--by Jared Anderson
--photo by Jared Anderson
Illnesses plagued Louisville women's basketball recently, resulting in a small bench for the game against Virginia, but the Cards prevailed 71-56 mostly due to a strong first half.
Coach Jeff Walz mentioned that a few players were at home with the flu, which led to nine players dressed for the game. Noticeable players absent that were confirmed ill included Jessica Laemmle and Molly Lockhart.
Dana Evans led the offense with 21 points and Jazmine Jones and Kylee Shook had 13 and 10, respectively. All of Jones' points came in the second half while her teammates did most of their damage in the first that featured a 22-4 run.
Turnovers and fouls were high for both teams in a sloppy game. The two teams combined for 37 fouls and 31 turnovers.
Louisville won the rebounding battle 40-33 but the two teams were evenly matched in most categories like second chance points and points off turnovers.
Shemera Williams powered Virginia with 20 points and Jocelyn Willoughby posted a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Louisville improves to 19-1 with a perfect 8-0 mark in the ACC. Virginia drops to 7-12 and 2-6 in conference play.
Pittsburgh comes to town on Sunday for a 4:00 p.m., tip-off against the Cards.