The Louisville coaches have always raved about how strong Dana Evans is in the weight room, and it’s a good thing because she had to carry her team tonight. She had a game high 27 points and every time Boston College seemed like they were going to make a run at the Cards she seemed to drain a shot that took a little of the wind out of their sails. The Eagles cut a double digit lead to six in the third quarter but would get no closer.
Dana Evans was 8 of 14 from the field and 7 of 10 from the 3-point line. The Cards also had three players with 12 points apiece— Kylee Shook, Jazmine Jones, and Yacine Diop. Jazmine also had 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Bionca Dunham sat out this game to heal up from some minor nagging injuries.
After the game Coach Walz spoke with Nick Curran and said, “We’ll take the win. When you go on the road you’ve got to figure out ways to win. I thought offensively we really did some nice things....but defensively boy we took a few steps backwards.” He did note the absence of Bionca affected the defense, “She leads. She directs. Obviously it’s a challenge when she’s not out there for us but we have to have others step up.”
He added, “I thought we shot the ball well. We turned it over too much in the first quarter which was a problem.” However, he also said, “I was never concerned about winning or losing this ball game tonight. I felt comfortable. I thought we really controlled it. But we could never put it away....We could never get it to 20...because we’d have breakdowns at the defensive end.”
Next up the Cards take on North Carolina on the road. Coach Walz said, “It’s going to be an exciting ball game. Courtney [UNC Coach Banghart], I work with her on USA Basketball, [she] does a great job. She’s really got them playing well. They’re playing with a lot of passion. It’s going to be a good ball game. Right now we’re sitting atop the league at 6-0 so we’ve got to continue to try to figure out a way to create space and put a few games between some people. This will be a big one on Sunday.” The game is at 1PM and can be seen on ESPN2.