FAST START SENDS CARDS TO EASY WIN
Louisville's women's basketball team jumped out to a 21-0 lead and led 29-2 with 1:22 left in the first quarter...giving the Cards a insurmountable advantage in the 43-point win over Tennessee-Martin a the Skyhawk Center Friday night.
It was all hands on deck for Louisville...Walz playing 10 players in the first quarter, nine of them scoring and Louisville forcing 13 turnovers in the 10 minutes...while shooting 70.6%...to hold a 31-7 first quarter edge.
Did Lamar Jackson sneak out there while no one was looking? Louisville was running over, past and through the Skyhawks in "Lamarvelous" fashion.
|YIKES! THE SKYHAWK UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL...|
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With a starting lineup of Mariya Moore, Myisha Hines-Allen, Ciera Johnson, Durr and Taylor Johnson...the Cards applied the pressure, ran up and down the court with virtually no defense on them and did pretty much whatever they wanted in the first quarter. When the Skyhawks finally got on the board with 3:57 left in the first quarter..a mock cheer erupted from the 3351 in attendance.
As UTM coach Kevin McMillian stated in his post-game presser:
"It's a shame we couldn't have played this one in December...because we were nowhere ready to handle a team like this."
Having two starters out didn't help the OVC squad
|COACH McMILLAN tries to explain what happened.|
Asia Durr decided to make the third quarter hers. The sophomore sank five treys in the ten minutes and when she did miss...Hines-Allen was there to stick it back in. The scoreboard read 84-39 after three and honestly...it wasn't even that close.
As you might expect, the final period was turned over over to Louisville's non-starters and Kylee Shook responded with six points and a couple of grabs. Jessica Laemmle added a basket and a couple of free throws and the Cards coasted home to the win.
Asia Durr led all scorers with 24 points...Briahanna Jackson ended with 13 and Hines-Allen had 12. A total of 12 Cards played and 11 scored...(actually Brianna Jones hit a three but it was over-ruled by the officials.
Having Jessy Ward and Shy Copely out for the Skyhawks was honestly a big disadvantage for them...but the way Louisville came out fast, furious and focused...you probably could have played them along with the five who started for UT-Martin and not slowed the Cards down significantly.
THINGS WE LIKED
-- Open the Durr. Sorry about the pun...but when Asia Durr gets an open look...the ball is going to go through the hoop. 7 for 13 from beyond the arc! Last we heard, she hit a couple more at the rest stop during the Cards trip home.
-- Get your turnovers here. Louisville forced 32 in the game. Eight Cards had steals. I even checked to make sure I had my cell phone when I left the arena. Nice job of pilfering, Cards.
-- Snuck in there. The Cards went 17-24 from the foul line. That's 70.8% and our mandate is 70%. Special kudos to Fuehring (5-6) and Mariya (4-5).
THINGS THAT NEED WORK
-- Freshmen Foul Club. Zambrotta, Shook and Dunham had four fouls each in a combined court time of 38 minutes. UT Martin went 15-21 from the charity stripe. For 71%.
-- Two rough quarters. If you take away the first and third quarter...Louisville loses this game 35-34. Consistency still a quest. Sure, a lot of combinations and players out there...but 40 minutes of full effort is needed.
All in all, a great trip and opening win for UofL. A fantastic start did the trick.