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Louisville Flattens Virginia 91-43

NCAA Womens Basketball: Final Four-Louisville vs Mississippi State Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The first quarter of this game was fairly respectable. Both teams were missing some easy shots. The Cards headed into the second quarter with a meager 15-11 lead. From that point it was debatable which was the bigger competition of the evening: the basketball game or who would leave the Yum with a Jeff Walz bobblehead.

In front of UVa coach and basketball legend Tina Thompson, Louisville went on a scoring rampage in the second quarter. At the five minute mark the score was 30-17 and by halftime the lead had grown to 46-20. The Cavaliers would not challenge the Cards from that point forward.

Asia Durr seemed to find her stroke again and led all scorers with 20 points. Kylee Shook had 14 points and 8 rebounds. Dana Evans added 14 points, 4 assists, and 3 rebounds. The Cards reversed their rebounding woes this evening and out-rebounded their competition 42-27.

Coach Walz said, “In the second quarter we really passed the ball well...I was really pleased with how well we shared the ball.” He was also pleased with his team’s rebounding, “We had 21 second chance points. We haven’t had 21 second chance points the last 3 games combined.”

On the play of freshman Mykasa Robinson he said, “She played 20 minutes but when you look at the box score she only had 4 points and 2 rebounds....but it’s what she does away from the ball. She’s always defensively in the right spot. She putting a body on somebody trying to box out and rebound. She makes plays and that’s what you’re asking for.”

At one point Arica Carter lobbed a pass to Mykasa which sailed over her head into Coach Walz’s hands. He took the jumper but missed. On his own poor shooting night he said, “That’s my shot. That’s where I spent most of my college days sitting right there on that bench. For me to miss that shot that’s my go was really disappointing.”

Next up the Cards play at Wake Forest on Sunday, January 20th. The game is at 1PM.