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There is not much time left.

Jeff Walz is still working to instill a sense of toughness in his Louisville women’s basketball team as there are just four games remaining in the regular season. In the rematch of the conference championship game from the previous season, center Liz Kitley and No. 13 Virginia Tech upset Louisville, 86-70, on Sunday due to defensive lapses that cost the 18th-ranked Cardinals (21-6, 10-4 ACC) their perfect home record. After winning the first nine games, U of L now faced the defending ACC tournament champions three times in a row. The defeat also put an end to the team’s 13-game winning streak at the KFC Yum! Center.

“You can’t forget to knock down the post cutter on the screen because if you do, then it’s just a layup, and that happened four or five times,” Walz stated. “… We just had some plays that we didn’t show toughness, not just physically but mentally as well.”

Louisville fell behind on screens, which allowed the Hokies (22-4, 13-2) to get quick layups and take an early 11-7 lead. By the end of the first quarter, the Hokies were shooting 53.3% from the field. The Cardinals’ defensive struggles spilled over to their offense — the squad shot 31.3% from the floor in the first 10 minutes.

Like Nina Rickards was a spark against Boston College on Thursday night, Kiki Jefferson found her groove in the second quarter, scoring 12 of her 15 points from the first half in that quarter to end up with 19 points overall throughout the game. However, a balanced Virginia Tech team led by guard Georgia Amoore and forward Kitley overcame her scoring surge.

As Rickards and Jayda Curry watched over Amoore, Nyla Harris, Olivia Cochran, and Elif Istanbulluoglu alternated in their attacks on Kitley. In the game, the Cardinals attempted to force some mismatches against 5-6 Amoore and 6-6 Kitley, but they were unable to hold off for too long as they combined for 49 points. On 34 successful shots, Amoore also had 10 of VT’s 21 assists. Louisville only had four turnovers this season, but on 28 field goals, it only had seven assists.

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