Louisville ended a four game home stretch with a resounding victory over Evansville. The final score was 89-47, but at one point in the first half it was 40-15 so the game was never in question.
A couple of weeks ago on his coach's show Jeff Walz said that Kylee Shook sometimes seemed like she was out there "dancing in the tulips" and that he needed to make her meaner. She's primarily floated around the perimeter on offense. However, the last two games she posted up more and used her length to be an imposing presence offensively and defensively. Today it paid off as she notched her first double-double as a Cardinal with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Briahanna Jackson ended the game with 11 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 steal. Quite frankly, I found those modest stats astonishing because it seemed like she was all over the court influencing the action. In fact, Coach Walz said after the game, "I think 3/4 of the crowd comes to watch her because she's everywhere."
Lady Cards up 80-32 vs Evansville in the 4th. pic.twitter.com/8yVKspysT3— Williamncaudill (@wncaudill) December 18, 2016
In the last two games the starters have come out in the second half and seem as if they were challenged at halftime to maintain focus and intensity despite an enormous lead. However, there has also been a drop-off when they exit the game. Last game Coach Walz chastised the bench players for hunting shots and today them seemed to play much more within the offense. Still, Coach Walz said that they played sloppy and with conference play coming up this was their chance to show him what they can do.
The Cards play Vanderbilt on Wednesday the 21st at 8PM in Nashville. The game can be seen on SEC+.