--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
The Cardinals rebounded after a tough loss on the road to Notre Dame with a solid, defensive home victory. Louisville defeated Georgia Tech 66-41.
Both teams shot poorly for much of the game. The Cardinals hit less than 30 percent for the third quarter. Their 58.3-percent performance in the fourth helped salvage a 43.4 percent day shooting. Louisville was also out-rebounded 46-32.
They did, however, hold Georgia Tech to just 26.2 percent. The Jackets also missed three of nine free-throws. Louisville passed the ball around, gaining 19 assists, and won the game easily.
Louisville set the tone early in the first period. Asia Durr hit eight of Louisville’s first 10 points. Louisville also forced Georgia Tech to miss their first three field goals. It wasn’t until Lorela Cubaj hit a jumper with 6:04 in the period that the Jackets scored their first point. The Cardinals ended the period with a 24-14 lead, despite a 12-5 Tech rebounding advantage.
The second was more defensive. Both teams shot under 40 percent from the field, though Louisville had a higher percentage (38.5 v. 16.7 percent). The Cardinals managed to outscore Georgia Tech by a 12-9 advantage. Louisville scored the first six of the period, off threes by Dana Evans and Durr. Four of Tech’s nine points were from the free-throw line.
Louisville carried a 36-23-point lead heading into the second half. The Cardinals out-shot GT 44.4 percent to 28.6. Louisville also connected on six of 14 threes. Georgia Tech did have the 21-14 rebounding advantage.
Georgia Tech began cutting into Louisville’s lead in the third period. Both teams exchanged baskets for the first four minutes. The Yellow Jackets were on a 6-0 run over two minutes long. Then, with 28 seconds left, Durr hit a layup to snap a cold streak- the Cardinals missed their previous five attempts. As the period expired, Louisville had an 11-point lead.
The fourth was a very defensive period. Louisville went on an 7-2 run through the first six minutes of the period. With 4:48 left, Sam Fuehring made a layup, and her 11 point, giving herself a double-double (she had 12 rebounds at the time). Then, both teams stopped impersonating Virginia Men’s basketball, and started scoring. Louisville finished the game on an 6-0 run, and hit their last four field goals.
The Cardinals move to 15-1 (3-1 ACC). Their next game is against the 7-9 Virginia Cavaliers. Louisville will host UVA Thursday at 7pm.