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Louisville Falls to Ohio St. 67-60

The Cards get first loss of the season to the Buckeyes

NCAA Womens Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Albany Regional-Oregon State vs Louisville Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

After the Oregon game Coach Walz said, “We aren’t going to finish the year undefeated I can promise you that much.” I just don’t think most of thought the Cards would make good on that promise quite so soon but they fell to the Buckeyes after a sluggish performance.

In the second quarter Louisville got a slight lead and it looked like they might get in a groove and take over the game. Instead Ohio State closed the gap so the Cards went into halftime with a two point lead. In the second half the Cards were missing shots, and getting beat on defense, and not grabbing rebounds. As good as they looked against Oregon was as poor as they looked tonight and ultimately it led to their downfall.

Dana Evans had 18 points but also 0 assists and 2 turnovers. Bionca Dunham had a double double 10 points and 11 rebounds but all of her points came in the first half. Molly Lockhart saw her first action as a Cardinal. She played for 2 minutes but didn’t score.

After the game Coach Walz spoke to Nick Curran and compared this game to the ones in St. Thomas. He said, “As well as we did on a scouting report for three games—and two of them with really no prep—was about as poor as we did tonight with two and a half days of prep. So we got what we deserved. I’ve said this from day one: we have a chance to win a lot of ball games but we’re also going to lose a couple we’re not supposed to. To me this is one of those.”

He said, “It was terrible. It was choppy,” but “it’s good film. The world’s not coming to an end.” He added, “The most disappointing thing to me is that just broke our streak of not getting beat by unranked teams and that’s something I’ve really taken a lot of pride in.”

He finished with, “I’m going to make sure I remind these kids tomorrow that there’s a lot of pride in this program. We’ve built this thing to where we’re a top 10, top 5 program and it’s gonna stay there. Our worth ethic is going to change. You can’t make excuses. You’ve got to get it done.”

The Cards stay on the road, but they’ll be close to home. They play Northern Kentucky University on Sunday the 8th at 2PM. The game is on ESPN+.