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Louisville Loses to UConn 86-62

NCAA Womens Basketball: Louisville at Connecticut David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

This game was definitely a tale of two halves. In the first quarter Louisville played Connecticut toe to toe until Kiki Jefferson picked up her second foul and then they went on a run. With Kiki back on the floor the Cards were able to cut down the deficit to just four points at the half. However in the second half the Huskies held Kiki to only 5 points and the wheels came off the bus pretty quickly for the Cards. Louisville was outscored 19-9 in the third quarter and never recovered.

Kiki led Louisville in scoring with 19 and had 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Sydney Taylor had 13 points. Olivia Cochran had 12 points and 6 rebounds. The team had 19 turnovers.

As expected Coach Walz was unhappy after the loss. “It was a very, very poor performance in the second half... We got slapped in the face at the start of the second half and did not respond. I talked to the kids at halftime about what to expect. I told them you’re going to get different energy in the second half because they’re coming at you and unfortunately we did not answer the bell. I’ve got to get that fixed in a hurry.”

He said his team’s main issues start at the defensive end, “Our defense is just atrocious. That’s been our problem all year and until we can figure out a way to actually get down and guard somebody you’re going to struggle. If you’ve got to bank on shooting 55% every night to even have a chance to win it’s not a good recipe for success.”

He was please “I was proud of Kiki. I was proud of her and O... When O got it in rhythm she did well.” However he said that for a lot of the transfers this type of game is a “different level.” “I know they’ve played four years at a place but they’re like freshman here... experienced freshmen. But they’re not experienced in big games yet.”

Next up the Cards have another tough test this Wednesday against Washington. The game is at the Yum Center at 7PM. Coach Walz said, “I hope we get a huge turnout for that game because it’s going to be a big game for us going into the break.” The game can be seen on the ACC Network.