So how does a coach get inside of a player’s head who hit only two of 16 shots in the most recent loss, lucky to get those, frustrating the player, letting down teammates?

University of Louisville women’s basketball coach Jeff Walz will keep drawing up plays and giving Monique Reid the ball. As he did with the Lady Cards trailing Villanova 50-49 with 14 seconds on the clock. Get the ball to Monique Reid, and watch the video for the winning basket.

Reid comes through big with a layup to put Louisville on top 51-50 and ahead to stay, followed by a couple of free throws from Keisha Hines for the final 53-50 score. Reid leads all scorers with 20 points while collecting seven rebounds.

  • Hines would add 11 points herself, hitting seven of 11 free throws and 14 rebounds — her third double-double in her career — surviving one crushing blow after another in the middle.
  • Becky Burke never gets any rest, playing 40 minutes in this game and almost every other, collecting 11 points and five rebounds. She never seems to tire, loving the game.
  • Shelby Harper chipping in two points while quarterbacking the team at point guard for 38 minutes, relentless on defense, never underestimate her contributions.
  • Those closing seconds was obviously tough for the guy dressed in Nike/Big Blue in the video, attempting to be invisible while sneaking past the observer and out of Freedom Hall.
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By Charlie Springer

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

4 thoughts on “Louisville Women Nip Villanova, 53-50”
  1. These Lady Cards may be shorthanded but they give you a fight and they never quit. Exciting to watch. Way to go, good victory.

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