UofL BASKETBALL | Women's team falls to no. 5 Maryland in back and forth contest

12/01/2016 10:09 PM

It was everything you want in a top-10 contest. The no. 7 Louisville Women’s basketball team faced the no. 5 Maryland Terrapins in a game that featured 10 lead changes, clutch shots, and it was a game that went down to the final minutes. Ultimately it was the visiting Terrapins that took home the victory in the KFC Yum! Center, beating U of L 78-72 in the Big 10 / ACC showdown.

It was a fantastic game, but Louisville coach Jeff Walz stole the show with his post-game press conference. He was openly critical of his player’s effort, his own ability to inspire them, and the developmental leagues that he feels are robbing players of motivation.

Louisville controlled the first quarter of the game, jumping out to a 24-20 lead in the first 10 minutes. But Maryland would outscore the home team for the next two quarters thanks to incredible performances by star center Brionna Jones who finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds, and senior guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough who scored a game-high 26 points.

U of L was down nine points entering the final period, and eventually climbed back to a two-point lead with three minutes left on the game clock. But costly fouls, poor execution on defense, and forced shots from the Cardinals let Maryland back the lead and ice the game under the one minute mark.

For Louisville, sophomore guard Asia Durr was the leading scorer. She netted 20 points to go with seven rebounds. Senior forward Cortnee Walton led the team in rebounding with nine. Juniors Myisha Hines-Allen and Mariya Moore each scored in double figures.

This was the second loss in a row for U of L, both of them coming to teams ranked in the top-5. It drops their record to 6-2, and they must now prepare for no. 17 Kentucky on Sunday.

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