Cards Falter at Home to NC State
The Wolfpack had four players in double figures. They were highlighted by a perfect 12-12 from the charity stripe. NC State struggled from three-point range, but dominated in the post with 36 points in the paint.
The two foes were neck-and-neck in the first quarter. Louisville pulled ahead by four midway through the quarter following a three by Evans and a layup by Olivia Cochran. Raina Perez found an open look in the corner shortly before the buzzer to tie the score at 18.
Louisville cut the deficit to two right out of the gate after halftime. But every time Louisville tried to close in further, NC State had an answer. The Cards saw their deficit increase to 10 at one point, but the raced back to go down three after a three-pointer by Evans. Jada Boyd knocked in a short jumper with 27 seconds remaining to push the Wolfpack lead up to five heading into the final quarter.
Evans added two rebounds and two steals to go with her 29 points, but she was plagued with three turnovers and just one assist. Cochran and Smith each had eight points while Cochran also added nine rebounds. Liz Dixon hauled in seven rebounds to go along with four blocks.
|We bring out the Fred Gwynne |
(Herman Munster) for the feeling
after this one...
I have that not so pleasurable task of doing a F-R-E-D Report following the first loss of the season. Oh joy...
FREE THROWS - Dana Evans saved the Cards on this going 4-4. Elizabeth Balogun was the only other Louisville player to attempt a free throw, making two of her four. A 6-8 mark puts the Cards at 75%, above our 70% mark. Even though NC State was 12-12, the Cards' mark is enough to earn a capital "F".
REBOUNDING - The Cards were outrebounded 44-29. The -15 margin is the worst on the year. Louisville had just six offensive rebounds. The Louisville bigs combined for 16 rebounds. NC State managed 13 offensive boards and converted it into 11 second chance points. No letter here.
EFFORT/EXECUTION - Shooting 38.3% from the field is pretty ugly for this Louisville offense. Their turnover-assist ratio was abysmal with 13 turnovers to six assists. Second chance points were rare and the Cards were doubled up on in points in the paint. The one semi-plus is that the bench contributed six steals (four by Mykasa Robinson and two by Balogun). Still, the struggle was real with efficiency. Once again, no letter.
DEFENSE - The Cards surrendered 74 points in the game and it seemed to get worse by quarter. The Wolfpack shot 43.8% from the field and the free throw defense was nonexistent. The Cards were bullied all night in the post. Had the defense held true Louisville may have had a fighting chance. For the third time in our report we see an absence of a letter.
FINAL FRED TALLY:
Ouch. But that's what happens when you lose.
The Cards drop to 16-1 on the year but still hold the top spot in the ACC at 9-1. NC State improves to 12-1. They hold the second spot in the conference with a 7-1 mark.
The Cards hit the road for a Thursday game at Boston College at 8:00 p.m., and then will return home next weekend.
Happy Tuesday and Go Cards!