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Recap: Louisville Passes UT-Chattanooga

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After Louisville defeated UT-Chattanooga in their NCAA first round game Myisha Hines-Allen said, "When we pass the ball we're a great team."  Pass the ball they did.  Louisville had 28 assists---the most in a NCAA game in school history.  Mariya Moore had 10 which is tied for third most in school history for a tournament game.

Even though the Cards had double digit lead for most of the second half it never seemed like the game was out of reach for the Mocs.  It wasn't until Asia Durr (27 points) got fouled while draining a 3 from the corner with 3:57 to go to did I write "finally exhale" in my notes.  The final score was 82-62.

This game also marked the return of Briahanna Jackson who has been out with back spasms.  Coach Walz has said that he was saving her for the tourney and his decision seemed well-founded because she immediately made a difference.  About 20 seconds after entering the game she grabbed her first rebound.  She took a charge a few minutes later.  She came off the bench to finish with 3 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 1 steal.  It's those intangibles that make a good team great.

Another key bench player was freshman Jazmine Jones.  She played with a lot of energy and had 14 points.  After the game she said, "If I actually listen to him [Coach Walz] like I did tonight good things happen. (laughs)  Thanks, Coach."

Louisville will play Tennessee this Monday at the Yum Center.  A disappointing 4,000 tickets were sold for the first round game so hopefully more people will come out to support the team on Monday night.