Merissah Russell, with her arms outstretched, seems to epitomize the despair on the University of Louisville bench (Mike DeZarn photo).
Sydney Taylor for two of her nine points in a disappointing team performance against Virgiia Tech (Mike DeZarn photo).

One has to wonder if Elizabeth Kitley, with her 6-foot-6 length, has the ability to dunk the basketball. That’s about the only thing she didn’t do Sunday in front of a crowd of 12,249 at the KFC Yum! Center. Maybe she was just being polite, avoiding the temptation, having already humbled the home team in every other way.

Another great crowd, the community with a huge show of support. But the tall one just too much for the University of Louisville women’s basketball team to overcome. Virginia Tech very convincing in an 86-70 win, much easier than the score implies

Never any doubt about what the outcome was going to be, with Kitley and company toying with their prey, owning the lead for 37 minutes. The Hokies’ center leading all scorers with 26 points, making 12 or 16 shots from the field and two of three from the free throw line. Thirteen rebounds as well.

Kitley making Virginia Tech point guard Georgia Amoore’s job look easy, an easy target with those long arms raised above her head, out of reach. Amoore would be credited with 10 assists while managing to score 23 points herself.

Kitley’s a grad student, Amoore’s a senior, so there’s that. Won’t be around much longer, Covid rules or not.

The statistic commanding second and third looks in the box score was the Cardinals making only four turnovers while the Hokies were guilty of 14 of them. Didn’t matter that UofL scored off of 11 of those turnovers or that the Hokies scored on only four.

Virginia Tech shooters were seemingly impossible to stop, red hot from the field, hitting 64.5% of their shots, compared to 42.4% for the Cardinals.

Coach Jeff Walz bemoaning the lack of fight in his team at the post game press conference. He’s right, of course, but one wonders how this group could have fared with a season or two together behind them. Still needing to gel, but a good way off. Time running short.

The loss shattering any illusions of a possible first place finish for the UofL women, the fourth conference loss in 14 games. The six loss in 27 games overall.

Jada Curry had 13 points and a couple of steals (Mike DeZarn photo).
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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.

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