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LOUISVILLE “lost another guard, one of the top players at the time…

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – It’s a noon Sunday basketball game, against a North Carolina A&T team that came in with a 3-3 record. The Louisville women’s team, ranked No. 22 nationally, had played a fantastic half of basketball, building a 34-point second quarter lead before leading by 33 at the break.

Louisville coach Jeff Walz got back in from Louisville’s ACC Championship football game loss in Charlotte late Saturday night, will have long recruiting trips out west on Monday and Wednesday. But on this Saturday afternoon, in the second half, he’s not exactly pleased.

Louisville went on to win this game 80-40. It was a physical, disjointed matchup, with players hitting the ground, a technical on an NC A&T player and Louisville point guard Nina Rickards knocking knees with an opponent and leaving the game, not to return.

Around all of that, there’s an observation from Walz that is telling.

“The biggest takeaway for me, which I’ve got to challenge kids on is, you know, the first half was fantastic,” Walz said. “But then our second half was not very good. You’ve got to be able to — I don’t care what the score – you’ve got to be able to do the fundamental things right. And unfortunately, we didn’t do those very well in the second half. The score had something to do with it. But if you want to be elite, it doesn’t matter what the score is. You’ve got to continue to do the fundamental parts of this game the correct way. I mean, we scored 26 points in the second half. And we scored 29 In the first quarter and 25 in the second and we mustered an impressive 26 in the third and fourth quarters.”

Louisville is 8-1 and coming off a win over a ranked Ole Miss team on the road. The Cardinals are good, though with so many transfers, their identity as a team isn’t completely clear yet.

We know this much. They are pretty good at turning opponents over. They forced 31 turnovers on Sunday, their seventh straight game of 20 or more turnovers created. Louisville had a 43-8 edge in points off turnovers

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