Women’s basketball defeats Murray State 76-40 Saturday, Nov 9 2019 

By Mariam Prieto and Gabriel Wiest–

Louisville won  76-40 against Murray State in their second game of the season at the KFC Yum! Center on Nov. 8.

Coming off of a win against Western Kentucky, No. 9 Louisville secured another win against an in-state team. These state wins early in the season could foreshadow in-state dominance for the Cardinals. Louisville’s deep roster contributed to the big win, Murray could not match the strength of Louisville’s players.

The first half saw an aggressive start. During the first two minutes of the game, Louisville made it to the scoreboard first. Murray did not make it on the scoreboard until the last three minutes in the first quarter. Louisville ended the first quarter leading 16-4.

The second quarter saw the biggest play of the game, with back-to-back scores by junior Dana Evans. Evans forced a turnover after scoring a three, following up with a lay up. The first half ended with the Cards almost tripling Murray’s score 38-13.

The second half saw the Racers play with a more aggressive offense. They tripled their score, but were not fast enough for the Cardinals. The Cards made two layups made in less than 25 seconds. The first was a second chance layup made by senior Kylee Shook, and the second made by freshman Norika Konno.

Senior Jazmine Jones led the offense with 14 points and two assist, alongside Shook with 13 points and one assist. Shook led the defense with sophomore Seygan Robins and freshman Bionca Dunham, each finishing the game with seven stops. Louisville finished with 21 turnovers, while Murray finished with 24.

Against major teams, having over 20 turnovers would do significant damage against Louisville. Murray State was not able to make points off of turnovers, however, top 25 teams would have taken advantage of this. The Cardinals will look to bring turnovers down before competition rises further down the schedule.

Without a heavy scorer like Asia Durr, who graduated last year, the Cardinals came together collectively to secure the win. Four players including Evans, Shook, Jones and sophomore Elizabeth Balogun entered double digits during the game. This possibly shows that scoring will be more of a group effort during the new season as opposed to in the past.

Head coach Jeff Walz commented on the team’s performance, “We aren’t playing as good as I know we can, which is a good thing.” He added, “We got to get [turnovers] down to around 11 or 12, and we had 11 turnovers in the first quarter.”

Louisville will be back in action against Central Michigan University on Nov. 14 at the KFC Yum! Center at 6 p.m.

Photo by Gabriel Wiest // The Louisville Cardinal

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Women’s basketball slams WKU 75-56 Thursday, Nov 7 2019 

By Ben Goldberger–
The women’s basketball lived up to expectations in the first game of the season, beating the unranked Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers 75-56 Tuesday, November 8th at home. Junior Guard Dana Evans led the team with 19 points and played for all but eight minutes of the game.

Sophomore Forward Elizabeth Dixon also had a great showing, recording a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.

The No. 9 Cards collectively recorded 22 assists, more than three times as many the Hilltoppers recorded seven. This effort was mostly led by Jazmine Jones who recorded 10 assists along with eight points and rebounds. While coming off of the bench, freshman Norika Konno tallied nine points in 26 minutes of play.

First Half
Louisville jumped to a quick lead against WKU in the first quarter, shooting just under 70 percent from the field, including knocking down three of four 3-point shots. This was the best shooting percentage the Cards had the whole game, shooting a measly 33 percent in the second quarter.

Jones was responsible for seven out of the nine baskets made by the Cards in the first quarter, recording six assists and two points. All of the nine first quarter baskets came off of assists.

Sophomore guard Elizabeth Balogun was on fire in the first quarter, hitting all three 3-point shots attempted. She went on to go 4-4 in the first half and 5-6 for the whole game.

Louisville finished the first half with a comfortable nine point lead over WKU at 34-25.

Second Half
The Cards then scored 21 points, yet the Hilltoppers scored 18 points, more than any other quarter. This was mostly related to sloppy defense, forfeiting 10 free throw shot attempts in the third quarter alone. The Hilltoppers capitalized on this by scoring six points off of free throws.

On the contrary, Louisville only got one free throw shot, with Evans knocking down the sole attempt of the quarter.
Evans recorded eight points in the third quarter and 15 in the second half. She made four three-pointers in the second half, elevating the Cards to a comfortable lead.

Konno made her presence felt in the fourth quarter, recording five points and, including an and-1, an assist and a rebound. She had a very productive showing coming off of the bench, outscoring Jazmine Jones by one point.

The Cards host the Central Michigan Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. in the KFC Yum! Center.

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