Coach Walz and his Louisville team looked to build off a tough win, as they play their ACC home opener against the Clemson Tigers. The Cards are currently 9-0 and ranked #2 in the country. This game was originally scheduled for noon, but was pushed back 2 hours for reasons unknown. Clemson is currently 8-3 and on a 2-game losing streak. The Cards lead the all time series 8-3.
Dana Evans (20.8ppg, 4.3apg)
Hailey Van Lith (13.2ppg, 6.3rpg)
Mykasa Robinson (3.9rpg, 2.2apg)
Kianna Smith (12.4ppg, 4.5rpg)
Elizabeth Dixon (7.7 ppg, 5rpg)
Mykasa and Liz Dixon got the start for Louisville today as the Cards started the game with only 2 players on the bench. A few minutes after the tip, the remaining members of the team joined the bench. Dana Evans picked up 2 fouls in the quarter. The first quarter was a fast paced track meet, with not a lot of scoring. The Cards led 16-14 after the first.
The Cards were able to start the quarter on a mini-run to extend the lead to double figures. However, Clemson was able to muck up the game a lot to cut the lead back into single digits. Dana Evans didn’t play a second in the quarter, but the Cards led 34-26 at the intermission.
Halftime Stats At A Glance:
FG%: 14-31 (45.2%)
3PT%: 4-12 (33.3%)
FT%: 2-2 (100.0%)
Total Rebounds: 16-22
Leading Scorer: Kianna Smith (9 points)
Dana Evans made her presence known almost immediately in the 3rd, as she hit an early 3 to extend the lead back to double figures for the Cards. The Cards began to assert their dominance over Clemson, as they opened up a 19-point lead. Clemson countered with some full-court pressure and face guarding Evans and Van Lith as the chipped into the lead. The Cards took a 53-40 lead into the final quarter.
Elizabeth Balogun got hot and the Cards quickly pushed the lead back to 19 midway through the fourth. The fourth quarter went similar to the first quarter, a lot of running not a lot of scoring. UofL won 70-45.
FG% 27-59 (45.8%)
3PT% 8-22 (36.4%)
FT% 8-9 (88.9%)
Total Rebounds: 42-44
Offensive Rebounds: 11-22
Bench Points: 24
Post Game Notes and Leaders:
The Cards are now 10-0 on the season and 3-0 in ACC play. Today’s game was a total team effort for the Cards. Although Balogun didn’t start, she had her best game of the year. Balogun finished the game with 14 points, 6 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 4 steals. The Cards were led in scoring by Kianna Smith with 17 points. She added 6 assists and 2 rebounds. Olivia Cochran added 9 rebounds and chipped in with 6 points. Dana Evans finished with 10 points, 3 assists, and 2 rebounds. Clemson didn’t hit a three-pointer the entire game.
UofL takes on Boston College Thursday at 8 pm at the YUM Center.