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Louisville holds Michigan to 12 second half points to win 74-49

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After the game Coach Jeff Walz apologized to the fans for his team’s first half performance again Michigan in the semi-finals of the WNIT calling it “immature.” The Cards let Wolverine junior Katelynn Flaherty have a first quarter shooting performance than can only be described as Albrechtian. At halftime Michigan was shooting 65% overall and 67% from 3, and the Cards were down 32-37.

Then came the second half.

Louisville turned up the defensive pressure and outscored Michigan 42-12. After a dry shooting spell in the first half Asia Durr ended up with 13 points including 3 -pointers that sparked the 2nd half run. Myisha Hines-Allen led scorers with 19 points to go with her 8 rebounds.

However, once again it was a team effort. Coach Walz said, “the bench played with energy....everybody contributed.” He said that freshman Dana Evans did a great job defensively and that Sydney Zambrotta “came in and gave us a huge lift.” Personally, I’m impressed with the off-season improvement of sophomore Bionca Dunham. Tonight she fought for a few key rebounds and played well defensively.

Next up Louisville will play 10th ranked Oregon in the finals of the WNIT on Sunday at the Yum Center at 3pm. The game is on CBS Sports Network.