UofL BASKETBALL | Louisville Women win big over Belmont in home opener
11/13/2016 04:42 PM
The University of Louisville Women’s basketball team started the season with a win on the road, so Sunday’s 73-50 win over Belmont at the KFC Yum! Center was Cardinal fans’ first chance to see the team in person.
The team did not disappoint. Louisville jumped out to a 47-25 lead at the half thanks to lights out shooting by sophomore guard Asia Durr. Durr netted her game-high 18 points all within the first two quarters. In total, Durr four 3-pointers, was 7-of-12 from the field, and added three assists and one rebound to her final stat line.
Freshman Ciera Johnson matched Durr in points, going 6-of-7 on high percentage shots, but the 6’4” post player failed to grab a single rebound. The team as a whole lost the rebound battle 52-32 to the Bruins. U of L only had four offensive rebounds the entire game, which Jeff Walz called a lack of effort after the game.
Junior forward Mariya Moore was the only other Cardinal to finish with double-digit scoring. Moore was 6-of-8 from the field for 13 points to go with five rebounds, and a game high six assists. She was one of nine Cards to score in the victory. Jeff Walz went to his bench early and often, and after the game said this year’s team has the benefit of having a very deep roster. 13 of Louisville’s 15 players played at least seven minutes against Belmont, the two athletes to not play were senior Cortnee Walton and junior Arica Carter who sat out due to injury.
Myisha Hines-Allen saw a far more limited role than fans are accustomed to. The sophomore forward played only 15 minutes, registered four points, and eight rebounds. Despite a strong rebounding performance, Walz said she was not having her best night, and with his team having a comfortable lead, it was a chance to give valuable playing time to his less experienced players. Hines-Allen needs one more point to pass the 1,000 point mark in her career.
The Cardinals are now 2-0 to start the 2016-17 season, and have three days to recover before taking on Middle Tennessee State on Wednesday night. That game is in Murfreesboro, TN at 7:30pm ET.
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