With Beatrice Mompremier, Miami’s leading scorer, out with an injury Louisville held the Canes to 0% shooting from the field in the first quarter. It didn’t take a master statistician to know if they kept that up for the entire game then the Cards had a decent chance of winning. Alas, the Cards were unable to maintain that level of defensive intensity and Miami finished the game with a field goal percentage of 20.3. However, that was still enough to produce a solid victory.
After the game Coach Walz told Nick Curran, “It was one of the best ball games that we played this year. It all started with us following the scouting report....We rebounded the ball. That first half they ended up 3 for 26 from the field and they only had three offensive rebounds. They had plenty of opportunities, but we did a great job.”
Kylee Shook set the tone by dominating on both ends of the floor in the first quarter. She finished the game with 14 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Dana Evans had 16 points. Yacine Diop came off the bench to add 15 points and 4 assists. Coach Walz said, “I thought Bionca [Dunham] did a really nice job. I told her in the locker room there that she ran the floor so hard that she drew one to two people every time because we’re pushing it which allowed our guards to get wide open shots. There’s a lot of things you don’t see in the box score. I told her that. I said, ‘hey the average fan that only looks at how many points someone scores and has no idea what you did tonight.’”
He also praised Mykasa Robinson. “She had 7 assists. I’m really happy for her. I’m proud of her. I basically told her that her shot was broke. She got in the gym. She took it personal. She’s been working her tail off on it, and it’s showing up.” He added, “There are a lot of players out there that really don’t want the truth. I’m really not the person to play for if you don’t want the truth, and she embraced it.”
He finished with, “Really, really pleased with the way we played. It was a great team win...We were very efficient. We were unselfish with the basketball—25 assists on 35 made field goals. That’s pretty darn good.”
Next up the Cards come back home to play Wake Forest on Sunday, January 12th. The game is at 2PM and can seen on ACC Network Extra.