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Louisville wears down Wake to win 73-49

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Wake Forest scored first in this game, but that was the only time they’d lead. Still, despite Louisville playing a solid game the Deacs kept things in reach. The lead was only 41-33 well into the 3rd quarter but then the superior talent for the Cards started to take its toll. Mid-way into the 4th the lead had grown to 20 and Wake finally seemed to accept their fate.

Arica Carter came out blazing again and had 9 of her 12 points in the first quarter. Jazmine Jones had solid contributions in every phase of the game. She had 8 points, a career high 8 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 3 blocks, and only 1 turnover. After the game Coach Walz said, “That’s what she has to do for us. I was really proud of her.” He added, “Jaz went to the glass better today—she came up with 4 boards. And then she didn’t foul as much which is something we’ve talked to her about. She can’t pick up those two fouls in the first half because it really puts us in a tough spot.”

Asia Durr had 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals but she didn’t score until the 3rd quarter. Coach Walz said, “I thought Asia passed the ball well. She was a little gimpy today, feeling a little sore. So we’ll get her plenty of rest the next few days and hopefully she’ll be back up and ready to go on Thursday.”

Once again he sang the praises of freshman Mykasa Robinson, “Mykasa was all over the floor. She makes plays. She makes things happen. Just like the offensive rebound she got in front of the bench...that’s just effort.”

Louisville’s rebounding woes continue (25-45). Coach Walz said, “Our rebounding is something we keep working on and working on it’s not gonna get fixed overnight. But...if we can continue to take care of the ball with only 6 turnovers...it puts more pressure on you to do that because if you’re not going to rebound then you can’t turn the ball over.”

Coach Walz finished with, “Our fans back home I just want to say thank you to all of you. We are so fortunate to have the support that we have. This was their promotion Jam the Joel and it ended up with 1,200. It’s something we never take for granted. Our players know that I tell them at every single ball game that the players before them helped build it to where it is, and it’s our job to continue to keep it there.”

Next up Louisville travels to Jazmine Jones’ hometown to take on Florida State. The game is Thursday at 7pm and can be seen on RSN.