--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photos by Seth Spalding
It was a bit of a homecoming for Louisville women’s basketball coach Jeff Walz, as the Cardinals hosted Northern Kentucky. The Louisville coach was a two-year letterwinner on the Norse men’s basketball team, and graduated from NKU in 1995.
His Cardinals, led by Sophomore guard Dana Evans, defeated Northern Kentucky 92-56. Louisville also honored the 2009 Louisville women’s basketball squad that were the runners-up in the NCAA championship.
Evans led both teams with 21 points and 6 assists. She made 8 of 12 from the field, 1 of 2 from beyond the arc, and 4 of 4 from the free-throw line. In total, the Cardinals hit 50.7 percent for the game, and 38.1 from three. Four Cardinals scored more than 10 points. Joining Evans is Sam Fuehring (15), Kylee Shook (15) and Asia Durr (11).
The Cardinals held NKU to 41.7 percent from the field, and 23.5 from three. NKU made 5 of 10 free-throw attempts.
Louisville set the tone in the first quarter. The Cardinals opened the game on a 11-2 run. Norse baskets were separated by at least four Louisville points. Arica Carter had a pair of three-pointers. Evans had three baskets. In total, the Cardinals led 25-10 entering the second period.
NKU responded to many of Louisville’s second-period runs. The Cardinals’ longest unanswered streak featured six points, and came two times in the quarter. At one point, Louisville was able to go on a 11-1 run. Lindsey Duvall made a three, Shook sunk a pair of free-throws; NKU scored one free-shot. Shook made a layup, and Durr had a three and free-throw.
At halftime, Louisville led 51-24.
Northern won the third period. Grayson Rose scored seven. Kailey Coffey had six points. When the period closed out, Louisville still maintained a 66-45 lead.
Evans went off in the last six and a half minutes of the game. The Sophomore guard scored 11 of Louisville’s final 17 points. In that time frame, Louisville outscored NKU 17-6. Louisville held on for the win.
The 11-0 Cardinals look to make it 12 in a row on Thursday, December 20th against Central Michigan. The game is at 7pm in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.