Feb. 26, 2011
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Coach Walz's press conference
Louisville, Ky. -
Overcoming some early mistakes, the University of Louisville women's basketball defeated Seton Hall University 59-49 on Saturday afternoon in the KFC Yum! Center. The win extends the Cardinals' winning streak to three games, as a crowd of 9,875 came out for Senior Day.
Louisville improves to 19-10 overall and 10-5 in the BIG EAST. Junior Monique Reid led three Cardinals in double figures with 16 points. Senior Keshia Hines finished her final home game with 12 points and 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season. Becky Burke finished with 10 points.
Seton Hall falls to 8-20 overall and 1-14 in the BIG EAST. The Pirates were led in scoring by Jazzmine Johnson with 19 points. Tajay Ashmeade recorded a double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds.
The Cardinals got off to a sluggish start, as the Pirates opened up with a 6-2 lead in the first four minutes of the half. After Hines scored in the first minute of the game, Louisville was held scoreless for almost four minutes before Gibbs knocked down a shot to end the drought.
Gibbs' basketball sparked a 7-0 Cardinal run, taking the lead for the first time at 9-6. The Cards held the Pirates scoreless for four minutes until a basket by Ashmeade ended the streak at the 12:22 mark.
For about five minutes both teams traded baskets until the Cards used a 6-0 run to go ahead 21-12, for their largest lead of the half. During that run, Hines knocked down her first career 3-pointer on her first career attempt.
Ashmeade led the Pirates as she scored four of Seton Hall's last eight points to get them within four 25-21 with 1:34 left in the half. Reid converted a three-point play with 21 seconds left to give the Cards' a 28-21 lead at the break.
The Cardinals finished the half shooting 43.5 percent from the floor and 28.6 percent from beyond the arc. The Pirates shot 33.3 percent from the floor and 20.0 percent from beyond the arc. Seton Hall held a 19-15 rebounding edge.
Louisville broke open a 10-point lead to start the second half behind two baskets from Hines. The Pirates scored on the next possession and the Cards responded with a 7-0 run over the next three minutes for a 41-26 lead.
The Cardinals broke open the game midway through the second half as a basket from Asia Taylor gave Louisville a 20-point lead at 50-30 with 9:43 remaining in the game. A 3-pointer from Burke at the 6:31 mark gave Louisville their largest lead of the game at 22 (56-34).
With a quick turnaround before the next game, Walz utilized the Cardinal bench the final eight minutes of the game. The Pirates took advantage with a 15-3 run to cut the Cardinals' lead to 10, for a final score of 59-49.
The Cardinals finished the game shooting 42.6 percent from the floor and 26.7 percent from beyond the arc. The Pirates shot 33.3 percent from the floor and 23.8 percent from beyond the arc. Louisville finished with a 39-35 rebounding advantage. Seton Hall is the 10th opponent to be held under 50 points this season by the Cardinals.
The Cardinals will wrap up the regular season on Monday, Feb. 28 as the travel to Rhode Island to face Providence at 7:00 p.m.