Dana Evans played her final game in the KFC Yum Center and her team managed to send her out with a win. The Cards fell behind in the first quarter and took the lead going into halftime. Thanks to a monster third quarter by Kianna Smith (13 of her 21 points) Louisville started to pull away but Georgia Tech battled back and never quite felt out of the reach. Still the Cards were able to win 85-70.
Dana led all scorers with 25. She also had 6 assists and 0 turnovers. She also passed Angel McCoughtrey for most double digit performances. Liz Dixon had 13 points and 9 rebounds and 3 blocked shots.
After the game Kianna talked about Dana: “Dana is our only senior and she’s the only one who’s been to a Final Four and she’s played in a lot of big games so a lot of us look up to her. She’s our leader. And for me she’s challenged me every day in practice. I think I’ve gotten a lot better my two years here just playing with and against her in practice.”
Coach Walz said, “When you can send seniors out with a win it’s pretty special.” He added, “I was really proud of her. Just what a game. What a way to finish it.... She has really had an unbelievable career. She’s trusted the process. She’s been frustrated at times... but really, really continued to develop and to grow.... She’s put the work in and it’s been fun to watch.”
As for Dana she said, “I was just so emotional because of all the hard work that paid off and just remember how much of a struggle it was just coming here as a freshman... and figuring myself out and how much I’ve matured and grown as a person. I’m not even talking about on the basketball court. I just think that makes me really excited just knowing I still have room for improvement.”
.@CoachJeffWalz's daughter singing the national anthem is the cutest thing you'll see today— ACC Network (@accnetwork) February 12, 2021
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Next up the Cards travel to Syracuse on Sunday. The game is at 1PM and can be seen on ESPN2.