--by Jared Anderson
--photo by Jared Anderson
After faltering in a pair of mid-season games, Louisville women's basketball has bounced back with three straight wins including two on the road.
Louisville at NC State
The Cards found their moxy on the road against then-#4 NC State, 66-59.
The Cards used a big run in the first quarter to hold a double-digit lead and continued that lead through halftime. The Wolfpack cut into the lead near the end of the third quarter and early fourth quarter, but Jeff Walz pulled his team together to hang on down the stretch.
Jazmine Jones led all scorers with 19 points. Kylee Shook was three blocks shy of a triple-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds, and seven blocks.
The Louisville defense limited Elissa Cunane to 10 points on 1-12 shooting, with most of her points coming at the free throw line.
Louisville vs Notre Dame
Louisville returned home to host a Notre Dame team is having an uncharacteristic poor season. Louisville danced their way to an 82-49 victory.
The Irish kept things close in the first quarter before a major second quarter burst from the Louisville offense blew the game out of proportion.
Louisville cruised along in the second half easily en route to their biggest win over Notre Dame since their 100-67 victory in the spring of 2018.
Four Cardinals scored in double-figures in the game.
Louisville at Georgia Tech
Back on the road, the Cards faced one of the best defenses in the country in Georgia Tech, but came out with a 58-47 victory.
The Cards raced out to an early 9-0 lead, but the Yellow Jackets cut it to a single basket before holding a 10-point halftime lead. The two foes played even for most of the second half.
Jones scored 18, Dana Evans added 14, and Shook posted a double-double with a 13-13 points-rebounds mark.
Louisville now sits at 24-3 overall and holds the #5 ranking in the AP Poll. The three straight wins improves their conference record to 13-2, enough to put them in first place with three games remaining.
Louisville plays their final road game this Sunday at Pitt at 2:00 p.m., before returning home on Thursday to host Boston College at 6:00 p.m.