UofL WBB Recap Vs North Carolina

Pregame Notes:

Good night CardNation. Coach Walz and the University of Louisville look to remain undefeated as they take on a talented North Carolina team. The Cards are coming off an incredibly difficult win vs a very game Miami team, 79-76. The Cards won the last meeting against North Carolina, with a final score of 74-67. Louisville leads the all-time series 7-3.

Starting Lineup:

Dana Evans (19.9ppg, 4.5apg)

Hailey Van Lith (12.4ppg, 6rpg)

Elizabeth Balogun (6.5ppg, 1.8bpg, 4.3rpg)

Olivia Cochran (11.9ppg, 6.4rpg)

Elizabeth Dixon (8.3ppg, 6.1rpg)

1st Quarter:

Dana Evans got the scoring started for Louisville with a tough basket in the paint. The Cards started off red hot, opening up a 12-2 lead early in the quarter. The two teams traded baskets for awhile, but at the media timeout the Cards led 21-9. Louisville shot 4-7 from beyond the arc, including three from Hailey Van Lith. UofL led 30-16 after one.

2nd Quarter:

Louisville opened up an 18-point lead (38-20) with a little under 6 mins remaining in the half. At the media timeout, the Cards led 41-25. UofL had four double figure scorers. Olivia Cochran ended the half with a 3 at the buzzer. The Cards led by 25 points (55-30) heading into intermission.

Halftime Stats At A Glance:

FG%: 21-37 (56.8%)

3PT%: 8-14 (57.1%)

FT%: 5-5 (100.0%)

Assists: 11

Turnovers: 1

Total Rebounds: 20-13

Leading Scorer: Olivia Cochran(14)

3rd Quarter:

Dana Evans got the scoring started for Louisville in the second half, and the great 3-point shooting effort continued for the Cards. The defensive intensity picked up a bit for the Cards, and they led 62-35 at the midway point of the 3rd quarter. UofL briefly held a 32-point lead in the quarter, despite allowing North Carolina to get in a rhythm late. The Cards took a 71-46 lead into the final quarter.

4th Quarter:

The Cards started the quarter very lackluster and the Tar Heels we were able to go on a 12-0 run early in the quarter. The Tar Heels cut the lead to 11 before Liz Dixon converted on a 3-point play. Louisville went over 5 mins without a point. The Tar Heels were able to cut the lead to 8, but wouldn’t get any closer. Louisville beat North Carolina 79-68.

Final Stats:

FG%  30-64 (46.9%)

3PT%  12-26 (46.2%)

FT% 7-8 (87.5%)

Assists:  16

Blocks:  4

Steals:   4

Turnovers: 6

Total Rebounds: 34-35

Offensive Rebounds: 8-8

Bench Points:  33-15

Post Game Notes and Leaders:

Louisville improves to 16-0. Louisville broke this game wide open in the third quarter, but the Tar Heels showed a lot of grit and determination in the fourth and made this game a little closer than Louisville wanted. Louisville did have six players score more than 10 points in a game again. Olivia Cochran led Louisville with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Elizabeth Balogun chipped in with 10 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. Dana Evans, Liz Dixon, and Kianna Smith added 13 points each.

Next Opponent:

The Cards next game was scheduled with 2nd-ranked NC State, but with tonight’s loss to Virginia Tech, the Wolfpack will most likely lose the number 2 ranking. The matchup with the Wolfpack is on February 1st in the YUM at 7pm.

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