I composed the first draft of this recap after the first quarter of the game and it contained two words. One of them was “UConn” and the other one would’ve gotten my mouth washed out with soap in the 3rd grade.
Louisville did what you simply cannot do against the Huskies and that’s get down by double digits. When Sam Fuehring went to the bench with 2 quick fouls the Huskies went on a tear and outscored the Cards 19-0. The score at the end of the first quarter was a dismal 6-24. However from that point on Louisville outscored the Huskies 52-45. They adjusted to UConn’s length and quickness and started playing smarter. According to Holly Rowe, during a timeout late in the game Coach Walz told the team, “I don’t know whose idea it was to spot the other team 20 points, but it was a bad idea.”
Geno on the Old Big East: “I miss it. We don’t have characters like that in our league. Thank God. Jeff’s a character... the officials are glad we don’t have him in our league.”— Howie Lindsey (@howielindsey) February 13, 2018
Both Asia Durr and Myisha Hines-Allen were held scoreless in the first quarter, but they finished with 20 and 13 respectively. Myisha added 12 rebounds for a double-double. Arica Carter had 12 points including a 3 to start the game.
After the game Coach Walz said, “Sam’s early foul trouble really hurt us. When I had to take her out...it was not a good thing.” He also pointed out that the Cards had 9 turnovers in the first quarter but ended the game with 16 total. He said he told the team, “There’s no such thing as a good loss. They all suck. But you didn’t just roll over and die and I was proud.”
Louisville stays on the road to play Boston College on Thursday. The game is at 7PM and can be seen on ACC Network Extra.
And one last thing....