point shooters as well as incredibly talented point guards. Someone else Coach Walz says he was incredibly proud of tonight was his daughter Lucy, who wanted to sing the national anthem for Dana on her senior night.
When asked about how she was feeling out of halftime, Kianna Smith said she was just taking what the defense gave her. She noted that a lot of their focus was on Dana, so she took advantage of the opportunity. Smith also said she has been focusing on being more physical and doing little things on defense to improve her game. Kianna stated that Dana has a big impact on the team, and she is excited to cut down nets with her this year.
It was Dana’s senior day presser and she noted that she was sad and excited at the same time. She said it took a while for her to get settled in and ready to play with so many emotions. Evans said today meant a lot to her, she is really excited to see how much she has grown as a person but that she still has a lot of work to do. When asked about the documentary made about her, she said she enjoys watching it and that the team is doing a good job with it all. Dana state that she wants to be remembered as a great person and a leader, as well as someone who is unselfish and gets it done on the court.
Louisville will spend the remainder of the regular season on the road, and are scheduled to be in Syracuse on Sunday, February 14th for a 1p.m. tip-off. The game will be televised on ESPN2.