BYU vs. Louisville: It wasn't even close

By Lara Boyko - March 17, 2007

All good things must come to an end and for BYU tonight, that's definately the case in their 80-54 loss to Louisville.

The Cougars were riding high on winning their conference, but for the second week in a row, finished the game with an 'L' instead of a 'W.'

This week BYU ran up against a quicker and more athletic Louisville team tonight that put the Cougars second round dreams to rest.

"They outplayed us totally," BYU coach Jeff Judkins said. "It was our worst game all year and they just seemed like they wanted it more."

The Cardinal wanted it more from the moment they got the tip-off and scored in their first possession. While there was a brief moment where BYU had cut the lead down to six, the Cardinal controlled the game.

Leading the Cardinal effort was Angel McCoughtry with 24 points and nine rebounds. Following behind her was Jazz Covington with 14 points and seven rebounds.

In addition, Louisville had all but one player on their roster put some points on the board, they shot 42% from the field compared to BYU's 38% shooting, controlled the boards 43-31 and shut out the Cougars with points off turnovers 23-0.

"We came out and didn't expect their strength or athleticism," said Judkins. "They are a lot more athletic in person than on tape."

BYU's moments of brilliance came from Dani Wright with 12 points and seven rebounds and Mallary Gillespie with 10 points.

Stay tuned, one more game from the Galen Center tonight.

Posted by Lara Boyko at 10:36 PM on March 17, 2007

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