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It felt like Louisville fans have been waiting forever for the women’s basketball team to get off the road and come home. After playing their first five games away they finally brought the show to the Yum, and it was worth the wait. The Cards jumped out to an 8-0 lead against the Redhawks and the game was never seriously in doubt from that point on.

Bionca Dunham had her best game of the season. She had 13 of her 15 points in the first half. Kylee Shook led the team with 17 points without relying entirely on her outside shot. She was much more aggressive in the paint tonight. Asia Durr had 16 points and led the team in rebounds with 7.

Coach Walz was still not happy with his team’s defense. “Offensively I thought we were fantastic. We’ve got to got down on some of the silly turnovers....but defensively we’ve got a long way to go.” He added, “Part of our problem right now is that if we miss a shot we hang our head which then puts us at a disadvantage at the defensive end.”

Coach Walz almost got on the score sheet as well. In the 3rd quarter Bionca threw a pass directly to him on the sideline and for a split second he thought about taking the 3. After the game he joked, “I was afraid I was going to get in trouble again with the NCAA if I took the shot. Believe me it would’ve gone in....and my players know if that if it had gone in they would’ve never heard the end of it....Going an hour and a half, standing up, and in dress clothes— you guys are warmed up and playing and you can’t hit it.”

The announced attendance was 7,544. After the game Coach Walz said, “It was great to see everybody. We’re just so blessed and so fortunate to have the type of support the we get here in Louisville and all of our players, staff, and everyone involved in our program we really appreciate you coming out here and being a big part of our success.” The next game is Thursday at the Yum Center. Louisville plays Nebraska as part of the ACC/Big 10 Challenge. The game is at 7pm.