--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.