A few minutes into the game the Louisville was up only 9-7. Louisville allowed only 1 basket from North Carolina A&T from the 7:24 mark until a layup with 4 seconds left in the quarter. At that point the score was 29-13 and the Cards were comfortably in control.
Ten Cards scored today with Jayda Curry leading both teams with 12. She also had 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 6 steals. Both Kiki Jefferson and Merissah Russell had 11 points apiece. Eylia “LeLe” Love had her second double-double of the season with 10 points and rebounds respectively
Coach Walz said, “The first half of basketball was as good as we’ve played all season. The way we passed the ball, shared it, moved without the ball,,,, it was a fun half to watch.”
Kiki said, “We always know we’re going to get team’s best shot we just wanted to do what we do. Being able to play in front of our home crowd gave us a little bit more energy.” Jayda added, “We focused on pressuring them. They turn it over quite a bit and that was our goal with them was to get points off turnovers.... off their turnovers we had 43 points.”
There were some very hard fouls and choppiness and Kiki said, “When the game does get physical like that we have to be smart because we have a whole season.” Jayda said, “We didn’t have any techs and we kept our heads and finished the game out.” Coach Walz said, “I just told them make sure you play the game the right way. It was a physical game from both sides. If you block a shot I don’t need you talking. Block a shot and play on.”
Everyone praised Lele Love’s game today. Kiki said, “Her defense is what turns games around. I know when Lele is guarding the ball it’s hard to get by her.” Jayda said, “Love her. Love the energy she brings, the physicality she brings, the attitude she brings... she’s a baller. We love having her on our team for sure.” Coach Walz said, “She brings great energy now I just need to get her to buy in to take the next step. Take the next step of understanding spacing, understanding when to go for a steal....you can’t go for it every time.”
Next up the Cards meet rival Kentucky at the Yum Center on Sunday the 10th at 2PM. The game can be seen on the ACC Network. Coach Walz said, “Hopefully we can get 12-13,000 out to make it a great environment.”