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Louisville struggles to beat North Carolina 67-57

NCAA Womens Basketball: Louisville at Connecticut David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

If you had hoped today was the day Louisville started the game with a strong 1st quarter you were sorely disappointed. Despite losing their last 6 games and having a record of 14-12, North Carolina had a 16-13 lead going into the second quarter. Louisville missed at least 3 wide open layups. Every pass was an adventure. By halftime they had 9 of their 19 turnovers for the game. Unforced turnovers. Just throwing the ball to the ghost in the corner. According to Coach Walz, “it was definitely an ugly ball game.”

Speaking of ugly, I’m going on record as saying this is the worst foul call I’ve seen in 4 decades of watching the sport.

In the 4th quarter the Cards finally took the lead on an Asia Durr 3. However a couple of minutes later she came down on the foot of a UNC player and left the game.

Since it had been such a rock fight and so many players were in foul trouble it was a tense situation. Junior Arica Carter stepped up big though and made two 3s and from then on the Cards were in control.

After the game Coach Walz said that Asia had a sprained ankle but she’d get treatment and he’d be “shocked” if she didn’t play on Thursday. She left the game with a team-high 19 points. Arica Carter added 14 points. Coach Walz said, “She hit big time shots, and I was really proud of her.”

The Cards finally return home to Louisville on Thursday to play Virginia. The game is at 7PM and can be seen on ACC Network Extra. It is also the yearly Pink Game for breast cancer awareness.