After an abysmal sports weekend it seemed that the ladies were going to give us an easy blowout against NC State to finish off 2017. The Cards held the Wolfpack to zero, yes I said ZE-RO, field goals in the first quarter. In fact they didn’t score a basket until 4:49 left to go in the half. Even in the third quarter the Cards were up 41-18 and it looked like it was in the bag. But as former Louisville coach Lee Corso would say—not so fast my friend.
The last three meetings of these two teams have been decided by 5 points TOTAL so it should come as no surprise that NC State fought back to make a game of it. With under 5 minutes to go in the game they trimmed the lead to 47-43. However, they would get no closer. Myisha Hines-Allen (17 pts/12 reb) got a steal that lead to a fast break layup. Asia Durr (17 pts) drew a foul and made a couple of free throws. In the end the final score was 55-47.
After the game Coach Walz said, “There are times we look like the 3rd best team in the country and there are times we look like the 300th.” He bemoaned how stagnant his team can become on offense and their turnovers. “Some of my players think if we throw it to the other team and it leads to a layup that counts as an assist....we need to make a New Year’s resolution to pass it to our team.”
Myisha Hines-Allen was asked about playing with Asia Durr and said, “I love playing with her...who wouldn’t?? But most importantly she’s a great person and you want to be around her.” Also, “We have great teammates who get us the ball.”
Next up is #14 Duke who is coming off a close loss to Miami today. The game is at the Yum Center on Thursday, January 4th at 7pm and can be seen on ACC Network Extra.