Jeff Walz was seething, needing an outlet for his frustration, his University of Louisville women’s basketball falling behind Wake Forest 42-31 at the half.
”I had to say a few things – a little motivational speech – but it was unacceptable to come out and play the way we did in the first half,” said Walz after his team’s 79-68 win.
Loud enough to be noted in the Wake Forest locker room down the hall. ”We could hear their coach at halftime – I’ll just leave it at that,” said Wake Forest Coach Jen Hoover.
Whatever he said will stay in Winston-Salem and it took about three minutes for it to take full effect, with the Cards trailing 47-39 at the 17:13 mark in the second half.
Seconds later, Mariya Moore would intercept a pass, drive the distance for her layup, igniting a UofL spurt of seven straight points and outscoring the Demon Deacons 24-12 before finally tying the score at 59-59 on a layup by Shawnta Dyer with four minutes, 30 seconds on the clock. Myisha Hines-Allen would get the go-ahead basket at 7:57 and UofL would never relinquish the lead.
Hines-Allen was tops in the scoring and rebounding columns, with 20 points and 10 rebounds, following closely by Moore with 16 points and seven rebounds.
The Cardinals are 15-1 overall and 3-0 in the conference, thanks to Jeff Walz’ halftime monologue.