Jeff Walz has promised us all along that his team wouldn’t make it through the season undefeated, and tonight they finally made good on that promise.
Despite charging out to a 22-9 lead in the first quarter, the Cards let the Seminoles back in the game. Florida State substituted continuously the entire game and there were several occasions when Louisville looked gassed. This probably contributed to the Cards’ field goal percentage dropping from 55% in the first quarter to 35% by the end of the game.
It was an uncharacteristic game for several players. Arica Carter is normally a steady floor general and she finished the game with 6 careless turnovers. Asia Durr couldn’t seem to buy a basket. Sam Fuehring wasn’t making passes as crisply as normal. Fatigue was probably a part of that. Part of it was sometimes it’s just not your night. You learn from it and move on.
Louisville was out-rebounded 52-42. However Myisha Hines Allen had an impressive 15 rebounds to go with her team-high 13 points. Jazmine Jones also hustled for 11 rebounds.
After the game Coach Walz praised his team’s defense saying that FSU averages 80 points a game and we held them to 50. However, he was not pleased with the 18 second-chance points that FSU scored. He said, “FSU has 5 seniors playing with a purpose and we didn’t match that.” He added, “The crowd was great. I apologize. I take the blame for it. We haven’t been as good as we have been.”
Next up the Cards travel to Miami. The game is Thursday morning at 11AM. It can be seen on ACC Network Extra.