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.
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)
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.
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%)
Total Rebounds: 20-13
Leading Scorer: Olivia Cochran(14)
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.
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.
FG% 30-64 (46.9%)
3PT% 12-26 (46.2%)
FT% 7-8 (87.5%)
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.
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.