LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- When we last saw Jeff Walz, he was being honored at mid-court at the KFC Yum! Center, having just won his 200th game as a head coach at the University of Louisville. Monday night, he Lady Cardinals dug themselves too big a hole to climb out of, falling at number 15 Duke, 66-58.
It was 8th-ranked Louisville's third game in four against another ranked opponent. After trailing by six at halftime, U of L went very cold to start the second half and fell behind by 17 at 42-25. They rallied behind 17 points from Sara Hammond and 14 from Mariya Moore, closing within seven on several occasions but getting no closer.
Louisville fell to 19-3 overall, 7-2 in the ACC. Duke is also 7-2 in the conference and 16-6 overall.
Duke didn't get a point from its bench, but had all five starters in double figures, including former Owensboro Catholic star Becca Greenwell who hit 3-of-7 three for 13 points.
"We're not the type of basketball team that can just go out and just play," said Walz. "We've got to follow a scouting report to a T. When we do that, we're pretty talented. But we can't just roll out the ball and say, 'Hey, let's play five-on-five.'"
U of L is now 3-3 against ranked opponents this season. They return home Sunday for a 2:00 pm start against Pittsburgh.
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