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Louisville grinds out good win over Syracuse 84-77

NCAA Womens Basketball: Louisville at Syracuse Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The first few minutes of this game were a flat-out track meet. After 4 minutes of play the score was 10-14 with both teams sprinting the floor. That pace was in Syracuse’s favor and the Cards were not playing in a fashion that pleased their coach. After the game he said, “We were really sloppy in the 1st quarter. We were not focused and allowed them to get shots. We had a nice little conversation at the end of the 1st quarter and got refocused.”

The start of the second half the Cards gave themselves the separation they needed to ultimately win the game. They took a halftime lead of 5 points and expanded it to 60-44. However, it was never a comfortable lead. Syracuse kept the pressure on getting the lead under 10 points several times in the 4th quarter. But each time it seemed the momentum seemed to be swinging in the Orange’s favor Asia Durr would hit a big three or Myisha Hines-Allen would muscle up a shot over two defenders.

Asia finished the game with 27 points and 7 assists. Myisha had 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists. Coach Walz praised the bench players saying, “They all did great things.” Sydney Zambrotta had 8 points in the 2nd quarter included a 3 at the buzzer. Kylee Shook started the 2nd quarter strong with 6 points and a rebound. Coach Walz said that she was disappointed she didn’t play more but he laughed, “That was hardest I’ve seen Myisha play in 3 or 4 games and I was NOT going to take her out!”

Louisville is back in the Yum on Wednesday again Clemson. Coach Walz has a goal of getting 6 games in a row with the attendance over 10,000. The game is at 7PM and can also bee seen ACC Network Extra.