Pitt came into this game with only 3 wins on the season. As expected, Pitt finished this game with only 3 wins on the season.
The Panthers held the lead for a few minutes into the game, but by the time halftime rolled around the Cards had taken a 41-24 lead. Louisville has had a bad habit this season of disappearing in the third quarter. but this afternoon they grew the lead and remained relatively focused despite their huge advantage.
After the game Coach Walz said, “We played really, really unselfish. We passed the ball extremely well. Defensively we were pretty good at making them take shots we wanted them to take.” He added, “Just to have six players in double figures and your highest scorer is 12 that’s pretty consistent.” Kylee Shook, Dana Evans, Elizabeth Balogun, and Bionca Dunham all had 12 points apiece. Jazmine Jones had 11. Liz Dixon ended up with 10.
A lot of Bionca’s points came off of shorts jumpers. Coach Walz said, “She’s changed a lot of scouting reports. It used to be make her shoot it at the free throw line— give her that shot. Now she’s worked so hard at her game that she’s pretty darn consistent from 15 to 18 feet.” Bionca said, “I don’t really focus too much on offense. I let it come to me. My teammates find me when they can and tonight was one of them nights.” On her jumper she said, “A lot of teams can’t sag off now. If I come high up to the high post they have to come up and then Kylee Shook or Liz Dixon can go to work in the post.”
Mykasa Robinson talked about how the team is coming together. “I think our team chemistry is really building really well. I think we’re all knowing what each other’s good at.” Bionca said, “A lot of new faces are trying to put it together, but I feel like everything is coming along good. I feel like we’re in a good space right now.”
This Thursday the Cards travel up to South Bend to play a struggling Notre Dame (7-13 and second to last in the ACC). However, Coach Walz said, “I don’t care what the scores have been the last games they’ve played...when we go up to Notre Dame it’s always a game.” The game will be on ESPN/ESPN2 at 7PM.
And lastly, RIP Kobe, his daughter Gianna, and all the other people whose lives were tragically cut short in that helicopter crash today: