It might not be accurate to say Louisville could beat Pitt with two hands tied behind their back but today they proved that they could do it with two starters on the bench. After sustaining injuries in the Georgia Tech game last Thursday, both Dana Evans and Elizabeth Balogun sat out this game. Pitt kept things close in the first quarter, respectable in the second, but things fell apart for them in the third. Louisville outscored them 24-5 in that quarter and Pitt never recovered.
Kylee Shook had yet another double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds to which she added 5 blocked shots. Yacine Diop returned to her old school and had a great all-around game with 15 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals. Jasmine Jones had 12 points. Bionca Dunham had 10 points.
After the game Coach Walz spoke with Nick Curran and said, “I challenged our seniors and I told them with the situation we have with Dana and Elizabeth out that we were going to need them to step up and play like seniors.” After running down their stats he said, “You couldn’t have asked for much more from them.”
He talked about playing zone to keep people out of foul trouble and he said, “Bionca is so vocal on the floor. She leads everything out there. Really, really excited for her just to see the growth. From a young woman who will tell you we were the only Division I scholarship offer she had out of high school....We saw a lot of potential in her.” He added, “We take pride in what we can do developing players. You have to want to work at it and she did.”
He also praised Mykasa Robinson’s play as she stepped in for Dana. “Mykasa did a great job of getting the ball up the floor quick without the dribble. It was on the pass and that’s something that I’ll show Dana too. The ball moves faster in the air than bouncing the thing.”
Next up the Cards take on Boston College in the Yum Center. Coach Walz said, “Boston College is good. They’ll come in with a game plan and hopefully we’ll have everyone back and healthy but if not you’ve just got to roll with the ones you’ve got.” The game is at 6PM on the ACC Network.