No. 7 Cardinals soar past the Hurricanes 87-41 Tuesday, Jan 14 2020 

By Cole Emery —

The Louisville women’s basketball team flew right past the Hurricanes in a dominating fashion 87-41 Jan. 9 at the Watsco Center.

This Louisville squad handed Miami their worst loss in 13 years, when Miami lost to then No. 1 Maryland 111-53 in 2007.

Miami didn’t have their top player, senior Beatrice Mompremier, a 6-foot-4 player averaging 16.3 points and 10.4 rebounds for the second straight game with a foot injury.

The Cardinals started off the game with a 9-0 run as senior Kylee Shook scored seven of the nine points and assisted the other basket. “Personally, I felt like I needed to go out and be aggressive,” Shook said.

Even though the first quarter was the lowest scoring quarter of the game for Louisville (15-1, 4-0), they forced Miami (9-6, 1-3) to miss their first 16 shots of the game.

Louisville took a substantial 37-16 lead going into halftime.

After a rough first half, Miami continued to struggle without ever really finding a rhythm while Louisville kept their foot on the gas pedal.

Even though the Cardinals handled the Hurricanes like a breeze, Coach Jeff Walz admitted this was a chance win. “We aren’t going to have too many of these 87-41 games, in my opinion,”  Walz said.

Shook finished the game all across the box score with 14 points, eight rebounds, two assists, three blocks and a steal. Junior Dana Evans finished with 16 points, five rebounds and three assists.

As a team, the Cardinals shot 56 percent from the field on the game compared to 20 percent field goal shooting from the Hurricanes. Louisville also grabbed 49 rebounds while Miami only acquired 33 rebounds.

This victory marks Louisville as the only team in the ACC without a loss in conference. (When will they play again?)

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No. 7 Louisville rolled past Clemson in ACC bout Friday, Jan 3 2020 

By Cole Emery–

The Cardinals defeated Clemson 75-50 in their away ACC matchup at the Littlejohn Coliseum. 

Sophomore Elizabeth Balogun led the offensive charge for the Cards in the first quarter with effective shooting from the field and beyond the arc. Stout defensive play allowed Louisville (13-1, 2-0) to secure a double digit lead early in the game.

The second quarter opened up with a three point make by junior Dana Evans. Evans, who was coming off a poor performance against Syracuse, scored more effectively against Clemson. She hit four three-pointers in the second quarter alone.

The second half offered more effective shooting and defense from the Cards. Clemson (5-9, 1-2) outscored the Cards in the fourth quarter, but it was too late and not enough to make a difference.

Even though Clemson won the rebound battle for the evening, the Cardinals’ ability to shoot beyond the arc was too powerful of a weapon. Louisville converted 39% of their three-point shots, making 12 of them overall. 

Louisville was more effective as a passing team, racking up 14 team assists compared to only four team assists by Clemson. The Cards were also a force to be reckoned with on defense, fighting their way for eight steals and seven blocks.

Evans finished the game for the Cards with 27 points, four assists and three rebounds. Balogun put up 15 points, five rebounds, three assists and five blocks. 

Louisville will be facing off against the Duke Blue Devils at the KFC Yum! Center, Jan. 5 at 2:00 p.m.

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