Louisville women stifle Kaela Davis and Georgia Tech in historic ACC opener

No more of an enduring sight for UofL fans than Jude Schimmel on a breakaway layup.
Nothing more endearing for UofL women’s basketball fans than Jude Schimmel on a breakaway layup.

Kaela Davis, one of the leading scorers in the Atlantic Coast Conference, was motivated and confident, moving with the music as she and her Georgia Tech teammates prepared to battle the University of Louisville women’s basketball team.

Kaela Davis was ready for another big game.
Kaela Davis was ready for another big game.

Averaging 21.2 points per game, having scored 30 or more in her last two. Feeling good, hamming it up for the cameras, expecting another good night.

The 6-foot-3 sophomore, a candidate for the John Wooden Award, would be sorely disappointed, with a stifling UofL defense. She would be held to a  season-low 11 points, hitting only two of 15 field goal attempts. She would be tagged with her fifth foul at the 3:59 mark.

Mariya Moore had a few moves of her own.
Mariya Moore had a few moves of her own.

“She’s a great player, a super player,” said UofL Coach Jeff Walz. “We did a great job of pressuring her, denying her the ball. I’m really proud of how we executed on defense.”

Scoring honors would go to UofL freshman Mariya Moore, who would connect on nine of 12 shot attempts, including three of six three-point attempts, finishing with 22 points in a 75-48 romp for the Cardinals.

Georgia Tech trailed 22-20 with 4:30 remaining in first half before the Cardinals scored 11 straight points in less than three minutes to for a 33-20 advantage at halftime. That stretched into a 24-2 run, capped by a Sara Hammond spin move, that gave Louisville a 46-22 advantage with 16:33 to play and the game was essentially over.

The game was the first ever for the UofL women in the Atlantic Coast Conference, witnessed by 9,049 fans at the KFC Yum! Center. (Click on photos for slide show.)

Author: Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, as well as a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

One thought on “Louisville women stifle Kaela Davis and Georgia Tech in historic ACC opener”

  1. Great game by Jude Schimmel. She is playing with confidence and doing what we NEED her to do and KEEP doing to have any chance agaist Duke,NC Notre Dame and Fl St. She’s not afraid to handle the ball and needs to keep taking it to the basket to set up opportunities . What can you say about Mariya Moore? She’s got passing skills. She really see’s the court. 8 assists and she wasn’t the primary ball handler. I like the way Arica Carter is playing. On the other hand, WHAT THE HECK is going on with Bria? Hit some outside shots but continues to play poorly.

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