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.
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)
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.
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%)
Total Rebounds: 27-19
Leading Scorer: Chelsie Hall (7)
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.
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.
FG% 28-63 (44.4%)
3PT% 6-17 (35.3%)
FT% 11-14 (78.6%)
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.
Louisville will hit the road for a top 25 matchup with UNC on Thursday, February 17th at 6 pm in Chapel Hill.