Louisville came out hot and jumped out to a 14-0 lead with Pitt scoring their first points midway through the quarter. However Pitt turned things around and closed the gap and with two minutes left to go in the half the Cards’ lead had shrunk to 2. Louisville was up 6 going into the TV timeout in the 3rd quarter but went on a little run to be up 10 going into the final quarter. Pitt got in some foul trouble and from that point it was all Louisville. The Cards outscored the Panthers 26-6 in the final quarter.
Sydney Taylor led all scorers with 13 to which she added 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Nyla Harris had 8 points and 6 rebounds. Kiki Jefferson had 10 points but 6 of those were in the 4th quarter and helped fuel the run that put the game out of reach.
Coach Walz said, “It’s a game where you’re going to look at the score if you didn’t watch the game and you’re gonna go ‘man they beat them by 30.’ It was not a 30-point game. We came out against their zone and executed extremely well. We got every good-looking shot we wanted and we knocked them down... they switched to man and we got a little careless with the basketball.” However he “thought we defended really well the entire game. We really did a nice job making things difficult for them so even when we went into our lulls at the offensive end we weren’t allowing them to get going. That’s what you have to do.”
The Cards had 20 assists and 13 turnovers. Coach Walz said, “I told them we shot 52% from the field. When we get each other shots, when we play aggressive, and move the ball good things happen.”
He praised Jayda Curry’s performance, “Jayda Curry 2 of 5 [9 points], 3 assists, 0 turnovers, came up with 2 steals... that’s the type of effort we’ve got to continue to get from her because she can bring that for us.”
Next up the Cards play Wake Forest in the Yum Center. The game is at 2PM and can be seen on the ACC Network. The program’s 1000th win will be celebrated and it’s been hinted that there will be lots of special guests in attendance.