Sara Hammond would miss her first two shots, potential layups, but she make nine of her next 11 field goal attempts to lead the University of Louisville women’s basketball team to an 86-52 win over Iowa.
“She was too close to the basket, about a foot away on those shots,” joked Coach Jeff Walz after the game. Always the kidder, always the motivator, always wanting more from his players.
Hammond would hit four of her next six shots, however, boosting UofL to a 16-9 lead and wouldn’t miss any more. She would wind up with nine of 13 shots, leading all scorers with 19 points, while grabbing five rebounds, making three assists and a steal.
The game was over at half time, with UofL owning a 46-23 lead. Second 30-point loss in a year to Louisville for the Iowa women, shaking their heads, still wondering what hit them.
Myisha Hines-Allen, the 6-foot-2 freshman center, continues to impress, with five of seven field goal attempts and six of eight from the free throw line for 16 points to go with her seven rebounds. Freshman Mariya Moore added 12 points, four steals and six assists. Senior guard Bria Smith added 10 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore Emmonie Henderson had 10 points as well.
The UofL women are 8-0 as they prepare for Kentucky at 2 p.m. Sunday at the KFC Yum! Center. Wear your protective gear.