They say that vengeance is a dish best served cold, but personally I think it's a dish best served in the tournament. Louisville found itself in the same position it was a month ago against NC State in the Yum when the Wolfpack had the ball for the final possession and had a shot fall in at the buzzer to win. However, today the shots didn't fall for NC State and Louisville scraped by with a 59-58 win.
In retrospect Louisville should be happy to even be in the position to win the game. NC State came out blazing and the Cards soon found themselves in a 18-30 hole. If not for an unfortunate injury to Jennifer Mathurin the Cards may never have recovered. After she went out of the game Louisville went on a 12-2 run to end the half. Asia Durr carried the bulk of the offense by scoring 21 points in the first half alone.
In his halftime interview Coach Walz said that NC State came out with much more passion and energy than Louisville and it seemed in the second half the Cards tried to match that intensity. The two teams traded leads and things were a little chippy. In the end the Cards did just enough to survive and advance.
Myisha Hines-Allen had only 2 points in the first half but she finished the game with another double-double (16 points, 10 rebounds).
Louisville will play Notre Dame tomorrow at noon. The game will be on ESPN2.