The game started awkwardly. Instead of lining up around the mid-court circle most of Louisville’s players set up on their end of the court. It appeared Bionca Dunham was supposed to back tap the ball to Sam Fuehring to start the offense....only Boston College got the tap and with most of our team at the opposite end of the floor the Eagles were able to easily score.
That was about the only thing that went right for Boston College the rest of the game.
Despite a physical, hard fought game Louisville just had more talent than the opposition today. The Cards maintained a double digit lead for most of the contest. Coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee is in her first year at BC, and—like all first year coaches—she has the daunting task of establishing a new culture and making the most of what was left in her cupboard.
Asia Durr led all scorers with 23 points. Kylee Shook had 14 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 blocked shots. Sam Fuehring finished with 11 points and 7 rebounds.
After the game Coach Walz said, “I thought we passed the ball extremely well in the first 4 minutes of the game especially...I think we had 20 points in the first minutes because we were sharing it and then we got a little sloppy and had five straight possessions where we got nothing out of it. That’s what we have to eliminate....when you play all the top teams in our league that five possession stretch can cost you a ballgame.”
When asked about her team’s defense Sam Fuehring said, “Coach Walz has been emphasizing aggressiveness and making people uncomfortable and we’ve been working on that and it’s been working and...um....I forgot what I was about to say....” At which point Asia Durr laughingly interjected, “It’s okay. Brain fart.” Sam regrouped and added, “Oh I remember, it gets the crowd going when we get steals....so those little things that we do are helpful.”
Mykasa Robinson had a concussion and was not on the bench tonight. Coach Walz said, “She probably could’ve come to the game, but the smartest thing to do is just give her as much rest as you can especially with all the noise and the lights.”
With Mykasa out Lindsey Duvall and Seygan Robins got more minutes. Coach Walz said, “I thought they both did a really nice job. Linds goes 3 of 5 from the field and ends up with 9. Seygan in 12 minutes had 4 assists.” He added, “They’re good basketball players. It’s the fact that they’re playing with three guards who started on a Final Four team.”
Next up Louisville plays #9 NC State at the Yum on Thursday. The game is at 7PM, but it’s Senior Night for Asia Durr, Arica Carter, and Sam Fuehring so get there early. However, don’t expect any tears from Asia Durr. “I really don’t think too much about Senior Night....I just play ball. That’s all I want to do. Of course you want to soak it all in and have fun, but we’re here to win.”
Card Nation...you continue to raise the bar & surprise us. I ❤️ how you make our players feel special... whether it is a custom made uniform, signs, w/ fake eyelashes on them, or paint your arm. YOU SHOW UP & SHOW OUT... 11,132 strong vs BC today. THIS PLACE IS SPECIAL.. # pic.twitter.com/ekJmC7dLgb— Sam Purcell (@coachsampurcell) February 25, 2019