Moore, please! Freshman nails six three in WBB win
Although Jeff Walz was visibly not overly thrilled with Louisville's second half performance against MAC Conference member Ball State Sunday afternoon...he had to be happy with Mariya Moore's 6-9 three point shooting and 22 points in Louisville's 69-56 win.
Louisville took an early lead on a Bria Smith jumper...but the Cardinals from the MAC wouldn't go away and tied the score five minutes into the contest at 9-9 on a Shelby Merder layup.
That brought Shawnta' Dyer off the bench for Myshia Hines-Allen and the senior responded to help the Cards go on a 8-0 run to lead 17-9 after Smith knocked down another mid-range jumper with 12 minutes left in the half.
Ball State would make a run a Louisville with seven minutes left in the first twenty...Jill Morrison's three cutting the UofL lead to 26-21. Moore caught on fire for Walz's troops...hitting three threes in the last four minutes to help Louisville take a 38-27 advantage to the locker room.
Ball State came out with intent and purpose to start the final twenty minutes and cut Louisville's lead to 40-38...and 11-2 run that saw BSU scoring inside and getting fouled. These northern Cardinals were hitting the free throws, too.
A technical on BSU head coach Brady Sallee, disputing a steal by Sherrone Vails that he saw as a foul, put Moore on the free throw line and she calmly sank both. Eight seconds later Moore nailed her fifth three and UofL was up by seven with 14 minutes left.
Moore's last three came with 10:53 left in the game to give Louisville a 54-42 lead. Ball State came after the Cards one more time...their 7-0 run over the next two minutes made it 54-49.
Walz went to the bench again, reinserting Sara Hammond and bringing Arica Carter and Emmonnie Henderson off the bench. They responded with a 6-0 run..."E" getting five of the points...and it was 60-49 with five minutes to go.
A Hines-Allen jumper sealed it with 1:26 on the clock...the
Cards taking a 68-54 lead...and the Lou. Cards prevailed as the clock reach 00:00...with the scoreboard showing 69-56.
Moore led all scorers with her 22, Hines-Allen was the other double figure producer with 14. Bria, Shawnta' and "E" ended with seven, Sara and Jude tacked on four, Megan added three and Sherrone had a free throw. Arica and Ariana played but did not score. Jude had six assists and Sara grabbed seven boards to lead UofL in those areas.
Things we liked:
-How about the freshmen? Moore and Hines-Allen had 36 of the Cards 69 points.
-Louisville forced 34 Ball State turnovers and allowed just 35 Ball State shots.
- "E" played strong off the bench in the finals six minutes...going 3 for 4 from the floor and grabbing three boards.
Things to work on:
-11-25 from the free throw lines is going to come back and "bite the Cards on the butt" (per Coach Walz) if it happens against a top 25 opponent.
- Louisville was 0-8 from trifecta land if you take Moore's out of the numbers. Jude Schimmel 0-4 is bothersome...
- Too many missed shots inside...contributing to 38.8% from the field for the Cards.
- Too many easy shots allowed in the paint. Where's the interior defense? The full court pressure is intense...but Ball State made nine layups against Louisville.
The Cards have a quick turnaround...dangerous WKU comes to town Tuesday. They fell in the finals of the WNIT today to Mississippi St. 88-77.
Volleyball takes UNC to four sets
Louisville Volleyball fell in four sets Sunday afternoon to #7 UNC...but the Cards did not go down without a fight.
25-21, 20-25, 27-25, 26-24...which is encouraging in the fact that the Cards did win one of the sets and forced extra volleys in two of them.
Tess Clark and Katie George had 16 kills for Louisville and Maya McClendon added 15 for the Cards...who now stand at 15-14 overall and 7-10 in the ACC. Janelle Jenkins produced 11 kills and Laura Blab delivered 10. All of them return next season for Anne Kordes...which bodes hope for the future.
Seniors Tara Gowan and Courtney Robison were honored for their Cardinal service
Louisville ends the season with Pitt visiting Weds. night.