UofL WBB Recap Vs Notre Dame

Pregame Notes:

Good afternoon Card Nation. Today, your Cards take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in a top 20 showdown. Louisville should be well rested because they haven’t played since last Sunday, when they destroyed Syracuse 100-64. The Cards were led by Liz Dixon with 18 points and 7 rebounds off the bench. The Cards are 12-1 in conference play and still in the running for 1st place in the ACC. The Louisville vs Notre Dame game is starting to become more of a rivalry in recent years. Louisville trails the all-time series 10-16, but have won 4 in a row and 6 out of the last 8 times these two programs matched up. UofL are still without Norika Konno and won’t have Merissah Russell, who’s with the Canadian team at the moment.

Starting Lineup:

Chelsie Hall (6ppg, 2.2apg, 3.2rpg)
Hailey Van Lith (13ppg, 3.1rpg)
Emily Engstler (11ppg, 8.5rpg )
Kianna Smith (11.8ppg, 3.4rpg)
Olivia Cochran (8.8ppg, 5.4rpg)

1st Quarter:

Kianna hit a beautiful floater that gave the Cards their first basket of the game. Both teams went up and down the floor at a blazing fast pace, but the score didn’t reflect that. Louisville didn’t look sharp on either side of the ball to start the game, but Louisville led 14-13 heading into the second quarter.

2nd Quarter:

Ahlana Smith drained a corner 3 and gave the Cards a 17-15 lead early in the quarter. The Cards picked up the defensive pressure and really focused on controlling the tempo and boards in the quarter. UofL held a good Notre Dame offense to 8 points in the quarter. Louisville used an 11-2 run to end the half and took a 32-21 lead of 50-39 into intermission.

Halftime Stats At A Glance:

FG%: 13-33 (39.4%)
3PT%: 2-8 (25%)
FT%: 4-4 (100%)
Assists: 6
Turnovers: 6
Total Rebounds: 27-19
Leading Scorer: Chelsie Hall (7)

3rd Quarter:

Olivia Cochran scored on an offensive rebound to get the scoring started in the quarter. A Kianna Smith 3, followed by a Chelsie Hall layup and free throws gave Louisville a 43-21 lead. UofL turned to the press to make life difficult for Notre Dame. Louisville held a 27-point lead in the quarter, but took a 58-37 lead into the final quarter.

4th Quarter:

A Kianna Smith 3-ball gave Louisville a 61-39 lead early in the quarter. Even with the win well in hand, Louisville’s defensive pressure was relentless. The Louisville bench was a spark yet again for the Cards. Louisville used a big 3rd quarter to put away the Fighting Irish. The Cards win 73-47.

Final Stats:

FG% 28-63 (44.4%)
3PT% 6-17 (35.3%)
FT% 11-14 (78.6%)
Assists: 14
Blocks: 3
Steals: 9
Turnovers: 13
Total Rebounds: 50-32
Offensive Rebounds: 15-12
Bench Points: 12

Post Game Notes and Leaders:

Louisville improves to 13-1 in ACC play today after beating Notre Dame with great defense and balance on offense. Louisville had 3 players scoring in double figures. Kianna Smith led Louisville in scoring with 17. Engstler fell 1 point shy of yet another double-double for Louisville. Louisville really dominated the boards this game and needed to against this Notre Dame team.

Next Opponent:

Louisville will hit the road for a top 25 matchup with UNC on Thursday, February 17th at 6 pm in Chapel Hill.

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