--by Jared Anderson
--photo by Shelby Frieszell
After falling on the road to Ohio State for their first loss of the season, Louisville women's basketball bounced back to defeat Northern Kentucky 85-57. Jazmine Jones led the field with 21 points.
The first half appeared to be a repeat of Thursday night's game, but the Cards adjusted at halftime to roar ahead to close out the game.
NKU held an early 7-1 lead before the Cards answered with 12-2 run before closing the quarter with a six-point advantage. NKU would not go away and tied the score with less than a minute remaining before halftime. A basket by Jones with 26 seconds remaining gave Louisville a two-point edge at the half.
The third quarter was all Louisville, as they outscored the Norse 31-9. A 17-13 advantage for the Cards in the fourth quarter helped blow the lead open more. The Cards led by 30 late in the game before winning by 28 points.
Besides Jones' 21 points, Dana Evans added 16 and Elizabeth Balogun contributed 12. Kylee Shook had a team-high seven rebounds with Bionca Dunham right behind her with six.
Louisville had 19 assists on 33 made baskets, where they shot 53.2%. Louisville outrebounded NKU 42-20.
A 17 turnover performance added to Walz's recent unhappiness. After last week's loss, Walz rearranged the starting lineup that featured Yacine Diop and Jessica Laemmle. Laemmle made a three-pointer in their first quarter run.
Louisville improves to 9-1 on the year. They travel to Kentucky on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 1:00 p.m. #15 Kentucky is 9-0 on the year and plays Winthrop before the Cards and Cats meet.
--by Jared Anderson
--Photo by Jared Anderson
Louisville women's basketball celebrated Thanksgiving in the U.S. Virgin Islands at the Paradise Jam. They faced three opponents in as many days, and earned the sweep.
Game One: Louisville 76, UT Arlington 67
UTA was a team few knew about and they used that to their advantage, holding a small lead after the first quarter. The Cards answered by taking control of the middle two periods. They had to sweat it out down the stretch, relying on free throws to seal the deal.
Jazmine Jones posted a team-high 24 points with Dana Evans close behind with 19. The Cards struggled with ball control and committed 20 turnovers.
Game Two: Louisville 69, Oklahoma State 48
Louisville easily handled Oklahoma State, controlling the game from the start. The Pokes never scored more than 14 points in any quarter. The Cards held a 12-point halftime lead before pulling away further after the break.
Evans went off for 28 points. Elizabeth Balogun posted a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Bionca Dunham also had 10 rebounds. The turnover woes continued with 21.
Game Three: Louisville 72, Oregon 62
The Cards shocked the nation and the #1 Ducks in the biggest upset of the season. Oregon held a nine-point lead after the first quarter but used a 24-8 second quarter to go into halftime with the lead. They would never surrender the lead the rest of the game.
Kylee Shook, Evans, Balogun, and Jones all posted double-digit figures in scoring. Shook led the team with 15 rebounds as she posted a double-double. Dunham added 12 rebounds. The Cards cut the turnovers in half from the previous two games with just 10. Louisville limited Oregon to just 6-35 from three-point range and preseason Player of the Year Sabrina Ionescu was held to 13 points.
Louisville improved to 8-0 on the year. They hit the road for their next four games that feature Ohio State, Northern Kentucky, Kentucky, and UT Martin. When Louisville returns home they will kick off ACC play.