No 2 Louisville Falls to No 20 Miami

No 2 Louisville Falls to No 20 Miami

first_img Postgame Walz Video Photo Gallery Durr/Shook Postgame Video LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Second-ranked Louisville women’s basketball (23-2, 10-2) dropped its first home game of the season to No. 20 Miami, 79-73. The Hurricanes (22-5, 10-2) shot 67 percent from the field in the second half.The loss ends an 18-game winning streak at the KFC Yum! Center for the Cardinals.Senior Asia Durr led UofL in scoring with 16 points while sophomore Dana Evans pitched in 14 points. Junior Kylee Shook added 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from 3-point range, while grabbing six boards. Junior Bionca Dunham had 12 points on 6-7 shooting, while adding eight rebounds.The Cardinals shot 31 percent in the second half. Head coach Jeff Walz gave credit to the Hurricanes following the loss.”Defensively, they did a really nice job of scheming … Katie (Meier) is one of the best coaches in our league,” Walz said. “They challenged our shooters to shoot and I’ve got to give her credit. And she stuck with it the entire game.”The Cardinals couldn’t get any separation on the scoreboard in the first quarter until back-to-back threes from Evans and Shook. Dunham’s hot shooting, 5-for-5 from the field, kept the Cards afloat.Louisville kicked off the second quarter sinking a shot just before a shot clock violation on consecutive possessions. UofL led by 11 for most of the quarter, but Miami hit 6-of-7 shots to trim the lead to 31-26.The Cardinals forced 10 turnovers in the first half, helping them to an eight-point lead at the break.Miami started the third quarter on a 6-0 run, putting the pressure on Louisville. The Cardinals started 1-of-10 from the field.The Hurricanes kept answering the Cardinals down the stretch of the third quarter, tying the game twice. Shook buried a pair of threes in the final 56 seconds to give Louisville a 51-47 lead heading into the final quarter.Miami’s Laura Cornellius’ made 3-pointer cut the Louisville lead to one with 6:26 to play. Evans didn’t hesitate to answer, draining a three of her own on the following possession. Evans continued her timely shooting, knocking down another three when Miami tied the game with 4:42 remaining.Louisville forced Miami deep into the shot clock, but the Hurricanes’ Emese Hof finished at the rim to give them a 70-68 lead with under 90 seconds to play. The Cardinals couldn’t get a stop and conversion in the final minute, leading to Miami icing the game at the free throw line.Despite the loss, Walz sees no issue for the team bouncing back.”We aren’t used to losing. We’re 59-5 in the past 64 ball games, so this is a team that’s not used to losing. I feel pretty confident that we’re going to come back,” Walz said.The Cardinals travel to Virginia (10-14, 4-7) Thursday, Feb. 21. Louisville returns home Sunday, Feb. 24 against Boston College (14-12, 3-10). Print Friendly Version Highlights Box Score (PDF) Story Linkslast_img

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