NCAAW: Jeff Walz reaches 400 wins in Louisville Cardinals’ win over BC

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Jeff Walz, who has actually specifically been a head coach at Louisville and has actually been there for 15 years, saw his No. 3 Cardinals fight back from down 10 after one and make him his 400th profession win, 63-53 over the Boston College Eagles on Sunday at Conte Forum.

Walz had 385 wins entering this season and the Cards have actually now won 15 video games in 2021-22 compared to one loss, which was available in their opener versus No. 7 Arizona.

385 divided by 14 is 27.5 in case you’re questioning, which is amazing.

In the win, Kianna Smith (18 points) was a relaxing impact throughout a second-quarter resurgence, Hailey Van Lith (16 points) made clutch baskets late and Emily Engstler swiped 6 takes.

Louisville (5-0 ACC) won the 2nd 22-5, suffocating a BC offense whose ruling ACC Player of the Week, Cameron Swartz, was threatening to be bothersome throughout of the contest.

Swartz, who dropped 39 on Clemson on Jan. 9, got the house crowd opting for a four-point play that made it 15-8 Eagles at the 3:43 mark of the very first. She followed that with a layup 32 seconds later on.

All that was a welcome sight for a BC group that lost to Louisville by 30 in the very first 2021-22 conference in between the groups.

“I think that definitely the first quarter we just came out really strong and we pushed in transition and that’s not something I feel like we did as much last game,” Swartz stated. “And I think for the most part we didn’t let them determine what our offense did in the beginning. … And I think our defense we just played as hard as we could. I mean T Soule (Taylor Soule) and Marnelle (Garraud) were denying the whole time on some of the best players in the country and stopping them.”

Van Lith had 6 points in the 2nd and colleague Ahlana Smith matched K. Smith with 5 points in the frame, however it was K. Smith who actually slowed things down and got the offense opting for Louisville.

A. Smith struck a 3 that cut the Cards’ deficit to 20-17 2 minutes and 59 seconds into the duration. It was a Van Lith mid-range jumper from the left standard that connected the video game at 21 and a deep 2 from Chelsie Hall that provided Louisville its very first lead of the video game at 23-21.

The energy BC had in the very first was simply nonexistent in the 2nd and the Cards looked a lot more like the No. 3 group in the country.

The Eagles resisted however. After a K. Smith triple provided Louisville a 12-point lead 2 minutes and 19 seconds into the 3rd, BC went on an 8-0 run that included a trey from Marnelle Garraud and a 3-point play transformed by Dontavia Waggoner.

However, 4 was the magic number. Louisville led by a minimum of that much for the whole of the 2nd half. It led by 9 going into the 4th and attained its most significant lead of the video game (15) with 1:04 to play.

The Cardinals got in the contest 4th in the country in scoring defense, enabling 49.2 points per video game. They were coming off a 13-point win over Syracuse in which they enabled a season-high 71. So they returned on track.

BC (12-5, 3-3 ACC) beat those exact same Orange by 24, suggesting prior to the video game even began that they appeared to have a shot at competing with Louisville. The Eagles’ 30-point loss to the Cards previously this season was on the roadway. They gone into Sunday with simply one house loss — a video game versus No. 21 UNC that they appeared to have and just let slip away by 3 — and 8 double-digit house wins. They are 4-3 on the roadway, however are a various group in the house and had factor to be positive.

They had factor to be positive and can likewise feel excellent about themselves moving on after providing No. 3 a scare.

“I think that being in the locker room you can just hear the talk of the girls and the confidence that’s coming out of this game,” Swartz stated.

But with self-confidence comes the natural desire to state “this wasn’t good enough.”

“Everyone that is in Conte every day and sees how hard we work knows that we’re a top team in the nation,” Soule stated. “But I think now it’s just proving (it to) people with box scores and with Ws. I think at the end of the day you can pat yourself on the back for a hard-fought loss, but if it’s not a W, no one’s really gonna respect you enough.”

“I think for the stage our program is in right now, it’s exciting to have a hard-fought battle with the No. 3 team in the country,” stated BC head coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee. “But I just heard, Taylor Soule pretty much said it best, at the end of the day we’re not playing horseshoes.”

Engstler included 7 rebounds and 3 blocks to her stat line. K. Smith was an effective 8-of-13 from the field and 2-of-3 from downtown.

Meanwhile, after yielding fame to Swartz recently, Soule, BC’s leading scorer, notched a team-high 17 points in defeat. Swartz ended up with 12 points, 3 helps and 2 takes, three-time ruling ACC Freshman of the Week Maria Gakdeng included 8 points, 7 rebounds, 3 takes and 2 blocks and Waggoner handled 7 points, 5 rebounds and 4 takes.

The quantity of turnovers each group had was equivalent with Louisville winning the margin by simply 3. However, it turned 24 BC turnovers into 27 points, whereas the Eagles just had 15 points off turnovers. Likewise, BC in fact had another offending rebound than the Cards, however lost 2nd possibility points 14-5. So Louisville actually profited from its additional belongings and BC didn’t.

The Eagles had a hard time from beyond the arc (2-of-15) and from the charity stripe (9-of-16).

BC was the first string out of ESPN’s Jan. 14 bracketology. It will host No. 20 Notre Dame on Thursday, Louisville has a big match versus No. 4 NC State that exact same day in Raleigh.

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