With about 3 minutes to go in the first half Louisville and Vanderbilt were locked in a seesaw battle and the score was 35-33 in favor of the Cards. This is notable because I think Coach Jeff Walz has one of those magic remote controls Adam Sandler picked up in the movie Click that can freeze time. Louisville’s defense froze Vanderbilt on 33 points for almost 10 minutes of game time. By the time Vandy senior Rachel Bell scored with 3:24 to go in the 3rd quarter Louisville had taken control of the game and had a commanding 57-36 lead.
In the first quarter Bell scored 16 of Vanderbilt’s 24 points. Clicker Theory aside, a main factor in Louisville’s run is that they started putting a hand in her face. She only scored 2 more points in the half and finished the game with 21. Another big factor was junior Sam Fuerhing had 100* backdoor cuts for wide open layups.
*I’m like 72% confident that is an accurate statistic
Asia Durr led the team in scoring with 25 and tied Myisha Hines-Allen in steals with 4. Arica Carter had very solid game. She had 15 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 steal.
After the game Coach Walz expressed frustration that the Cards allowed Vandy’s good players to gain confidence early in the game. He said, “I don’t care about missed shots...the defense was terrible.” He said that the tide turned in the 2nd quarter when the team started to defend. He also said that he needs to get Jazmine Jones “back with a little swagger” because the team will need her to make a run in the future.
Louisville moves to 10-0 plays a tough Middle Tennessee team this Saturday the 9th in the Yum at 7pm. The game can also be seen on ACC Network Extra.