Turns out Bobby Petrino isn’t the only coach who can recover from a 3-5 start at the University of Louisville. Recovering, and excelling is exactly what Jeff Walz and his Cardinal basketball team have done since beginning the first eight games of the season with that surprising record. Now, the Cards are 13-5, 5-0 in ACC play, and have even re-entered the top 25, coming into the UVA game at#23. Last night the Cardinals used stifling defense to propel them to another victory over Virginia(12-6, 2-2) 59-41.
The win was the tenth in a row, and is the second longest winning streak in the program’s history. (Record is 16 wins in a row by the 2013-14 squad.) More importantly than the wins, is the manner in which they are coming. Early in the season, defense was the largest question mark for this squad. Now, it has become a staple. Louisville held UVA to 33% from the field, including 3-11 from the three point line. The Cards also out rebounded the Hoos 34-29.
For offense, the Cards found it from familiar sources. Myisha Hines-Allen pitched in 16, while Cortnee Walton added 12, Mariya Moore 11, and Asia Durr had 10. While Briahanna Jackson scored only two points on 0-5 shooting, including 0-3 from the floor.
The Cards are back in action on Sunday with a 2:00 tilt against the Wolfpack of NC State. The Pack are coming off of a surprising upset of #22 Duke earlier this week and enter the contest 13-5 overall, and 4-1 in the ACC.
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