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Louisville opens season with 80-40 pummeling of Southeast Missouri

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The ninth-ranked Cards had no problem in their opener.

NCAA Womens Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Oklahoma City Regional-Baylor vs Louisville Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Another exciting basketball season is upon us! Louisville took its #9 ranking into a matchup with Southeast Missouri in the first game of the WNIT. I would like to do an in-depth analysis of the team and their prospects for this season based on my observations from this game, but by the time the Redhawks managed to score their first field goal with about 58 seconds left in the first quarter I had already redirected the bulk of my attention to catching up with all the people around me who I haven’t seen since last season.

The final score was 80-40.

Juniors Sam Fuehring and Arica Carter entered the starting lineup. Arica scored Louisville’s first three pointer of the season about halfway into the second quarter. She finished the game with 2 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 assists, and 6 points. After the game Coach Walz said that he was happy for her and “that’s the line we need her to continue to get.”

Sophomore Jazmine Jones also started and led all scorers with 12 points. However, Coach Walz was frustrated that she wouldn’t drive left. He said, “Ohio State will say ‘force her left’ and if she doesn’t make that adjustment it will be tough.”

Highly touted returning starters Myisha Hines-Allen and Asia Durr only scored 6 and 8 points, respectively. Still, Coach Walz said that Myisha did a nice job getting others involved.

Next up the Cards play their first road game up at Ohio State this Sunday. The game is at 4pm and can be seen on ESPNU.