Following an abysmal first half, No. 2 seed Louisville flexed its beginning rotation and stormed again for a 62-53 win over No. 7 seed Northwestern to earn a berth within the Candy 16. The Cardinals outscored the Wildcats 55-28 within the second half.
Louisville scored a season-low 20 factors within the first half and trailed by as a lot as 18. However the Cardinals posted 20 factors within the third quarter and held the Wildcats to eight.
Their 18-point comeback was tied for the third largest comeback within the girls’s match.
“It simply exhibits us that we’re by no means out of a sport,” mentioned the Cardinals’ star guard, Dana Evans.
Evans bought off to a sluggish begin however completed with 14 factors, working as an offensive catalyst in the course of the comeback. Kianna Smith contributed 16 factors and Olivia Cochran had 13 factors and 15 rebounds.
The win was paying homage to the Cardinals’ first spherical win over Marist, the place they trailed 21-12 within the second quarter earlier than coming again to earn a decisive 74-43 victory.
“That is the second straight ballgame,” mentioned Cardinals Coach Jeff Walz. “So the very first thing I’m going to do is change my pregame speech.”
A 17-Zero run within the second half powered the Cardinals on Wednesday, whilst they led for lower than 10 minutes of the sport. The Cardinals shot simply 36 p.c.
Jordan Hamilton led Northwestern with 17 factors.