--by Jared Anderson
--photo by Jared Anderson
A scoring-by-committee effort helped Louisville cruise past Pittsburgh 83-49. Six Cardinals scored in double-figures while no one saw more than 28 minutes.
Pitt held onto a small lead early in the game, but proved to be no match as Louisville would go on a run to hold an eight-point lead at the end of the first quarter.
A nine-point advantage in the second quarter gave the Cards a 17-point cushion at the break.
While the teams regrouped in the locker rooms, Louie celebrated his birthday on the court and the hundreds of Girl Scouts in attendance celebrated Girl Scout Day.
The dagger was in the third quarter when Louisville won the battle 25-11, highlighted by a three-point buzzer beater by Elizabeth Balogun to close out the period.
Coach Jeff Walz emptied the bench for the fourth quarter to allow the reserves to get in-game experience. A Jessica Laemmle layup brought the crowd to its feet as the Cards won the period by three.
Balogun, Dana Evans, Kylee Shook, and Bionca Dunham each scored 12 points. Jazmine Jones scored 11, Elizabeth Dixon scored 10, and Yacine Diop addded eight.
One of the most notable figures was the 23 assists on 31 made shots for the Cards. Walz complimented the ball movement during the post game press conference.
Transitions were a strength for the Cards, who won the fast break points battle 17-2.
Walz took a moment during his post game press conference to discuss the tragedy surrounding Kobe Bryant and what he meant to the women's basketball community. Bryant recently visited Louisville committ Hailey Van Lith and posed for a picture with her.
Louisville (20-1, 9-0 ACC) remained undefeated in conference play. They travel to South Bend on Thursday for a game against a struggling Notre Dame team. They return to the KFC Yum! Center next Sunday to host the USWNT in exhibition play.