Louisville just played in a record-setting overtime win against highly ranked Ohio State on Sunday. So I guess it’s understandable that they were a little ragged to start the game against Toledo tonight. The first quarter was close and the Cards had a 6 point lead going into the second, but by halftime the lead had grown to 18 and Louisville never looked back. The final score was 90-55.
The last couple of years it’s felt like the team had a few highly touted players and you just hoped and prayed everyone else that came on the floor could hold their own long enough to not screw up things for the “stars.” The vibe this year is totally different. Everybody has their integral part to play. Everybody contributes.
In the second quarter Sydney Zambrotta came off the bench and got 5 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists. In one sequence she got a one-handed rebound, drove the ball down the floor, and when she drew the defense passed it out to a wide open Asia Durr for a 3. After the game Coach Walz credited her for giving the team a big lift.
After halftime Myisha Hines-Allen was ferocious. She bullied players in the lane and took contact while scoring. She finished the game with a double-double (17 points, 10 rebounds).
In the fourth quarter Jazmine Jones took over playing with energy and enthusiasm. She also finished the game with a double-double identical to Myisha’s—17 points, 10 rebounds. However, she also had 5 turnovers thus earning the ire of her coach. “She didn’t have a good night. Five turnovers....she’s better than that.”
The Cards continue in the WNIT on Thursday. The played a ranked Michigan team at 7pm at the Yum Center. They need to win to play in the final on Sunday. It can be seem on ACC Network Extra. Per the UofL website it is also a “Thirsty Thursday.” I don’t know what that means exactly, but it sounds promising.