The ACC will definitely never put this game in a time capsule to convince future generations of the excellence of the conference in 2019. Louisville started the game playing disruptive defense which held Georgia Tech scoreless for the first four minutes. However the Cards didn’t seem as sharp and crisp as they were Thursday night. They shot a respectable 43.4% for the game, but it was their second lowest scoring output of the season just edging out the 58 points they scored against #19 Arizona State in November. However, they held the Yellow Jackets to a mere 41 points off of 26.2% shooting so that was more than enough for the victory.
After the game Asia Durr said, “We tried to come out and be very aggressive. Our defensive pressure started off really good. We tried to get on them and create some turnovers, and I thought we did a great job doing that.”
Coach Walz said, “You have to defend their cutters. Their guards do a great job of when the ball goes into the post of cutting to the basket and we did not fall asleep one time. We did not give up an easy layup off of a hand off or a dump pass.” However, he added, “We held them to 44 points and they got 15 second chance points....You work so hard to defend but you’ve got to finish it with a rebound.”
So yes once again rebounding was an issue for Louisville. Georgia Tech finished the game with a 46-32 advantage on the boards. Coach Walz said, “Everybody’s got to rebound on our team. At the defensive end everybody has to commit and buy into it. At the offensive end we do send somebody back. So if I’m being the one sent back every time I’m not going to get an offensive board. I’m fine with that. But we don’t send anybody back on the defensive glass. So everybody’s got to buy in to making this a team rebounding effort.”
Asia Durr led all scorers with 21 and added 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Sam Fuehring had a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds. However, Sam still thought there was room for improvement. “Mine were all defensive end (13 of the 14) so it’s not like I did anything special really. I should’ve been relentless on the offensive end.”
Freshman Mykasa Robinson played some solid minutes this afternoon after her good game at Notre Dame. Asia Durr said of her teammate, “She’s been doing great. In our game Thursday she had back to back big time plays. I mean that’s huge.” Sam Fuehring added, “I feel like she’s trusting the process as well. With Kas she does the little things right and sooner or later she’ll be starting in on the big things.
Today’s attendance was 10, 570. Coach Walz said, “I know whenever we come out and the end zones are filled that it’s a great crowd, and I thought it was fantastic.” Louisville also stays home for the next game. They meet Virginia on January 17th at 7pm at the KFC Yum Center. The game can also be seen on ACCN Extra.
Best way to BOUNCE back after a tough road loss..... coming home to 10,570 Card Fans at home! We appreciate EVERYONE selling out the entire bottom bowl & arriving before jump ball to bring the . Yum Center was rocking. WE FELT YOUR ENERGY! #ItTakesEveryone pic.twitter.com/9erxhgqqaq— Sam Purcell (@coachsampurcell) January 13, 2019