For the third time in as many games, Jeff Walz’s University of Louisvile Lady Cards team staggered out of the gate. As has become a bit of a habit lately, they rallied late in the half, and exploded to start the second, before going on to win 78-58 while giving Head Coach Jeff Walz his 200th career victory.
For the second game in a row, freshman Myisha Hines-Allen paced the Lady Cards with 23 points while coming off the bench. Time and again Hines -Allen found herself open for easy shot after easy shot by sprinting the floor and getting open lay-ups. While Hines-Allen had 23 points, the most telling statistic was her offensive efficiency shooting 11-14 from the floor and 1-2 from the line.
As has also been the case lately, the Cards took a deficit with them into halftime. The first half saw them shoot 37.5% from the floor and 12.5% from the three point line, to end the half trailing 30-29. That cold start was quickly replaced by a team that shot 65.5% from the floor while hitting 6 of 9 from the three point line during the second half and pulling out to as much as a 26 point lead late in the game.
While the shooting was tremendous, Coach Walz was particularly pleased with his team’s passing as the Cards dished out 26 assists on 31 made shots calling this year’s team “the best passing team I’ve had since I’ve been here.”
At the conclusion of the game, Coach Walz was honored with a tribute video, a framed print, and the game ball. Walz addressed the crowd and gave all of the credit to his players. “I haven’t made a single shot, or grabbed a single rebound. This is all a credit to these players.”
The ladies have their next matchup on Big Monday when they travel to Cameron Indoor to take on the Duke Blue Devils at 7:00pm. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2. The Cards will return home the following Sunday at 2:00 pm to take on Pittsburgh.
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